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Russia denies involvement in alleged hacking of COVID-19 vaccine research

Russia is denying claims by Canada, the U.K. and the U.S. that its intelligence services were behind a group of cyber hackers that tried to steal research into a possible vaccine for the virus that causes COVID-19. Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry »

Health, International, Internet, Science & Technology, Politics

Russian hackers targeted COVID-19 vaccine research, intelligence agencies say

A hacker group that “almost certainly operates as part of Russian intelligence services” has tried to steal COVID-19-related vaccine research in Canada, the U.K. and the U.S., according to a joint assessment by intelligence agencies in all three countries. The »

International, Politics

Russia accuses Canada and the U.S. of violating Open Skies treaty

Russia is claiming Canada and the United States have violated a key international accord designed to build trust and prevent wars between former Cold War adversaries — and accuses Washington’s allies of kowtowing to the Trump administration on U.S. policies that go against »

International, Politics

Canada and allies meeting to discuss U.S. withdrawal from Open Skies Treaty

Canada and Hungary will co-host a virtual conference of signatories to the Open Skies Treaty on July 6 to discuss the pending U.S. withdrawal from an international accord designed to build trust and prevent wars, say officials at Global Affairs »

International, Politics

Canada and the U.S. demand release of dual citizen jailed in Russia

Ottawa and Washington are slamming a “severe” sentence handed to a dual U.S.-Canadian citizen, who was convicted of espionage by a Russian court following a trial where most of the evidence was kept secret. Paul Whelan, who was born in »

International, Politics

Canada opposes Russia’s participation in G7, Trudeau says

Canada does not support the proposal by U.S. President Donald Trump to invite Russia to the upcoming Group of Seven summit in the United States, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday. Trump said on Saturday he would postpone the G7 »

International, Politics

U.S. withdrawal from Open Skies Treaty ‘serious’ challenge for Canada: expert

Washington’s pending withdrawal from a confidence-building international treaty that permits member nations to conduct observation flights over each other’s territory is going to present Canada with a difficult strategic challenge, according to one Canadian defence expert. Rob Huebert, who teaches »

International, Internet, Science & Technology, Politics

Canadian NATO soldiers in Latvia targeted by disinformation campaign

The NATO battle group in Latvia currently led by Canadians, has apparently been the victim of a disinformation campaign over COVID-19. Last month some media outlets in the Baltic and Eastern Europe suggested that the military encampment located outside Riga »

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COVID-19 roundup: Finns not too mentally affected by virus; Svalbard opens up

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a smaller impact on the psychological health of the population than expected, according to findings from the Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare (THL). Tourism to the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard from Norway will be »

International, Internet, Science & Technology, Politics

Russia’s military feat in Arctic, spectacular, but no real threat to West

Russia’s military in late April achieved a spectacular first. An elite team of paratroops jumped from a giant transport jet at a height of 10,000 metres above their Arctic archipelago. The paratroops used oxygen masks, specially designed clothing, parachutes and »