Europe

Latvia to reinstate compulsory military service amid Russia’s war on Ukraine

Latvia will reinstate compulsory military service for young men in response to Russian aggression, Defense Minister Artis Pabriks announced on Tuesday. More Latvians with militarily training will act to deter Russia from targeting its smaller neighbor in a so-called zero-warning attack, Pabriks said in a tweet. Men from 18 to 27 years of age will […]

Canada

Quebec’s Roxham Road on track to see record number of asylum seekers — but they face delays and despair in post-pandemic Canada

MONTREAL—In Pascal’s Canadian dream, he becomes a doctor. He’s only been in the country a month. He has a long way to go. But consider how long he’s been running, and how far he came to get here. He left his home in Cap-Haïtien, on the north coast of Haiti, for the Dominican Republic, which […]

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Pope hoping to visit Moscow, Kyiv to ‘serve the cause of peace’

Pope Francis wants to go to Moscow and Kyiv to try and end Russia’s war on Ukraine. In an interview with Reuters published on Monday, the pontiff said there has been contact between Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov about a possible trip to Moscow. “We exchanged messages […]

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This week in U.S. politics: One of the most eventful periods in U.S. Supreme Court history and how it’s trajectory affects Canada

WASHINGTON—When, just after noon on Thursday, Ketanji Brown Jackson was sworn in as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice, it was a historic occasion: after all this time, a Black woman is finally taking a seat on that court—the first former public defender to do so, too. Yet after the term the court has had, culminating […]

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A Canadian pipeline dream? Canada this country’s LNG really help Europe amid Russia’s war on Ukraine?

Canada’s offer to send natural gas to Europe to reduce reliance on Russian fuel is both technically unworkable and incompatible with commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, energy experts say. Despite the fact that Canada doesn’t currently have any liquid natural gas (LNG) export facilities, Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said last month that direct […]

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Canada was a myth my immigrant parents believed. I see the pain that underlies it

What does the Canadian flag mean to you? The answers to that question are as diverse as Canada itself. For some, it stirs notions of pride, of accomplishment, of history and of place. For others, it is a symbol that carries the painful legacy of cruelty, racism or even genocide. To mark this Canada Day, […]

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Canada expanding military and diplomatic presence in Eastern Europe as NATO gets tough with Russia

OTTAWA—Canada will ramp up and lead an increased military deployment to Latvia, shaping a multinational brigade as part of NATO’s surge of 300,000 more troops in Eastern Europe to push back against any Russian ambition to expand its war beyond Ukraine. At the same time, Ottawa will expand its diplomatic presence in Eastern Europe, opening […]

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Live Blog: NATO summit

NATO leaders gathered in Madrid for a summit this week notched an early win Tuesday night, reaching an agreement that paves the way for a key expansion. Turkey had been holding up the NATO bids of Finland and Sweden, which both applied to join the military alliance after Russia invaded Ukraine. But on Tuesday night, […]

Europe

In Madrid, NATO must focus on the long term

Ivo Daalder, former U.S. ambassador to NATO, is president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and host of the weekly podcast “World Review with Ivo Daalder.”  Before going to war, Russian President Vladimir Putin believed NATO allies were too divided and weak to respond effectively to his country’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine — he […]

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Control freaks: G7 leaders push to cap oil prices

Press play to listen to this article ELMAU, Germany — Behind the free-trading façade of the G7, there’s now more than a whiff of Gosplan, the old Soviet central planning committee. Like price-fixing apparatchiks, leaders of the G7, the world’s industrialized democracies, convened in the Bavarian Alps for their annual meeting with a plan to […]