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Was Canada’s refugee system a success or failure in the case of Lai Changxing?

The recent deportation of one of China’s “most wanted” criminals from Canada raises important questions about Canada’s refugee system. Lai Changxing (aka Lai Cheong Sing) came to Canada in...

Geeks or cyberwarriors? Digital revolution underway in North Korea

Inside Pyongyang, there's a small but growing digital world. It's just not clear what the goal is.

Canada begins engagement with Myanmar, but rules out early end to sanctions

Engagement will focus solely on human rights, minister says.

Afghan translators for Canadian troops offered "fast-tracked" immigrant status

More than 500 workers who put themselves at risk will be moving to Canada, Ottawa says.

Radioactive beef found in Japan

Now the Japanese have something else to worry about. Radioactive cesium has been found in beef, and it exceeded 60 times the legal limit, the Province reported today. Reportedly, 373.15 kilograms (...

US takes formal charge of Canada's Afghan mission

Effort to "support Afghan people" cost 157 soldiers' lives.

Combat ends but battle rages on for wounded Canadian troops

Afghanistan withdrawal deadline won't end the struggle for soldiers hurt in battle -- mentally or physically.

Greater Vancouver Bangladesh Cultural Association leader calls attack on UBC student in Bangladesh "inhuman"

"It was inhuman," said Abdul Kalam Azad, general secretary of the Greater Vancouver Bangladesh Cultural Association, of the attacks against a female UBC student by her husband in Bangladesh.  On...

Will Canada take Fukushima's radioactive rods?

Canada is "one of the more logical choices" for storing Fukushima's radioactive rods, a sobering article in an international journal says.

Light's out: you're in Nepal

Light's out, you're in Nepal.  We arrived at the Schechen Guest House with our I-phones and I-pads and no electricity.  There was a polite struggle between me, my son, and  my....(...