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Middle East

Harper wants MPs to agree to an extended military mission in Libya

DEAUVILLE, France -- The G8 leaders agree that more must be done to oust Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi and Prime Minister Stephen Harper will ask Parliament next month to extend the Canadian...

Canada drops 240 smart bombs on Libya but reluctant to reveal cost of mission

Forces spokesman says Canadian warplanes have dropped 240 laser-guided bombs on Libyan targets since March 31.  The information comes from a weekly briefing on Canada's participation in the NATO...

Pride and regret for Canadian troops leaving Afghanistan as mission winds up

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- The slight swagger in the steps of Canadian soldiers in southern Afghanistan these days is tempered by wistfulness over what has been and what might yet come. As the sun...

North Vancouver father wants information on journalist daughter missing in Syria

Al-Jazeera reporter arrived at airport but never checked into hotel, her dad says.

Bin Laden death won't keep America safe, warns Middle East expert

Terrorism will remain as long as Western foreign policy toward the Middle East is unchanged, says UBC's Hani Faris.

Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan happy but cautious at bin Laden's death

Good news for troops, but it won't change their mission, and it might provoke reaction, they say.

Blogger given three year sentence in Egypt for dissent

Is this the form of democracy we must expect from the new Egypt? A military court has passed a three-year jail sentence on the blogger Maikel Nabil Sanad, Reporters Without Borders, says.  Sanad...

Comedian Maz Jobrani brings stereotype-smashing jokes to Vancouver

"Every time they show us on TV, they always show the crazy guy burning a flag, going, 'Death to America!'" joked Iranian-American comedian Maz Jobrani in a stand-up routine. "Just once, I...

Libya conflict a chance for Canada to restore moral standing, UBC professor believes

UBC adjunct professor Hani Faris comments on Libyan conflict and Canada's possible relation to it. Is Libya in, or headed toward, a civil war?

Libyan oil seducing West into warfare, UBC prof says

Libya has the largest oil reserves in all of Africa, says Hani Faris, adjunct professor of the UBC Department of Political Science and President of US-based Trans-Arab Research Institute.