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    There’s lots at stake in this election. And lots of time to decide.
    Aug06

    There’s lots at stake in this election. And lots of time to decide.

    Much has been made of the fact that the 2015 federal election campaign will be Canada’s longest since the 19th century, when horse-powered ballot delivery necessitated voting periods that stretched over several months. But even if technology has improved, an 11-week campaign can still be put to good use today in the 21st century. The 2015...

    The election’s on. The first debate is soon. Here’s how we got here.
    Aug06

    The election’s on. The first debate is soon. Here’s how we got here.

    Watch Maclean’s National Leaders Debate on TV and online on Aug. 6 at 8pm ET. Find out how, here. Any history of the Long Campaign of 2015 that begins with the official launch—the sunny summer morning of Aug. 2, 2015, when Stephen and Laureen Harper strode to the front door of Rideau Hall—will miss much of the action. Sure, many long weeks...

    France Reimburses Russia for Warships as Deal Becomes Casualty of Ukraine Sanctions
    Aug06

    France Reimburses Russia for Warships as Deal Becomes Casualty of Ukraine Sanctions

    Both countries announced the official cancellation of the 2011 deal for the two French warships, without specifying how much Russia had received. …read more Source: The New York...

    Russia Concerns Driving Neighbors to NATO
    Aug06

    Russia Concerns Driving Neighbors to NATO

    Concern about Russian aggression has led Russian neighbors in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to urge troop build-ups in their countries. As Poland’s President Andrzej Duda is sworn in to office Thursday, he and a growing chorus of voices in eastern Europe are calling for permanent NATO troops to warn off threats from Russia. Keir...

    Russia Considers Limiting State Procurement of Foreign Condoms
    Aug05

    Russia Considers Limiting State Procurement of Foreign Condoms

    Russia could ban the government procurement of medical goods including bandages, tampons and condoms from all but three foreign states, according to a draft law submitted by the Ministry of Industry and Trade. It is not immediately clear why the Russian government would consider such a legal move, however it comes less than a week after Iceland,...

    Mistral Warships Deal Update: Russia, France Agree To Terms On Canceled Agreement
    Aug05

    Mistral Warships Deal Update: Russia, France Agree To Terms On Canceled Agreement

    The office of French President Francois Hollande said Wednesday that he had reached an agreement with Russian President Vladimir Putin on compensation terms for a canceled deal to deliver two Mistral warships to Russia, Agence France-Presse reported. The deal was shelved after Russia annexed Crimea in March 2014, spurring sanctions from West....

    NATO Halves Size of Baltic Air Police Mission
    Aug05

    NATO Halves Size of Baltic Air Police Mission

    Despite a rise in Russian air activity over northern Europe, NATO is halving the size of its Baltic Air Policing mission headquartered in Lithuania, as it believes the number of aircraft stationed there exceeds the needs of the mission. The Air Policing mission has carried out a large part of the interceptions of Russian aircraft approaching and,...

    US Troop Convoys March Across Europe in Show of Deterrence
    Aug05

    US Troop Convoys March Across Europe in Show of Deterrence

    Since the invasion of the Crimean Peninsula, the U.S. has talked a lot about deterring Russian aggression toward eastern European NATO allies. But what does that deterrence look like? VOA Pentagon correspondent Carla Babb spoke with the commander of the U.S. Army’s 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, who says deterrence is a very visible convoy....

    Kremlin Says France Returns Money For Canceled Warship Deal
    Aug05

    Kremlin Says France Returns Money For Canceled Warship Deal

    The Kremlin says France has paid compensation for a canceled contract for the delivery of two Mistral-class warships to Russia. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Hollande, Putin reach accord on cancelled warship deal: Paris
    Aug05

    Hollande, Putin reach accord on cancelled warship deal: Paris

    Paris (AFP) – French President Francois Hollande’s office said Wednesday he had reached an agreement with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on compensation for failing to deliver two Mistral warships over the Ukraine crisis.The fate of the two helicopter carriers has plagued Franco-Russian ties for more than a year, following...