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    At Least 10 Opposition Figures Have Died in Ukraine Just This Year
    Apr22

    At Least 10 Opposition Figures Have Died in Ukraine Just This Year

    James CardenThe spate of murders and suspicious suicides does not bode well for Ukraine’s democracy. …read more Source: The...

    Budget promises to boost DND spending in two years while veterans see cash now
    Apr22

    Budget promises to boost DND spending in two years while veterans see cash now

    OTTAWA – The Harper government is promising to spend more on the day-to-day-upkeep of the military, but the cash does not kick in for two years and is short of what the parliamentary budget office says is necessary to maintain the status quo.The new federal budget also confirms previously announced improvements to veterans benefits and...

    NATO cybersecurity drill to focus on hackers
    Apr22

    NATO cybersecurity drill to focus on hackers

    TALLINN, Estonia — About 400 computer experts will participate in a major cybersecurity drill in Estonia this week as part of NATO’s efforts to upgrade its capability to counter potentially debilitating hacker attacks, organizers said Tuesday. Officials said a key theme this year is the potential threat caused by the migration from the...

    Russian workers’ protests a new challenge to Putin’s policies
    Apr22

    Russian workers’ protests a new challenge to Putin’s policies

    In St. Petersburg, autoworkers laid down their tools. [...] at a remote construction site in Siberia, laborers painted their complaints in gigantic white letters on the roofs of their dormitories. After months of frustration with an economy sagging under the weight of international sanctions and falling energy prices, workers across Russia are...

    Europe Throws Down the Gauntlet at Gazprom
    Apr22

    Europe Throws Down the Gauntlet at Gazprom

    European Union competition officials will likely throw the book at Russian energy giant Gazprom on Wednesday, flexing Brussels’s strongest muscle and potentially reshaping an energy sector that has worked largely to Moscow’s advantage since the 1970s. EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, who leapt into global headlines last...

    Nine takeaways from the 2015 federal budget
    Apr22

    Nine takeaways from the 2015 federal budget

    Finance Minister Joe Oliver delivers the federal budget in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Tuesday April 21, 2015. (Adrian Wyld/CP) Finance Minister Joe Oliver delivered, as he’d repeated vowed to, a balanced budget—although his projected $1.4 billion surplus this year relied on cutting the annual contingency cushion...

    Federal budget: At a glance
    Apr22

    Federal budget: At a glance

    Here are some highlights of the 2015-16 federal budget introduced Tuesday by Finance Minister Joe Oliver: –The budget is balanced, with a projected surplus of $1.4 billion this year, increasing to $4.8 billion in 2019-20. –The sale of the government’s General Motors shares, purchased in 2009 as part of an effort to help the auto industry...

    Federal budget: Some highlights
    Apr22

    Federal budget: Some highlights

    Federal Budget: Highlights by the numbers $1.4 billion Projected budget surplus in 2015-16 $1.3 billion Amount over six years, beginning in 2017-18, the government will provide to the Canada Foundation for Innovation for research infrastructure at universities, colleges and research hospitals $11.8 billion Promised boost to National Defence...

    Federal budget: Canada to spend additional $360 million on war against ISIL
    Apr21

    Federal budget: Canada to spend additional $360 million on war against ISIL

    War isn’t cheap. The Conservative government expects to spend more than $360 million on Canada’s fight against the Islamic State over the next 12 months. That is on top of the $122 million already spent on the war, bringing the total to nearly half a billion dollars. The revelation is contained in the federal budget, making the war...

    Global Survey: Approval for Russia Lowest Among World Powers; US Highest
    Apr21

    Global Survey: Approval for Russia Lowest Among World Powers; US Highest

    For the eighth consecutive year, Russia has earned the lowest approval ratings among major world powers in a survey of people in more than 130 countries, with Moscow’s ranking falling sharply in Western nations after its intervention last year in Ukraine. The Gallup survey of about 1,000 adults in each of the countries showed the United...