Canada’s spy agency is briefing Vancouver-area politicians on foreign interference

VANCOUVER—Canada’s spy agency has warned some municipalities in British Columbia to be wary of foreign interference in local elections this fall. Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart says the Canadian Security Intelligence Service met with him recently, in what he was told was an unprecedented step, to go over concerns the agency has about the possibility foreign … Read more

There are seven new faces — including a former CFLer — in Doug Ford’s cabinet

Former city councillors, former mayors and a former CFLer were among the seven MPPs appointed to cabinet by Premier Doug Ford. Six of the seven are newly elected MPPs, with one — Michael Parsa — serving a second term at Queen’s Park. Charmaine Williams, a former Brampton councilor who is now associate minister of women’s … Read more

Arizona GOP Senate candidates hold debate as negative ads overtake airwaves

The Republican candidates for Senate in Arizona faced off in a heated debate for the first time on Thursday night as the closely watched race is becoming one of the most expensive primary battles in the country. GOP hopefuls vying to take on incumbent Democrat Sen. Mark Kelly includes Attorney General Mark Brnovich, businessman Jim … Read more

EU leaders tackle inflation, energy shocks from Russia’s war

BRUSSELS — A day after endorsing Ukraine’s candidacy to join the European Union, the bloc’s leaders turned their attention Friday to the severe economic turbulence looming over the coming months as the full impact of Russia’s war sinks in and the threat of recession rises. The EU’s 27 leaders gathered in Brussels to grapple with … Read more

UK Conservatives lose 2 elections in blow to PM Johnson

LONDON — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson suffered a double blow as voters rejected his Conservative Party in two special elections dominated by questions about his leadership and ethics. The party’s chairman quit after the results early Friday, saying the party “cannot carry on with business as usual.” The centrist Liberal Democrats overturned a large … Read more

Colombia: president-elect looks to build governing coalition

Bogota Colombia — President-elect Gustavo Petro, who has vowed to lift up Colombia’s poor and disenfranchised, has won the support of an influential party of the establishment as he tries to build a majority coalition in Congress. Petro, a former Bogotá mayor and a member of the M-19 rebel group that demobilized in the 1980s, … Read more

Tension in Iraq as cleric accuses Iran’s allies of meddling

BAGHDAD — Iraq’s Parliament is set to hold a session Thursday to vote in replacements for 73 lawmakers who resigned earlier this month. The collective walkout by followers of Iraq’s most influential Shiite politician threw Iraq into further uncertainty, deepening a months-long political crisis over government formation. However, it was not clear whether the extraordinary … Read more

Lebanon’s president holds consultations to name premier

BEIRUT — Lebanon’s president began consultations with members of parliamentary blocs on Thursday to name a new prime minister following last month’s parliamentary elections. Outgoing Prime Minister Najib Mikati is widely expected to get the largest support from legislators to form a new Cabinet that will be in power until the end of October when … Read more

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi moved from secret location to prison

BANGKOK — You Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi was transferred Wednesday from a secret detention location to a prison in the country’s capital, legal officials familiar with her case said. Her ongoing court cases will be tried at a new facility constructed in the prison compound, they said. Suu Kyi was arrested on Feb. … Read more

Israel lawmakers take 1st step toward dissolving parliament

JERUSALEM — Israeli lawmakers voted in favor of dissolving parliament in a preliminary vote on Wednesday, setting the wheels in motion to send the country to its fifth national election in just over three years. The motion was the first step in a series of votes before the formal disbanding of the government. It came … Read more