Across the Horn of Africa, a devastating drought threatens starvation and famine for millions

Across the Horn of Africa, a devastating drought threatens starvation and famine for millions

Across the Horn of Africa, from northern Kenya to eastern Ethiopia and most of Somalia, a devastating drought has triggered a spike in malnutrition and the looming threat of famine, with millions of people increasingly at risk of starvation. The drought’s causes are a toxic cocktail of the worst ills of the 21st century: civil … Read more

Hong Kong’s last British governor, Chris Patten, reveals in new diaries how he battled London and Beijing over handover

Hong Kong’s last British governor, Chris Patten, reveals in new diaries how he battled London and Beijing over handover

British expats wave their flag in Hong Kong on June 30, 1997, on the eve of the handover of the British territory to China. The flag of the new Hong Kong Special Administrative Region is on a banner in the background.John Lehmann/The Canadian Press In 1999, Chris Patten, the last British governor of Hong Kong, … Read more

What is stagflation, and does it lead to a recession? What you need to know as global economic worries grow

What is stagflation, and does it lead to a recession?  What you need to know as global economic worries grow

There are growing concerns worldwide that ‘stagflation’ could push many countries towards recession.Christopher Katsarov/The Canadian Press The world economy is being hammered on all sides. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, soaring inflation and rising interest rates are weighing on global growth and pushing many countries towards recession. That’s reviving concerns about “stagflation” – a noxious combination … Read more

Doug Ford’s PCs have won Ontario’s election. Horwath and Del Duca are stepping down. What now? The new Queen’s Park explained

Doug Ford’s PCs have won Ontario’s election.  Horwath and Del Duca are stepping down.  What now?  The new Queen’s Park explained

Doug Ford supporters celebrate at Thursday’s election-night rally at the Toronto Congress Center after the Progressive Conservatives won a second majority government.Spencer Colby/The Globe and Mail latest updates Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives have comfortably won a second majority in an Ontario election where, by early estimates, turnout hit record lows. Mr. Ford used his Thursday-night … Read more

Ottawa’s Block 2 offers six striking design options for Parliament Hill’s new neighborhoods

Ottawa’s Block 2 offers six striking design options for Parliament Hill’s new neighborhoods

When was the last time the federal government commissioned a great building? This hasn’t happened for half a century in Ottawa, where recent public architecture has been unambitious and underwhelming. That is likely to change with Block 2, a new office complex to be built across the street from Parliament Hill. Some of the world’s … Read more

Russia’s use of chemical weapons in Mariupol unverified, but not unexpected as Moscow faces setbacks, Ukrainian general says

Russia’s use of chemical weapons in Mariupol unverified, but not unexpected as Moscow faces setbacks, Ukrainian general says

A Russian soldier patrols at a theater in Mariupol on April 12, the day of a media trip organized by Russia’s military. Ukrainian authorities are investigating unverified claims that the Russians used chemical weapons in this besieged Black Sea port.ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP via Getty Images The head of Ukraine’s military intelligence service said a report that … Read more

Bank of Canada is widely expected to raise its interest rate by 0.5% on Wednesday. Here’s what that means for Canadians

Bank of Canada is widely expected to raise its interest rate by 0.5% on Wednesday.  Here’s what that means for Canadians

A person walks past the Bank of Canada in Ottawa.Spencer Colby/The Globe and Mail The Bank of Canada is expected to announce its second interest rate hike of the year at Wednesday’s policy meeting, with economists predicting it will be the largest in two decades – half a percentage point – in response to rising … Read more

Ukrainian mothers who survived shelling of maternity ward describe the day Russian forces opened fire

Ukrainian mothers who survived shelling of maternity ward describe the day Russian forces opened fire

A maternity poster, damaged by shrapnel, lies in the reception room of the Adonis Maternity Hospital in Buzova, Ukraine, on April 9.Photography by Anton Skyba/The Globe and Mail There is no mistaking the Adonis Maternity Hospital. The five-storey building is flanked with signs depicting mothers kissing babies and billboard-sized text identifying it as an obstetrics … Read more

Russia-Ukraine live updates: Russian forces hit near Kyiv a day after promised pullback

Russia-Ukraine live updates: Russian forces hit near Kyiv a day after promised pullback

Mayor of Chernihiv Vadyslav Atroshenko, right, speaks to a journalist near the shopping mall damaged by night shelling in Chernihiv, Ukraine, Wednesday, March 30, 2022. Ukrainian officials say Russian forces pounded areas around Kyiv and another Ukrainian city overnight.Vladislav Savenok/The Associated Press Here are the latest updates on the war in Ukraine: Reports of shelling … Read more