Afghanistan is a picture of sorrow one year after Taliban takeover

Afghanistan is a picture of sorrow one year after Taliban takeover

Outside a Kabul mosque last month, a prosthetic leg is a stark reminder that Afghanistan is one of the most heavily mined countries in the world. Mosques were crowded due to the Eid al-Adha holiday amid fears of Islamic State militants who oppose Taliban rule. Globe and Mail photographer Goran Tomasevic has been documenting life … Read more

Hong Kong activists in Canada, US and UK announce plans to form exile parliament

Hong Kong activists in Canada, US and UK announce plans to form exile parliament

Pro-democracy protesters are surrounded by police officers as they carry a banner against the chief executive election near a polling station in Hong Kong on May 8.Kin Cheung/The Associated Press A group of Hong Kong activists living in Canada, the United States and Britain say they will hold elections to a parliament-in-exile next year, aiming … Read more

Canada Day celebrations return in-person as festivities, protests converge in Ottawa

Canada Day celebrations return in-person as festivities, protests converge in Ottawa

A Skyhawk member glides beside the Peace tower during Canada Day events in Ottawa on July 1.Lars Hagberg/The Canadian Press Canadians across the country celebrated Canada Day largely unobstructed by pandemic restrictions for the first time in three years, with some taking the holiday as an opportunity to revive anti-government protests in Ottawa. The largest … Read more

France’s far right sends shockwaves after electoral breakthrough

France’s far right sends shockwaves after electoral breakthrough

French far-right party Rassemblement National (RN) leader Marine Le Pen speaks to journalists after delivering a speech after the first results of the parliamentary elections in Henin-Beaumont, northern France, on June 19, 2022.DENIS CHARLET/AFP/Getty Images France’s far right scored a historic success in legislative elections on Sunday, increasing its number of lawmakers almost tenfold and … Read more

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon launches campaign for second independence referendum

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon launches campaign for second independence referendum

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon speaks at a news conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, on June 14.Russell Cheyne/The Associated Press Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon launched her campaign for a second independence referendum on Tuesday, arguing that Scotland would be economically better off outside the United Kingdom. Ms. Sturgeon, who leads the Scottish National Party as … Read more

Ottawa police evacuate Parliament Hill

Ottawa police evacuate Parliament Hill

Parliament has been evacuated and police have blocked access to Parliament Hill in Ottawa for what they’re calling an “ongoing police investigation.” Parliamentary Protective Services (PPS) said in an email to the Star that Parliament Hill has been evacuated and a police operation is underway “with a possible threat.” It said all parliamentary buildings have … Read more

Bank of Canada expected to announce another supersized interest rate hike to help tamper inflation

Bank of Canada expected to announce another supersized interest rate hike to help tamper inflation

Before the April rate hike, the central bank had not announced a half-point increase for two decades.Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press The Bank of Canada is expected to announce another oversized interest rate increase this week, part of its effort to push Canadian borrowing costs rapidly higher in the hope of slowing the pace of consumer … Read more

Secret documents on fired Winnipeg scientists to be seen by Liberal and NDP committee after deal is struck

Secret documents on fired Winnipeg scientists to be seen by Liberal and NDP committee after deal is struck

The National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg, Manitoba on June 17, 2021.Shannon VanRaes/The Globe and Mail The Liberal government and the NDP have struck a deal to set up an ad hoc committee – without the approval of the Official Opposition – that will gain access to secret documents on the firings of two infectious-disease scientists … Read more

Tiff Macklem doubles down on message that Canadians should prepare for higher interest rates

Tiff Macklem doubles down on message that Canadians should prepare for higher interest rates

Governor of the Bank of Canada Tiff Macklem, ahead of his appearance before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance, in Ottawa on April 25.Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press The Bank of Canada is prepared to raise interest rates “forcefully if needed” to get inflation under control, Governor Tiff Macklem said Wednesday, doubling down on … Read more