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There are at least 1,700 Canadian citizens living in Sudan, where deadly fighting between rival generals this month has compromised the safety of cites such as Khartoum, the capital. The conflict has also made it difficult for other countries to conduct airlifts to get their people to safety.
Speaking to reporters today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tried to explain why Canada’s military aircraft have had trouble extracting the 550 people who have asked for assistance. He said various countries are discussing where and when they can get access to the “very limited … places where those airlifts can happen.”
Reports say there are Canadian aircraft and military ships stationed in the region.
Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly, who said 100 Canadians have already left Sudan, added that safe passage has been negotiated with nearby countries such as Ethiopia, Egypt and Kenya.
She said those attempting to leave on their own or with assistance have been aided by a temporary ceasefire, which appears to be threatened by ongoing skirmishes.
- Related: One side in Sudan conflict has seized control of lab that holds biological material, UN says
- Explainer: Sudan’s conflict explained: What’s behind the latest fighting?
Joe Biden launches re-election bid
Casting himself as the defender of American democracy in a video released on social media this morning, Joe Biden has officially declared he will run again for U.S. president in 2024.
Biden, who is already the oldest president ever at age 80, aimed broadsides at what he called MAGA extremists in the Republican party. Whether the Republican candidate to oppose Biden will be Donald Trump or someone else is hotly contested and contributes to deep political divisions in America that Biden says he wants to heal.
- David Shribman: The launch of Biden’s fourth presidential bid reflects a stark contrast with the man he used to be
- Tony Keller: A second term for Joe Biden is a terrible idea – except for all the alternatives
Hefty settlement silences one royal, but another persists in suit against Murdoch newspapers
In the wake of the Dominion Voting Systems settlement, new revelations show that Rupert Murdoch’s media empire settled in 2020 with another aggrieved party, this time an heir to a throne.
While Prince Harry continues to pursue a lawsuit against News Group Newspapers, claiming its tabloids were unlawful in pursuing stories about him and his wife, court documents say his brother, the Prince of Wales, instead settled with the company for a “very large sum.”
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Harry Belafonte dies at 96: The chart-topping, barrier-breaking singer and actor who pivoted to activism later in life has died at home in New York.
Ukrainian city shelled: At least two people were killed when a Russian missile struck a museum in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kupiansk today.
Picketing workers still on payroll: Some federal public servants on strike will continue to be paid their salaries, but could have that pay clawed back after the work stoppage ends. The union has been busy fielding questions from its members to address the lack of clarity on the matter.
Beijing to step in to fill local Hong Kong seats: With elections for Hong Kong’s district councils due this year, the head of government says the process will be different this time, upending a system that allowed pro-democracy activists to win landslides in 2019.
Oilers to return to rookie goalie: The Edmonton Oilers return to home ice for Game 5 of their first-round series against the L.A. Kings tonight and will turn to starting goalie Stuart Skinner, who was pulled after allowing three goals in the first period in Game 4. The Oilers came back to win that game in overtime with Jack Campbell in net.
Soft earnings forecasts and indicators of waning U.S. consumer confidence were among the factors leading to dips in the major North American stock indexes today.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 344.57 points, or 1.02%, to 33,530.83; and the S&P 500 lost 65.41 points, or 1.58%, at 4,071.63. The Nasdaq Composite dropped 238.05 points, or 1.98%, to 11,799.16 in its biggest one-day percentage decline since March 9. TSX ended down 236.87 points, or 1.2%, at 20,439.87.
One Canadian dollar traded at 73.40 cents US.
Dominion Voting Systems’ legal win against Fox News doesn’t solve the bigger problem
“I think a lot of people who do care about the truth have put their faith in an organization that doesn’t. I don’t know how people who knowingly lie to audiences who trust and believe in them sleep at night.” – Marsha Lederman
- Related: Dominion Voting Systems defamation suit against Fox News produced trove of Tucker Carlson messages
Involuntary care doesn’t need to be dehumanizing
“It is possible to deprive someone of one right while respecting others, to recruit patients as collaborators in their own care. But this happens too rarely.” – Anna Mehler Paperny
What Northern Ireland teaches us about ending the Ukraine war
“U.K., Irish, and American diplomats allowed individuals and groups that had authorized or carried out acts of violence to participate in the political process. This was a difficult but necessary concession, as it turned out that those who had demonstrated military strength were the same who had the requisite political strength to make a deal.” – Richard Haass
Price match, buy in-season products, cook from scratch and more budget-friendly tips for eaters
Inflation has hit Canadians’ grocery bills hard, but let us guide you through some of the ways to fight back, including employing the help of price-matching apps, monitoring household food waste and trading meat for beans.
TODAY’S LONG READ
Solutions to the climate crisis, as envisioned by Toronto children
No demographic has more at stake in the climate crisis than children, so who better to propose creative solutions?
Elementary school students from two Toronto schools – about 100 of them aged nine to 12 – participated in a mentorship program called It’s My Future Toronto recently and were tasked with designing and presenting solutions to various environmental problems.
The projects ranged from air purification systems to a 24-hour tree-planting machine. Explore their ideas here.
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