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Yaroslav Hunka, right, waits for the arrival of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in the House of Commons on Sept. 22, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Patrick Doyle

Canada’s House speaker quits: What the Hunka scandal reveals about Second World War complexities

Russia seeks evidence in western countries that justifies its anti-Ukraine propaganda, and Canadian Parliament has provided it with much-needed ammunition for a tired and erroneous argument.
The breach of the Kakhovka dam in Ukraine could have lasting ecological and health impacts. Ukrainian Presidential Office via AP

Kakhovka dam breach: 3 essential reads on what it means for Ukraine’s infrastructure, beleaguered nuclear plant and future war plans

Russia and Ukraine have blamed each other for the attack on crucial civilian infrastructure. Experts explain what the incident means for future war plans, and for the safety of the affected region.
Azerbaijani environmental activists protest what they claim is illegal mining at the Lachin corridor, the Armenian-populated breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region’s only land link with Armenia, in December. Tofik Babayev/AFP

Nagorno-Karabakh: slowly but surely, Baku is weaponising the green movement to cut off the region’s supplies

In recent months, Azerbaijan has manufactured a green movement to choke off the contested region’s supplies via the Lachin corridor. The move reveals loopholes within the 2020 ceasefire agreement.
People wait to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in Zagreb, Croatia, in November 2021. Countries throughout central and eastern Europe have high COVID-19 infection and death rates, but for a surprising reason — the post-communism privatization of health care. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

After the Cold War: Why COVID-19 infection and death rates were so high in eastern Europe

COVID-19 infection and death rates in former Eastern Bloc countries suggest the fall of communism was detrimental to the health and well-being of eastern Europeans.

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