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    Global pushback against autocrats grows, says rights watchdog

    Global pushback against autocrats grows, says rights watchdog


    The world is seeing growing resistance against the abuses of autocrats as states, civic groups and popular movements all push back against populists seeking to curtail freedoms, according to a new global report released Thursday that also outlines where...

    The world is seeing growing resistance against the abuses of autocrats as states, civic groups and popular movements all push back against populists seeking to curtail freedoms, according to a new global report released Thursday that also outlines where Canada is both advancing and falling short in its efforts.

    Travel precautions persist for Zika-hit areas

    Travel precautions persist for Zika-hit areas


    The Zika virus should remain a concern for some Canadians planning winter vacations in sunny climes, doctors...

    The Zika virus should remain a concern for some Canadians planning winter vacations in sunny climes, doctors say.

    'The price to pay': Inside a D.C. airport as the U.S. shutdown grinds on

    'The price to pay': Inside a D.C. airport as the U.S. shutdown grinds on


    Air traffic controllers at Reagan National Airport can peer down at Washington's centres of power from their high-tech perch. Yet these days, even from their elevated fishbowl, the people who direct the nation's skies are feeling powerless while on the...

    Air traffic controllers at Reagan National Airport can peer down at Washington's centres of power from their high-tech perch. Yet these days, even from their elevated fishbowl, the people who direct the nation's skies are feeling powerless while on the job.

    China says economy czar to visit Washington for trade talks

    China says economy czar to visit Washington for trade talks


    China's economy czar, Vice-Premier Liu He, will visit Washington on Jan. 30-31 for talks aimed at ending a costly tariff war over U.S. complaints about Beijing's technology...

    China's economy czar, Vice-Premier Liu He, will visit Washington on Jan. 30-31 for talks aimed at ending a costly tariff war over U.S. complaints about Beijing's technology ambitions.

    Battle lines forming ahead of a looming U.S. privacy law fight

    Battle lines forming ahead of a looming U.S. privacy law fight


    Consumer advocates and the data-hungry technology industry are drawing early battle lines in advance of an expected fight this year over what kind of federal privacy law the U.S. should...

    Consumer advocates and the data-hungry technology industry are drawing early battle lines in advance of an expected fight this year over what kind of federal privacy law the U.S. should have.

    Taiwan holds live-fire exercises following China threats

    Taiwan holds live-fire exercises following China threats


    Taiwan held live-fire exercises along its east coast Thursday amid renewed threats from China to bring the island under its control by force if deemed...

    Taiwan held live-fire exercises along its east coast Thursday amid renewed threats from China to bring the island under its control by force if deemed necessary.

    Canadians held in China face up to 4 hours a day of interrogation, ambassador says

    Canadians held in China face up to 4 hours a day of interrogation, ambassador says


    Two Canadian men detained in China face up to four hours of questioning each day and have no access to a lawyer, according to Canada's top diplomat in...

    Two Canadian men detained in China face up to four hours of questioning each day and have no access to a lawyer, according to Canada's top diplomat in Beijing.

    Less beef, more beans. Experts say world needs a new diet

    Less beef, more beans. Experts say world needs a new diet


    Scientists in nutrition, health and sustainability compile what a healthy diet looks like — and also how to provide that food for a world population growing to 10...

    Scientists in nutrition, health and sustainability compile what a healthy diet looks like — and also how to provide that food for a world population growing to 10 billion.

    Fierce government crackdown on protests in Zimbabwe

    Fierce government crackdown on protests in Zimbabwe


    A closer look at the day's most notable stories with The National's Jonathon Gatehouse: government cracks down on Zimbabwe protests; loneliness can have serious health effects; a British project has mail carriers checking on the well-being of elderly...

    A closer look at the day's most notable stories with The National's Jonathon Gatehouse: government cracks down on Zimbabwe protests; loneliness can have serious health effects; a British project has mail carriers checking on the well-being of elderly people on their routes.

    U.K.'s Theresa May survives confidence vote sparked by Brexit deal defeat

    U.K.'s Theresa May survives confidence vote sparked by Brexit deal defeat


    U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May's government won a confidence vote in Parliament on Wednesday, clearing the way for her to attempt to forge a consensus among lawmakers on a Brexit divorce...

    U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May's government won a confidence vote in Parliament on Wednesday, clearing the way for her to attempt to forge a consensus among lawmakers on a Brexit divorce agreement.

    UN believes hundreds were killed in tribal violence last month in Congo

    UN believes hundreds were killed in tribal violence last month in Congo


    At least 890 people are believed to have been killed in ethnic violence in northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo last month, the United Nations human rights office said on...

    At least 890 people are believed to have been killed in ethnic violence in northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo last month, the United Nations human rights office said on Wednesday.

    House Speaker asks Trump to delay state of the union speech amid government shutdown

    House Speaker asks Trump to delay state of the union speech amid government shutdown


    The U.S. economy is taking a larger-than-expected hit from the partial government shutdown, White House estimates show, as contractors and even the Coast Guard go without pay, and talks to end the impasse seemed...

    The U.S. economy is taking a larger-than-expected hit from the partial government shutdown, White House estimates show, as contractors and even the Coast Guard go without pay, and talks to end the impasse seemed stalled.

    U.S. confirms American soldiers, civilians among 19 killed in Syria suicide bombing

    U.S. confirms American soldiers, civilians among 19 killed in Syria suicide bombing


    A bomb attack claimed by Islamic State killed two U.S. soldiers and two civilians working for the U.S. military in northern Syria on Wednesday, weeks after U.S. President Donald Trump said the group had been defeated there and that he would pull out all...

    A bomb attack claimed by Islamic State killed two U.S. soldiers and two civilians working for the U.S. military in northern Syria on Wednesday, weeks after U.S. President Donald Trump said the group had been defeated there and that he would pull out all American forces.

    China shrugs off international criticism over death sentence for Canadian

    China shrugs off international criticism over death sentence for Canadian


    China says it's "not worried in the slightest" by mounting international concern over the death sentence handed to Canadian Robert Schellenberg for drug...

    China says it's "not worried in the slightest" by mounting international concern over the death sentence handed to Canadian Robert Schellenberg for drug smuggling.

    How could the partial U.S. government shutdown end? 5 scenarios

    How could the partial U.S. government shutdown end? 5 scenarios


    The partial U.S. government shutdown is the longest in history, and the political process to end it is frozen. How long it will last is hard to say; but these are five ways it could...

    The partial U.S. government shutdown is the longest in history, and the political process to end it is frozen. How long it will last is hard to say; but these are five ways it could end.

    Deadly Kenya attack was retaliation for Trump's Jerusalem policy, extremists say

    Deadly Kenya attack was retaliation for Trump's Jerusalem policy, extremists say


    Somali group al-Shabaab, an al-Qaeda affiliate fighting to impose strict Islamic law, said Wednesday they carried out the previous day's deadly attack on a Nairobi hotel complex in revenge for the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's...

    Somali group al-Shabaab, an al-Qaeda affiliate fighting to impose strict Islamic law, said Wednesday they carried out the previous day's deadly attack on a Nairobi hotel complex in revenge for the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.