Levon Sevunts

Radio Canada International

Levon Sevunts is a reporter/producer for Radio Canada International. Born and raised in Armenia, he immigrated to Canada in 1992. As a print and broadcast journalist he has covered major stories in the Caucasus, Afghanistan, Darfur, the Sahara and the High Arctic, as well as his home of Montreal.

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Defence policy first, weapons later, Canada tells Ukraine

Ukraine needs to carry out deep structural reforms and develop a clear defence policy before it goes on a shopping spree for sophisticated Western and Canadian military equipment, says Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan.

Quebec man interrogated by U.A.E. police denied access to Canadian diplomats

A Quebec entrepreneur who claims he has been set up as the fall guy in a multimillion-dollar fraud scheme in Dubai was questioned for hours by police interrogators and denied access to Canadian diplomats and his lawyers, according to the man's son.

Family of Quebec man accused of fraud in Dubai makes last-ditch plea for Trudeau's help

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is running out of time to secure the release of a Quebec man who exposed a multimillion fraud at one of Dubai’s largest gold trading companies but is now himself facing criminal charges in the case, says the man’s son.

Family of Canadian whistleblower detained in Oman appeals to Justin Trudeau for help

The family of a Quebec man detained in Oman and facing extradition to the United Arab Emirates is appealing to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for help in securing his release and immediate return to Canada.

U.S. fighter jets intercept Russian warplanes off Alaska

The U.S. military scrambled five aircraft Monday to intercept two groups of Russian warplanes that flew in opposite directions off the coast of Alaska but never entered sovereign U.S. airspace, officials with the bi-national North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) said Tuesday.

University of Calgary journal targeted by serial 'hijacker' of scientific publications

A University of Calgary journal is the among the targets of a serial "hijacker" who has created fake versions of dozens of scientific publications over the last several years in an effort to scam money from researchers, according to an expert who has studied the phenomenon.

Pentagon warns of risk of Chinese submarines in the Arctic

China’s growing involvement and interest in the Arctic could pave the way for a strengthened military presence in the region, including the deployment of submarines to act as deterrents against nuclear attack, the Pentagon said in a report released on Thursday.

Parliamentary report on Arctic security tries to cut through 'geopolitical fog'

Canada and its NATO allies need to do a better job of understanding Russia’s military intentions in the Arctic and “to consider the most appropriate and measured response,” says a new report by a parliamentary committee looking into Canada’s policy in the Arctic in the coming decades.

Chinese officials pressured Concordia University to cancel event with Uighur activist

Chinese officials pressured a Montreal-based human rights research institute affiliated with Concordia University to cancel a conference featuring a prominent exiled Uighur leader, says one of the organizers.

NATO wants to keep tensions low in the High North, says Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg

Even as NATO is conducting its largest military exercise since the end of the Cold War close to the Arctic Circle in Norway, the alliance wants to keep the High North an area of low tension, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday.

Canada, EU and 8 other countries set to sign 'historic' agreement to protect Central Arctic Ocean

Officials from five Arctic countries and five major distant fishing powers are meeting in Greenland Wednesday to sign a legally binding international accord that will protect nearly three million square kilometres of the Central Arctic Ocean from unregulated fishing.

Canadian air crews in Mali now ready for medical evacuations

The Canadian peacekeeping contingent in Mali reached its first operational milestone Wednesday: it's now capable of conducting medical air evacuations in support of the United Nations operation there.

Freeland to talk North Korean nukes and Rohingya crisis at Singapore summit

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland plans to discuss security threats posed by North Korea's nuclear and missile programs and Myanmar's brutal crackdown on its Rohingya Muslim minority during her three-day visit to Singapore later this week, according to Global Affairs Canada.

Liberals table legislation to ratify Trans-Pacific free trade deal

The Liberal government introduced legislation Thursday to ratify a free trade deal with 10 other Pacific nations that it claims would see Canada get preferential access to some of the biggest and fastest growing economies in the Asia-Pacific region.

Could G7 summit conclude without a joint communique for first time ever?

With two days to go until G7 leaders gather in Charlevoix, Quebec, summit participants have yet to agree on a final communique, according to reports by the German Press Agency (DPA).