Susan Ormiston

Senior correspondent

Susan Ormiston's career spans more than 25 years reporting from hot spots such as Afghanistan, Egypt, Libya, Haiti, Lebanon and South Africa.

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Sri Lankan prime minister fears 'lone ranger' suicide bomber after Easter Sunday attacks

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe vows his country can eliminate the threats extremists pose following the Easter Sunday attacks but admits his greatest immediate fear is that a “lone ranger” may evade authorities and blow himself up in a public place.

Faith leaders in Sri Lanka fear reprisals but vow to unite country after Easter Sunday attacks

Muslim, Christian and Buddhist leaders in Sri Lanka are appealing for calm and tolerance in the wake of the attacks that killed about 250 people. But they fear that extremism will drive a wedge between religious groups and encourage violent reprisals.

'They have no humanity': This woman lost her parents to Sri Lanka's deadliest blast

Deranjali Fernando lost both of her mother and father to one of the deadly attacks that swept across Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. Her two brothers were also in the church, but survived — one of them shielded from the blast by his parents' bodies.
CBC in Israel

Israeli election looms as referendum on 'King Bibi' Netanyahu's 13-year rule

In a razor-tight race to govern Israel, voters are facing a clear question — is Benjamin Netanyahu’s time up? Or will the 69-year-old prime minister be anointed for an unprecedented fifth term.

After losing 6 family members in plane crash, Ontario man visits Ethiopia in search of remains and closure

Of the 18 Canadians killed on the downed Ethiopian Airlines flight, Manant Vaidya’s family lost six. Now, the Brampton, Ont., family is hoping to find their remains and a sense of closure at the crash site.
CBC in Ethiopia

'My world went silent,' says grieving father who lost 5 family members as they flew from Toronto to Nairobi

Paul Njoroge travelled with family and friends to the crash site this week to see where Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 smashed into the ground, 65 kilometres southeast of Ethiopia's capital.

'They said nothing': Relatives of Ethiopia crash victims demand news from airline

Relatives of passengers and crew lost on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 are growing frustrated and angry with the airline, accusing it of a chaotic lack of transparency about the investigation into the crash.

Saudi teen who fled her family and risked her life says she had nothing to lose

A Saudi teen who arrived in Canada Saturday after fleeing her family says she needed to risk her life in order to live freely and be independent. And she feels that since arriving in Canada, she has been born again.

GM Canada president says electric vehicles are the future — but they won't be made in Oshawa

GM Canada’s president says "there isn’t anything to build" after 2019 at the company's Oshawa plant as the automaker bets big on electric and autonomous vehicles. There will be new GM jobs in Ontario, he says — just not on that long-running assembly line.

U.S.-bound migrant caravan rolls north through Mexico despite obstacles

As a U.S.-bound caravan continues its slow arduous journey up from southern Mexico, it’s become propaganda for politicians in Washington. But most have no idea of their part in the political storm over immigration — they just feel its repercussions.

Dry lakes and dust storms: Dramatic changes to Yukon glaciers are warning for planet, researchers say

The enormous glaciers in the Yukon are thinning and shrinking much faster than they should, and the impact on the surrounding environment is drastic. Scientists warn that it's an indicator of the kind of changes we could face globally due to climate change.

'He never gives up': Broncos bus crash survivor sets his sights on independence

On the eve of the team's home opener, Ryan Straschnitzki is working hard in physiotherapy to adapt to the paralysis he suffered in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash, saying he's determined to do things for himself.

Trump-Kim summit: What to expect when the U.S., North Korean leaders come face to face

Ahead of the U.S.-North Korea summit in Singapore, foreign policy expert and New York Times op-ed columnst Nicholas Kristof weighs in on what's likely to happen - and what's not going to be on the table.
In Depth

Why spinal injuries like Broncos bus crash survivor Straschnitzki's are so challenging

Ryan Straschnitzki suffered a severe spinal injury in the crash of the Humboldt Broncos team bus. His doctors talk about what happened to the teen hockey star in the crash, and the issues this kind of injury poses as he heals.

Canadian parents plead for mercy ahead of son's sentencing in NYC bomb plot

The parents of a 20-year-old Canadian man convicted of plotting bombings in New York City say their son's history of mental illness and drug addiction made him vulnerable to ISIS manipulation. They're asking a U.S. judge to take that into consideration when he's sentenced next month.