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Daniel Lak

"Daniel Lak is the Canada correspondent for Al Jazeera English since January 2012. Previously, he worked for the BBC in South Asia from 1992 to 2004, based in Pakistan, India and Nepal. He was in Kabul for three weeks after the Taliban took the city in September, 1996.

In 2001, his reporting for BBC radio on the Gujarat earthquakes earned him a nomination for the One World broadcasting award for developmental journalism.

Returning to North America in 2005, he worked for the BBC, CBC and other media outlets covering Haiti, New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, military commissions at Guantanamo Bay, Mexican general elections, the Caribbean and a range of stories in Washington, DC. "

United States

Treaty banning nuclear weapons adopted at UN

Peace campaigners hailed a global treaty to ban nuclear weapons under international law as a landmark moment. But it's only symbolic - with none of the nuclear powers expected to sign the document when it's finally presented in September.

US & Canada

Canada 150: Indigenous people remember dark past

Canada marked its 150th birthday on Saturday, but few indigenous people were in the mood to celebrate. Activists used the occasion to highlight past injustices against the nation's first peoples.

US & Canada

US student released by North Korea is in coma

Otto Warmbier had been sentenced to 15 years of hard labour after he confessed to stealing a propaganda banner during a visit to North Korea in January last year.

US & Canada

Vancouver PhD student gives used chopsticks new life as furniture

It's estimated more than 80 billion disposable bamboo chopsticks are thrown away around the world every year. That's more than ten for every person on the planet. And now a Canadian man has come up with a way to recycle them.

US & Canada

Canada reels from damage after heavy floods

Floodwaters are expected to start receding after a week of devastating floods in Canada's Quebec province. Hundreds were forced to evacuate and thousands of homes have been damaged.

US & Canada

Iran-Iraq war documentary premieres in Canada

A documentary about two former soldiers who fought on opposite sides in the Iran-Iraq war and then became friends after moving to Canada has premiered in Toronto.

Canada

New celestial phenomena 'Steve' lights up the sky

There's a newly named celestial phenomenon visible in the skies over Canada, Europe and other parts of the northern hemisphere.

Middle East

Canada: Quebec maple syrup producers facing huge fines

Maple syrup is an occasional treat for most people. Canada's Quebec province produces 80 percent of the syrup consumed around the world, largely through a strict system of quotas and price controls.

US & Canada

Canada aims to legalise recreational use of marijuana

Country looks set to join growing list of nations and US states that allow legal, recreational use of cannabis.

US & Canada

Fentanyl crisis: Canada communities respond to overdose deaths

The synthetic opioid drug fentanyl is causing thousands of overdose deaths across North America. As Canada’s authorities struggle to respond to the wave of deaths, drug users and their supporters are taking action.

US & Canada

Canada sees surge in border crossings from US

The number of refugees crossing into Canada from the US has soared since late last year. Many say they are fleeing a climate of fear in the US.

US & Canada

Fossils show life on Earth four billion years ago

An international team of scientists has discovered what they say appear to be fossils of bacteria from nearly four billion years ago. It's far earlier than organic life was thought to have evolved on Earth.