March 16 - 23 mars 2017

Library of Parliament's Selection of World News
Sélection de nouvelles du monde de la Bibliothèque du Parlement

About Canada - À propos du Canada
Africa/Middle East - Afrique/Moyen-Orient :: Americas - Amériques :: Asia/Oceania - Asie/Océanie :: Europe

About Canada - À propos du Canada

Fentanyl crisis: Canada communities respond to overdose deaths

Daniel Lak, Al Jazeera, Qatar, 16 March 2017

As Canada?s authorities struggle to respond to the wave of deaths, drug users and their supporters are taking action.

 

In Trump era, some Mexican migrants head north - to Canada

Gabriel Stargardter and Lizbeth Diaz, Reuters, U.K., 16 March 2017

Shortly after crossing the Rio Grande into the gang-infested border city of Reynosa, dozens of Mexicans deported during U.S President Donald Trump's first days in office said they would soon try to head north again - but this time to Canada.

 

Canada, le réveil autochtone

France 24, France, 17 mars 2017

Reportage: Si le Canada arrive en tête des classements internationaux pour sa qualité de vie, la réalité des peuples autochtones, dits aussi Premières Nations, est souvent comparée à celle des pays les moins avancés de la planète.

 

Canadian man charged in Yahoo hack loves fancy cars, parties

Alastair Sharp, Reuters, U.K., 17 March 2017

The Canadian charged in connection with a massive hack of Yahoo accounts that the United States says was a Russian plot is a young man who has boasted on social media of his wealth and love of expensive cars, online accounts show.

 

Porte-parole d'une francophonie de solidarité et de renouveau économique

Richard Werly, Le Temps, Suisse, 17 mars 2017

Seule femme à figurer sur les photos de famille de l'Organisation internationale de la francophonie (OIF) qu'elle dirige depuis novembre 2014, voici Michaëlle Jean en train de rêver devant nous de la future odyssée francophone de L'Hermione, le navire restauré de La Fayette.

 

Canadians Fear Trump's Budget Will Devastate Great Lakes

Dan Levin, The New York Times, U.S., 17 March 2017

The Trump administration's proposal to eliminate funding for a program that addresses major environmental and health threats in the Great Lakes would have a devastating impact on millions of Canadians, officials and environmental groups said on Thursday.

 

Canadian nurses get US work permit clarification

BBC, U.K., 17 March 2017

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) says its officers have been told specialised nurses from Canada do qualify for Nafta professional visas.

 

Merger on table for rightist parties in Canada's oil-rich Alberta

Ethan Lou, Reuters, U.K., 18 March 2017

A candidate with plans to merge Alberta's splintered right-leaning factions has won the leadership of the province's Progressive Conservatives (PC), the party said on Saturday, heralding a political shift in Canada's oil heartland.

 

Une Canadienne remporte le prix du "meilleur professeur du monde"

Courrier International, France, 19 March 2017

Maggie MacDonnell figurait parmi 10 finalistes sur 20.000 candidats de 179 pays, qui s'étaient présentés à un concours international ayant pour objectif de valoriser le métier d'enseignant.

 

Almost half of Canadians want illegal border crossers deported - Reuters poll

Rod Nickel and David Ljunggren, Reuters, U.K., 20 March 2017

Nearly half of Canadians want to deport people who are illegally crossing into Canada from the United States, and a similar number disapprove of how Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is handling the influx, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Monday.

 

People With Cystic Fibrosis Fare Better in Canada

AARON E. CARROLL, The New York Times, U.S., 21 March 2017

A recent study published in Annals of Internal Medicine used the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Registry and the United States Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Patient Registry to determine how patients fared between 1990 and 2013. Researchers compared the longevity results in the two countries, and controlled for a number of factors, including age, sex, genotype, pancreatic status and more.

 

Canada's top court hears Jassi Sidhu extradition case

BBC, U.K., 21 March 2017

Canada is confident assurances from India will be enough to prevent the accused in a so-called honour killing of being mistreated if extradited, a lawyer has told the Supreme Court.

 

Drunk pilot faces prison sentence after pleading guilty

BBC, U.K., 21 March 2017

A pilot who was found drunk in the cockpit before a flight in Canada has pleaded guilty to being impaired while in control of an aircraft.

 

Trump says he told aide to threaten Keystone pipeline firm to drop lawsuit

Damian Paletta and Steven Mufson, The Washington Post, U.S., 23 March 2017

President Trump ordered one of his top economic advisers to threaten a pipeline company that he would "terminate" a project if it didn't drop what he described as a "$14 billion" lawsuit against the United States, the president told a crowd on Tuesday night.

 

US immigrants make sub-zero trek for slim chance at asylum in Canada

Ashifa Kassam, The Guardian, U.K., 23 March 2017

More than 1,000 asylum seekers have journeyed on foot through snow and icy river to cross border in remote areas unregulated by pact that bars refugee claims.

 

 

Africa/Middle East - Afrique/Moyen-Orient

Ciblés par l'EI, les coptes quittent le nord du Sinaï

Laure Stephan, Le Temps, Suisse, 16 mars 2017

Ces familles coptes égyptiennes ont fui la ville d'Al-Arich, dans le nord du Sinaï, après une série d'attaques contre leur communauté: sept chrétiens ont été tués depuis la fin du mois de janvier dans cette région où sévit l'organisation Etat islamique (EI).

 

After Mosul, Will U.S.-Iran Rivalry Undermine Iraq?

Yaroslav Trofimov, The Wall Street Journal, U.S., 16 March 2017

Once Islamic State is defeated, however, Washington's and Tehran's interests are likely to diverge, especially if President Donald Trump makes good on his pledge to aggressively contain Iranian power in the region.

 

Somalia ship hijack: Maritime piracy threatens to return

Frank Gardner, BBC, U.K., 16 March 2017

The hijacking of a merchant fuel tanker by pirates off the Somali coast this week has sent shockwaves through parts of the shipping industry.

 

Syria conflict: Unravelling the puzzle

Jonathan Marcus, BBC, U.K., 16 March 2017

With Iraqi forces gradually gaining the upper hand against so-called Islamic State (IS) in Mosul, the focus is shifting to the assault upon the organisation's de facto capital in Syria - Raqqa.

 

Claims differ on U.S. strikes

Louisa Loveluck, The Washington Post, U.S., 18 March 2017

U.S. drone aircraft fired missiles and dropped a 500-pound bomb outside Aleppo on Thursday in an attack that the Pentagon said killed scores of al-Qaeda militants but that local residents described as an assault on a mosque crowded with civilians.

 

Somali Migrants' Trek Becomes Scene of Horror

BEN HUBBARD and SHUAIB ALMOSAWA, The New York Times, U.S., 18 March 2017

More than 30 Somali migrants, including children, were killed in the Red Sea on Friday when a military helicopter opened fire on their boat, according to Yemeni and United Nations officials.

 

Among Young Nigerians, Scars of Boko Haram Are Barely Hidden

DIONNE SEARCEY and ASHLEY GILBERTSON, The New York Times, U.S., 19 March 2017

Boko Haram has abducted many hundreds, if not thousands, of girls and boys across the region, forcing them to fight, to cook, to clean and even to bear children. To much of the world, the kidnapping of nearly 300 girls from their school dormitory in the town of Chibok three years ago was the seminal moment in the crisis, followed by another horror: children, as young as 7 or 8, being used as suicide bombers.

 

Race against time to root out Iraq's jihadi sleepers

The Daily Telegraph, U.K., 19 March 2017

The sight of the black trucks has become a common one for the residents of east Mosul since this side of the city, which is divided in two by the Tigris river, was retaken by the army in January. Each week, the National Security Service (NSS), Iraq's answer to the FBI, brings in between 30-35 suspects - the youngest of whom was 13, they say, and the oldest 70.

 

Les villageois sans terre de Mauritanie

Christophe Châtelot, Le Monde, France, 20 mars 2017

Dans ce pays recouvert en quasi-totalité par le désert, Donaye, et des dizaines d'autres villages situés le long des fertiles rives mauritaniennes du fleuve Sénégal, sont ainsi l'objet d'une lutte âpre et inégale.

 

A rare Palestinian legal win in settlements battle

Ruth Eglash, The Washington Post, U.S., 20 March 2017

For Palestinians in the village of Silwad, the eviction of 40 families from a nearby Jewish settlement last month was a clear-cut victory. The way they see it, justice prevailed two decades after a group of messianic Israelis set up their homes at a place Palestinians once called Al Mazaria, or "farmers hill," and declared it Amona. The Israeli Supreme Court ruled that the settlement was built illegally on Palestinian farmland and ordered its demolition.

 

Could Moroccan prime minister end country's deadlock?

Souhail Karam, Al Jazeera, Qatar, 20 March 2017

PJD endorsed the king's choice for el-Othmani, but suggested it won't soften approach to talks with potential partners.

 

Investing in Zimbabwe?s Smallholder Farmers

Sally Nyakanyanga, Inter Press Service, Italy, 22 March 2017

The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has highlighted the concentration of smallholder farmers in subsistence farming rather than farming as a business, which means they have low demand for inputs, resulting in few incentives for input suppliers to reach the farmers.

 

Investment in Africa: There's room for everyone

Rosa Whitaker, Al Jazeera, Qatar, 23 March 2017

China is competing aggressively for influence and market share in Africa, but, in doing so, it is empowering African countries to chart their own course, pick their own partners and insist on their own priorities.

 

Comment l?OIM sauve des migrants bloqués et torturés en Libye

Charlotte BOITIAUX, France 24, France, 23 mars 2017

Plus de 150 migrants ivoiriens, prisonniers en Libye, ont été libérés des geôles dans lesquelles ils croupissaient, puis rapatriés dans leur pays d?origine, grâce à l?aide de l'Organisation internationale des migrations (OIM).

 

Le spectre de la famine fait son retour

Stéphane Bussard, Le Temps, Suisse, 23 mars 2017

Directeur régional du Comité international de la Croix-Rouge pour le Moyen-Orient, Robert Mardini, a dressé mercredi au siège du CICR à Genève un portrait extrêmement préoccupant de la situation dans ce pays considéré comme le plus pauvre de la Péninsule arabique.

 

 

Americas - Amériques

Caribbean Stakes Future on Climate-Smart Agriculture

Desmond Brown, Inter Press Service, Italy, 16 March 2017

Nearly all of the countries in the Caribbean have experienced prolonged droughts, posing significant challenges to food production in one of the regions most vulnerable to climate change.

 

La politique générale de Jack Guy Lafontant ratifiée par le sénat

Frantz Duval, Le Nouvelliste, Haïti, 16 mars 2017

ll faut dire que l?exercice de ratification d?un premier ministre en Haïti pousse aux mensonges tant les attentes sont grandes. Décevoir un sénateur dont on courtise le vote pouvant avoir de graves conséquences, cela porte tout premier ministre a faire le maximum de promesses.

 

Venezuela Alleges Fraud in $1.3 Billion Oil-Rig Lease

Anatoly Kurmanaev and Bradley Hope, The Wall Street Journal, U.S., 16 March 2017

The Venezuelan government is investigating alleged corruption in a $1.3 billion contract between the state oil company and a private contractor co-founded by a Saudi prince, according to law-enforcement officials and related documents.

 

Brazil and the UAE Determined to Explore New Bilateral Frontiers

Doris Calderon, Inter Press Service, Italy, 16 March 2017

The foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, made his fifth visit to Brazil Thursday, Mar. 16, in search of new opportunities to exploit the enormous potential in relations between the two countries.

 

A belated digital revolution changing people's lives: It may be expensive and slow, but web access is fostering a new openness

Ruadhan Mac Cormaic, Irish Times, Ireland, 17 March 2017

While wider internet access is gradually changing people's lives and enabling businesses to expand, it remains expensive and slow. At 1.40 an hour, public wifi is out of reach for many people in a country where the average monthly income is about 25.

 

'His only sin was having the same name'

Sarah Esther Maslin, The Washington Post, U.S., 17 March 2017

Martínez's death exposes deep flaws in El Salvador's justice system, with implications that go well beyond this tiny nation of 6 million. At a time when thousands of Central Americans are fleeing toward the United States, and border control is at the top of President Trump's agenda, the weaknesses of this region's courts and cops have assumed outsize importance.

 

Death toll in Peru climbs to 67 from El Nino rains, floods

Franklin Briceno, ABC News, U.S., 17 March 2017

The number of people killed in Peru following intense rains and mudslides wreaking havoc around the Andean nation climbed to 67 Friday, with thousands more displaced from destroyed homes and others waiting on rooftops for rescue.

 

La "guerre du pain" fait rage au Venezuela

Courrier International, France, 18 mars 2017

Appuyés par des miliciens, des inspecteurs surveillent le pain qui sort du four à Caracas: dans son pays en crise, le président du Venezuela Nicolas Maduro est parti en guerre contre un complot supposé des boulangers visant à organiser une pénurie de cet aliment de base.

 

Haunted by the mystery deaths in Nicaragua's brutal sugarcane fields

Robin McKie, The Observer, U.K., 19 March 2017

The illness is described as " chronic kidney disease of undetermined cause" and it is responsible for 75% of deaths of young and middle-aged men in Nicaragua.

 

Amazon land battle pits indigenous villagers against might of Ecuador state

Jonathan watts, The Guardian, U.K., 19 March 2017

Military drones and police helicopters circle above the Shuar indigenous village of El Tink, an Amazonian community in Ecuador where a high-profile dispute against a Chinese copper mine has become a standoff and a siege.

 

Guyana tribe goes hi-tech to protect its land

Gemma Handy, BBC, U.K., 19 March 2017

Amerindians have been scrupulous caretakers of the environment for millennia and, as the rest of the world evolves, so too have their practices for monitoring and protecting natural resources.

 

After Causing Haiti's Cholera Crisis, U.N. Can't Raise Money to Fight It

RICK GLADSTONE, The New York Times, U.S., 20 March 2017

When the leader of the United Nations apologized to Haitians for the cholera epidemic that has ravaged their country for more than six years -- caused by infected peacekeepers sent to protect them -- he proclaimed a "moral responsibility" to make things right.

 

Venezuela's spiralling mental healthcare crisis

Sofia Barbarani, Al Jazeera, Qatar, 20 March 2017

The country's economic strife has left the healthcare system struggling to cope with a growing mental health crisis.

 

Brazil meat scandal: China and EU suspend imports

BBC, U.K., 20 March 2017

Some of the biggest consumers of Brazilian meat have suspended imports over allegations that companies have been selling unsafe produce for years.

 

Guatemala : le désastreux système de protection des mineurs

Courrier International, France, 22 mars 2017

La mort de 40 adolescentes dans un foyer au Guatemala, suivi en moins de 15 jours d'une mutinerie dans une prison pour mineurs, où quatre surveillants ont été tués, mettent en lumière l'inefficacité du système de protection des mineurs dans ce dangereux pays.

 

 

Asia/Oceania - Asie/Océanie

Appealing to public, Philippine lawmaker files Duterte's first impeachment complaint

Weston Williams, The Christian Science Monitor, U.S.A., 16 March 2017

Rep. Gary Alejano filed the impeachment complaint on Thursday, but it will be an uphill battle to secure enough support to take down Rodrigo Duterte.

 

Japanese government liable for negligence in Fukushima disaster

Justin McCurry, The Guardian, U.K., 17 March 2017

Court rules government should have used regulatory powers to force nuclear plant?s operator to take preventive measures.

 

Bhanwari Devi: The rape that led to India's sexual harassment law

Geeta Pandey, BBC, U.K., 17 March 2017

In India's conservative society, even now victims of rape often hesitate to talk about their ordeal because of the shame and stigma associated with sexual crimes. But Bhanwari Devi, who went public with her complaint, is the reason why millions of Indian women are now legally protected against sexual harassment in the workplace.

 

China to build on disputed shoal in South China Sea

Reuters, U.K., 17 March 2017

China will begin preparatory work this year for an environmental monitoring station on Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea, an official said, as two U.S. senators introduced a bill to impose sanctions on its activities in the disputed waterway.

 

'The Single Greatest Risk' for Thailand's Largest Ethnic Minority

Paul Ehrlich, The Wall Street Journal Asia, Hong Kong, 17 March 2017

Without citizenship, the state has no obligation to provide the Karen education or health care. This limits economic opportunities, and without the vote they are invisible to political parties.

 

Under the Radar: Tajikistan on track to be the next Afghanistan

Jeremy Luedi, Global Risk Insight, U.S.A., 19 March 2017

Tajikistan, the world?s leading exporter of suicide bombers to ISIS has the potential to become the next terrorist hotspot as a host of factors converge to put the small Central Asian nation at serious risk.

 

N. Korea says it tested a rocket engine 'of significance'

Anna Fifield, The Washington Post, U.S.A., 20 March 2017

The North Korean leader declared "that the whole world will soon witness what eventful significance the great victory won today carries," the report said, declaring Saturday as the "March 18 revolution" because of the "great leaping forward" in North Korea's rocket industry.

 

Political change coming as one in four voters flee major parties

Damien Murphy, The Age, Australia, 18 March 2017

Australia is poised for widespread political instability as more than one in four voters flee the two-party system, political analysts say. Disgust and disappointment with major parties is approaching historic levels as Australians follow British and US voters and reject new age politics.

 

Is North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un rational?

Stephen Evans, BBC, U.K., 18 March 2017

Is Kim Jong-un rational? The new US ambassador to the United Nations thinks he is not. Nikki Haley said after North Korea's simultaneous launch of four ballistic missiles: "This is not a rational person." But is she right?

 

A lotus in full flower; State elections in India

The Economist, U.K., 18 March 2017

The party of Narendra Modi drubs the opposition in Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state.

 

Myanmar's ancient city crumbling away

Step Vaessen, Al Jazeera, Quatar, 20 March 2017

Myanmar's ancient Buddhist kingdom of Mrauk U used to be an example of religious harmony. But since violence broke out five years ago between Buddhists and minority Rohingya Muslims, the city has banned Muslims from entering the town. Much of the city's past has been erased, and, with it, any hope that relations can be restored.

 

Why Pakistan associates terrorism with Pashtuns and Afghans

Shamil Shams, Deutsche Welle, Germany, 20 March 2017

Pakistani officials have begun a "racial profiling" of the Pashtun people in the wake of a surge in terror attacks. In a DW interview, activist and researcher Saba Gul Khattak says the move is counterproductive.

 

Child labourers exposed to toxic chemicals dying before 50, WHO says

Sarah Boseley, The Guardian, U.K., 21 March 2017

Bangladesh tannery workers exposed to formaldehype, sulphuric acid and more while making products for westerners.

 

ASEAN 50 years on: Success or failure?

Ineke Mules, Deutsche Welle, Germany, 21 March 2017

50 years ago, ASEAN emerged as a beacon of unity in Southeast Asia. Today the group is beset by security challenges stemming from the new US administration, a lack of economic integration and a poor human rights record.

 

Little hope for Thailand's democracy

Rodion Ebbighausen, Deutsche Welle, Germany, 21 March 2017

Despite the promised return to democracy, the military government in Thailand has shown little inclination to hold elections anytime soon. Fears abound about the country sliding increasingly into authoritarianism.

 

 

Europe

Can Russia resolve the conflict in Libya?

Barbara Bibbo, Al Jazeera, Qatar, 16 March 2017

Russia is ready to step up its support of rebel factions in Libya's eastern region and get a foothold in North Africa, but it will not deploy its military there, Russian analysts say.

 

Balkans: le grand exode

JEAN-ARNAULT DÉRENS, Le Temps, Suisse, 16 mars 2017

Dans tous les Balkans, l'émigration est une vieille tradition, et le régime socialiste yougoslave n'a guère tenté de s'y opposer. Il valait mieux que les gens partent travailler en Allemagne, en France ou en Suisse plutôt que de maintenir un plein-emploi factice, comme dans les pays du bloc soviétique.

 

Dutch Election Slows Europe's Populists

Claus Hecking, Spiegel, Germany, 16 March 2017

Prime Minister Mark Rutte has decisively won the Dutch national election, with right-wing populist Geert Wilders trailing far behind. The incumbent leader played the country's tensions with Turkey to his own advantage -- his victory is good news for Europe.

 

Erdogan tire profit de la crise avec l'Europe

Anne Andlauer, Le Temps, Suisse, 17 March 2017

TURQUIE Au risque d'approfondir le divorce avec les Européens, le président turc répond aux annulations de meetings par la provocation, dans l'espoir d'augmenter ses chances au référendum d'avril.

 

Germany?s security dilemma: Realpolitik rediscovered

Roman Madaus, Global Risk Insights, U.K., 17 March 2017

Instability emanating from Russia, the U.S. and the Middle East is waking Germany up from its post-Cold War slumber. Berlin is finally beginning to accept that it must take more responsibility for its own security. Nonetheless, the German military will remain weak for the foreseeable future.

 

How Emmanuel Macron Upended French Politics

Julia Amalia Heyer, Spiegel, Germany, 17 March 2017

Emmanuel Macron is the most unconventional French presidential candidate in decades, and if he keeps his momentum, he could keep Marine Le Pen from taking power. His promise to voters: the building of a new France.

 

'We feel very close to her': can 'fake feminist' Marine Le Pen win the female vote?

Angelique Chrisafis, The Guardian, U.K., 18 March 2017

Female voters are crucial for Le Pen?s bid to become France?s first female president. Polls currently show Le Pen reaching the final round in May, but unable to get the 50% needed to win the presidency. It is female voters who could boost her score.

 

Can Serb mayor ease Bosnia's Srebrenica pain?

Guy Delauney, BBC, U.K., 18 March 2017

Even by the standards of 2016, Mladen Grujicic's election as mayor of Srebrenica was far from straightforward. Because Srebrenica will forever be linked to the Bosnian Serb forces' massacre of around 8,000 Muslim men and boys in 1995. And Mr Grujicic is the first ethnic Serb to be mayor of this ethnically mixed town in almost 20 years.

 

How Erdogan?s ruthless drive for more power is shaking a divided Europe

Simon Tisdall, The Guardian, U.K., 19 March 2017

The Turkish president?s bid to widen his powers by campaigning during the Dutch elections has sparked an all-out crisis.

 

Displacement and insecurity in Diyarbakir

Mariya Petkova, Al Jazeera, Qatar, 19 March 2017

A year after major security operation against the PKK, the Sur district of Turkey's Diyarbakir is struggling to recover.

 

Secret Tax Deals Increased Dramatically After Luxleaks

Ida Karlsson, Inter Press Service, Italy, 20 March 2017

Despite the LuxLeaks scandal, the number of secret tax deals is skyrocketing. Such deals between companies and governments across Europe increased by almost 50 percent the year after the scandal broke.

 

Brexit: EU summit on 29 April to discuss way ahead

BBC, U.K., 21 March 2017

A summit of EU member states to discuss Brexit is be held on 29 April, a month after the UK triggers Article 50.

 

Martin McGuinness - from war to peace in Northern Ireland

Peter Geoghegan, Deutsche Welle, Germany, 21 March 2017

Martin McGuinness, the former Northern Ireland deputy first minister and Irish republican leader who like no other shaped the region's fortunes, has died aged 66.

 

Europe's treatment of child refugees 'risks increasing radicalisation threat'

Daniel Boffey, The Guardian, U.K., 22 March 2017

Europe?s ?abysmal? treatment of refugee children, who have made up about a third of those seeking asylum on the continent over the last two years, will increase the danger of their later radicalisation and drift into criminality, a damning report from the Council of Europe has said.

 

Westminster attacker was UK-born and known to MI5, Theresa May tells MPs

Jamie Grierson, The Guardian, U.K., 23 March 2017

The attacker behind the terrorist rampage at the gates of the Houses of Parliament was a British-born man previously known to MI5 due to concerns over violent extremism, the prime minister has said.

 

 

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