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Erdogan back in power

Incumbent Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was returned to power for five years May 28 in a runoff election which gave him just over 52% of the votes. His chief opponent, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, called it “the most unfair election in recent years”, saying that Erdogan’s party had mobilized state resources against him. [node:read-more:link]

New U.S. military chief nominated

Subject to Senate approval, President Joe Biden has nominated General CQ Brown, current head of the air force, as the next Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman to succeed Army General Mark Milley. Having served in Europe, the Middle East and the Indo-Pacific, Brown is the son of a Vietnam War veteran and grandson of a World War II vet. [node:read-more:link]

Hussars celebrate with royal visitor

Princess Anne wound up a visit to New Brunswick on the weekend, having helped to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the 8th Canadian Hussars, an Army reserve reconnaissance regiment which she has served as colonel-in-chief 1972. [node:read-more:link]

PM in Hiroshima for G7

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrived in Japan today for the opening of a G7 summit in Hiroshima. Japanese PM Fumio Kishida chose his hometown for the meeting to highlight the risk of a nuclear confrontation as Russia ramps up its rhetoric about Ukraine and its allies. [node:read-more:link]

Pentagon shifts 5G oversight

John Sherman, Chief Information Officer at the Department of Defense, will be taking over 5G responsibilities from the Undersecretary of Defense for Research & Engineering as the U.S. seeks to limit Chinese influence in the communications market. The transfer takes effect October 1. [node:read-more:link]

New U.S. Army chief

General Randy George, the U.S. Army’s vice-chief of staff, has been nominated by President Joe Biden to be the service’s next chief, subject to Senate confirmation. [node:read-more:link]

Leonardo getting new top brass

Subject to parliamentary approval, Roberto Cingolani, a former Italian cabinet minister, will be the new CEO of Italy’s state-controlled Leonardo S.p.A., succeeding Alessandro Profumo. Meanwhile, the government also has nominated Stefano Pontecorvo, the former NATO senior civilian representative to Afghanistan, as the defence giant’s new chairman. [node:read-more:link]

Israeli minister’s dismissal undone

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu today reversed his decision to fire Defence Minister Yoav Gallant for criticizing the government’s now suspended plan to overhaul the judiciary. “We continue together with full strength, for Israel’s security,” Netanyahu said. [node:read-more:link]

Israeli minister’s firing delayed

Israel’s public broadcaster reported today that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyhu has opted to delay the dismissal of Defence Minister Yoav Gallant he had announced March 26. The decision comes amidst ongoing public unrest of Netanyahu’s move to control th country’s judiciary, which Gallant had criticized. [node:read-more:link]

Finnish government defeated

Sanna Marin, Finland’s centre-left prime minister since 2019 who steered her country’s acceptance into NATO, which is expected April 4, was defeated in a general election April 2. She lost by a narrow margin in a three-way race to a conservative challenger, Petteri Orpo, in a campaign focused on economic issues. [node:read-more:link]

Growing U.S. interest in North

A decision by the U.S. Administration to nominate Alaskan geographer Mike Sfraga as an ambassador-at-large for the Arctic is seen as a direct response to Russia’s ramped-up northern military presence and Alaska Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski says that dealing with national security threats from China as well as Russia and China in the region will be a challenge. [node:read-more:link]

Israeli defence minister fired

Less than three months after being appointed Israel’s defence minister, Yoav Gallant was fired today by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for saying that he wanted no part of the PM’s push for tight political control over the judiciary. Gallant had urged a delay in the widely-criticized plan, saying that it was causing turmoil in the military and threatened Israel’s security. [node:read-more:link]

Chinese leader off to Moscow

Russian President Vladimir Putin will play host to his Chinese counterpart March 20-21 to discuss what Kremlin officials said today would be “a comprehensive partnership and strategic cooperation.” For its part, Beijing said China would uphold “an objective and fair position on the war in Ukraine and “play a constructive role in promoting talks for peace.” [node:read-more:link]

Biden set to visit Ottawa

NORAD, Russia, bilateral trade, industrial supply chains, climate change, clean energy and cross-border travel concerns are expected to feature prominently in U.S. President Joe Biden’s March 23-24 visit to Ottawa. Confirmed today, it will be Biden’s first visit as president since he assumed office in January 2021. [node:read-more:link]

Garneau quitting Parliament

Montreal Liberal MP Marc Garneau announced today that he is resigning from the House of Commons at the age of 74. The former naval combat systems engineer was the first Canadian astronaut on a Space Shuttle mission, in 1984, and headed the Canadian Space Agency from 2001 to 2005 before being elected to Parliament in 2008. He held the Transport and then Foreign Affairs portfolios before being dropped from cabinet in 2021. [node:read-more:link]

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