NEWS INTERNATIONAL
24 January 2023   (AP)
UN Secretary General António Guterres wants an international specialized armed force deployed to Haiti as gang violence and human rights violations have reached a critical level. His call is part of a report January 23 by the UN Integrated Office in Haiti, which says killings surged by 35 per cent last year while kidnappings more than doubled. “There are also allegations that a significant number of national police . . . may be associated with gangs,” Guterres said.
24 January 2023   (BBC)
The prospect of a Turkish veto on Sweden’s application for membership prompted Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto to call for a “time out” until “dust has settled after the current situation.” Haavisto, who has suggested in the past that his country could go it alone on its NATO application but prefers simultaneous applications, was responding to Turkey’s concerns about Kurdish demonstrations in Sweden.
24 January 2023   (BBC)
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said January 23 that he will not support NATO membership for Sweden. He was reacting to Kurdish expatriates’ protests in Sweden which included the burning of a Quran by a far-right politician from a Danish political party. “It is clear that those who caused such a disgrace in front of our country's embassy can no longer expect any benevolence from us regarding their application,” Erdoğan said.
23 January 2023   (EuroNews)
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has announced that Turkey's next parliamentary and presidential elections are now set for May 14, a month earlier than previously flagged. Erdogan has been in office since 2003 as prime minister and then as president. If no clear winner emerges from the first ballot, a second round of voting would be held two weeks later.
23 January 2023   (Reuters)
The question whether Vladimir Putin will seek re-election in 2024 remains unanswered. Putin has led Russia as prime minister and president since 1999 and speculation has been building in Russian media, but a Kremlin official today said only that there has been no decision.
23 January 2023   (CP)
A peace process aimed at resolving the humanitarian crisis in Cameroon after years of civil will see Canada take a lead role, Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly has announced. “Canada has accepted the mandate to facilitate this process, as part of our commitment to promote peace and security and advance support for democracy and human rights,” she said January 20.
23 January 2023   (BBC)
Thousands of protesters packed the streets of Tel Aviv on the weekend, the latest in a series of protests against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s new coalition government which is widely acknowledged as the most right-wing and religious-nationalist in Israel’s history. A key issue is a proposed shift of legal power to the government from the courts but critics also say Netanyahu, who is on trial for corruption, is trying to rein in the judges in an attempt to avoid a jail sentence.
23 January 2023   (CP)
Ronen Hoffman, Israel’s ambassador to Canada, says he will leave his post after little more than a year in Ottawa. “With the transition to the new government and to different policy in Israel, my personal and professional integrity has compelled me to request to shorten my post and return to Israel this summer,” he said without elaboration. His counterpart in France announced last month that she was resigning in protest over the new right-wing government’s policies.
23 January 2023   (BBC)
New Zealand's incoming prime minister, Chris Hipkins, has vowed to protect his family from the “abhorrent” abuse to which his predecessor, Jacinda Ardern received while in office. Hipkins, to be sworn in January 25, blamed a “small minority’ for the escalating threats against Ardern and said it “does not represent who we are as a country.”
19 January 2023   (CBC)
Oleg Stepanov, Russia’s ambassador to Canada since last March, was called on the carpet by Foreign Affairs Minister January 18 over his country’s missile strike on an apartment building in southeastern Ukrainian. At least 45 persons were killed in the Dnipro attack and Joly condemned “the sheer brutality of Russia's recent attacks against civilians.”
19 January 2023   (CNN)
Strikes disrupted train services, flights, schools and businesses in France today as more than a million people protested the government’s plans to raise the full-pension retirement age for most workers to 64 from 62.
19 January 2023   (CNN)
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen announced today that the U.S., having reached its $31.4-trillion debt limit, is taking “extraordinary measures” to maintain services such as pension payments until at least June 5. She said timing is subject to “considerable uncertainty” because it’s a challenge to forecast the government’s revenues and expenses.

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