19 January 2023   (CBC)
The Ottawa lawyer representing the families of six Canadian women and 13 children held in Syria by Kurdish forces said today that a repatriation agreement has been reached. However, Lawrence Greenspon also said the fate of four male detainees is still in the hands of the Federal Court.
18 January 2023   (Reuters)
The U.S. Supreme Court today denied a request by a coalition of New York firearms dealers to shut down tighter controls on retail sales. The state’s Democrat-led legislature passed some of the laws last June; other were adopted in July after the Supreme Court struck down the state’s limits on carrying concealed handguns outside the home.
18 January 2023   (BBC)
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, 42, announced today that she will step down by February 7 after six years in office and nine months before her country’s next election. She explained that she no longer has “enough in the tank” to lead the Labour Party government and that remaining in office “would be doing a disservice to New Zealand.
18 January 2023   (CNN)
Ukrainian Interior Minister Denis Monastyrsky and six other officials died in the crash today of a Eurocopter Super Puma near Kyiv. Three others aboard also died and at least a couple dozen persons on the ground were killed or injured. The cause of the crash is unknown.
17 January 2023   (CBC)
An interparty group of Canadian Members of Parliament was working to bring a former Afghanistan MP, Mursal Nabizada, to Canada before she was murdered in Kabul on the weekend. Police say Nabizada and her bodyguard were killed at her home by unknown gunmen.
17 January 2023   (BBC)
China's population declined by 850,000 to 1.4118 billion in 2022, the first dip in 60 years, as the birth rate hit a record low of 6.77 per 1,000 people compared with 7.52 in 2021. Deaths outnumbered births for the first time in 2022: 7.37 deaths per 1,000 people, up from 7.18 in 2021.
17 January 2023   (BBC)
Anderson Torres, formerly the public security chief in Brasília, has been arrested by Brazil’s federal police. Torres ostensibly was in charge when thousands of rioters stormed key government buildings in the capital January 8. He is accused of failing to act against the rioters and beind in collusion with them.
17 January 2023   (AP)
A failed Republican candidate said to be angry over his defeat in the last New Mexican state election, claiming it was “rigged”, was arrested January 16 in connection with a series of drive-by shootings targeting the homes of Democrat legislators and county officials.
17 January 2023   (EuroNews)
The European Parliament is supporting tighter rules on shipments of waste outside the bloc and cracking down on waste-related crime. “Our ambitious position in the coming negotiations with member states has just been endorsed by a broad majority,” says Danish MEP Pernille Weiss. “We have to turn waste into resources in the common market and thus take better care of our environment and our competitiveness.”
17 January 2023   (EuroNews)
Pier Antonio Panzeri, a former Member of the European Parliament in custody since mid-December, has cut a deal with Belgian authorities whereby he admits involvement in a bribery scandal which has resulted in a sitting MEP being detained. The controversy surrounds a cash-for favour scheme involving “large sums of money” reported from Qatar and Morocco, both of which deny the allegations.
16 January 2023   (CNN)
At least 68 of 78 persons aboard died in the crash of a local Yeti Airlines crash in central Nepal January 15 but rescuers were still searching for the missing four today. It was the third-deadliest crash in the Himalayan country’s history; 113 persons died in a Thai Airways crash in July 1992 and 167 in a Pakistan International Airways crash several weeks later.
16 January 2023   (EuroNews)
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has confirmed today that he wants to extend police powers to clamp down on “disruptive” public protests pre-emptively. “We cannot have protests conducted by a small minority disrupting the lives of the ordinary public," he said January 15. “We're going to bring it to an end.”