6 November 2023 (Washington Post)
Hundreds of thousands of Afghan refugees are being forced to leave Pakistan as the country implements an order from its interim government to remove undocumented people. Pakistan’s caretaker interior minister says the decision is shaped by security imperatives because 14 major terrorist attacks this year have been by Afghan nationals.
6 November 2023 (Globe & Mail)
Canadian citizens, permanent residents and their families who had hoped to leave Gaza on the weekend were unable to do so after the only border crossing into Egypt was closed again. Global Affairs Canada November 5 that it had no information about when the crossing would be reopened.
6 November 2023 (Al Jazeera)
Despite Israel’s refusal, the heads of 18 UN agencies and non-profit organizations called November 5 for an immediate ceasefire in the Israeli-Hamas war which has killed thousands of civilians. Expressing “shock and horror”, they said in a joint statement that “enough is enough” in the month-long siege of Gaza in retaliation for Hamas’ brutal attack in northern Israel.
2 November 2023 (CP)
Global Affairs Canada expects the exodus of foreign nationals to Egypt from war-torn Gaza to continue in the coming days even as stranded Canadians were warned that their safety could not be guaranteed if they opt not to leave. “Canada has one of the largest contingents of nationals in Gaza,” GAC said November 1. “We expect further crossings daily.”
1 November 2023 (CBC)
Six days after the October 7 Hamas attack on Israel, the country’s Intelligence Ministry drafted a document that broaches the possibility of a forced relocation of Gaza’s 2.3 million people to the Sinai Peninsula in northern Egypt. Described by Israel as a “concept”, the idea was immediately denounced by Palestinian and Egyptian leaders.
1 November 2023 (AP)
Canada and 27 other countries, including China and the U.S., have agreed to cooperate on measures to contain the potentially “catastrophic” risks posed by evolving artificial intelligence. Endorsed at an inaugural AI Safety Summit in England today, the vaguely-worded commitment is expected to be refined at a virtual meeting hosted by South Korea in six months in preparation for a live meeting in France a year from now.
1 November 2023 (CTV)
John Horgan, the former B.C. New Democratic Party leader and provincial premier, was named today as Canada's next ambassador to Germany. Announcing the appointment, Prime Minister Trudeau called Horgan a “passionate public servant and an experienced leader.”
31 October 2023 (CP)
Cargo ships are transiting the St. Lawrence Seaway again after it was confirmed October 30 that their union had struck a tentative deal with their employers after traffic was shut down October 22. More than 100 ships were waiting to be cleared through.
30 October 2023 (CTV)
More than 17,000 Canadians in Lebanon have registered with their embassy in Beirut for evacuation as an Israeli-Hesbollah conflict escalates. However, Global Affairs Canada says they should not count on a military airlift. The GAC notice October 30 echoed comment a week earlier by Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly.
30 October 2023 (Reuters/TASS)
Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu used his appearance at a Chinese conference today to accuse NATO of "covering up the buildup of military force in the Asia-Pacific region with an ostentatious desire for dialogue, imposing alliances and lines of operational interaction on partners.” He also said the emergence of western security blocs was undermining Asian interests.