In The News This Week – July 17, 2016

It’s been a tumultuous news week in the international realm. Included below are this week’s top political stories, both in Canada and around the world:

1. Terror in Nice: 84 people are dead and many more injured following a brutal attack in Nice, France. The 31 year-old Tunisian killer, identified by authorities as Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, drove at high speed into crowds of people celebrating Bastille Day and opened fire before authorities shot him dead. French President Francois Hollande has called this an act of terrorism and has extended France’s state of emergency. – The Globe and Mail

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has denounced the Nice attacks and pledged Canada’s solidarity with France. For the PM’s full statement, see here:

2. Attempted military coup in Turkey: An attempted military coup that launched yesterday in Turkey appears to have failed. President Tayyip Erdogan called on crowds to swarm the streets to show their support and defend his government. According to sources, around 265 people died in the clashes and more than 6,000 have been detained. President Erdogan has alleged that US-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen was behind the plot. – The Globe and Mail, BBC

3. Britain’s new Prime Minister: Theresa May became Britain’s new Prime Minister on Wednesday following David Cameron’s official resignation. May has promised the United Kingdom will “rise to the challenge” as the country navigates its exit from the European Union. May has quickly named leading ‘Brexit’ supporters including former London mayor Boris Johnson to key positions in her new government. – The Globe and Mail

4. Canada seeking UN peacekeeping role in Africa: Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said Canada is actively looking at taking part in a United Nations peacekeeping mission in Africa to combat the spread of violent Islamic extremism.Mr. Sajjan said Africa is a particular focus for Canada because it is so often ignored and it’s a region in need of peacekeeping and other international efforts to bring about stability. – The Globe and Mail

5. Tony Clement’s bid for the Conservative Party leadership: Conservative MP Tony Clement officially launched his campaign on Tuesday evening to become the next leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. This is Clement’s second run at the party’s leadership. In 2004 he placed third against Harper and Belinda Stronach. – CBC 

6. Trudeau in Ukraine: PM Justin Trudeau paid a visit to Canadian military trainers in Ukraine this week. The excursion was meant to show appreciation to the Canadian troops from CFB Valcartier, Que., who are stationed there and to show solidarity with the forces fighting to defend Ukraine. Trudeau wouldn’t say whether the Liberal government will extend the training mission past its expiration date in March. – iPolitics, CBC 

A man reacts near the scene of the Nice attack. (Source: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters)


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