Dhaka Tribune: 18 dead in Burkina Faso restaurant attack. Eighteen people, including at least eight foreigners were shot dead in a Turkish restaurant in Burkina Faso, according to a provisional toll Monday, in the latest attack in West Africa to target a spot popular with expatriates. Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said two Canadians were among the casualties. The restaurant is just 200 metres from a hotel and cafe targeted in an assault in January 2016 that left 30 people dead and 71 wounded, many of them foreigners. That attack was claimed by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).
New York Times: Canada wants a new Nafta to include gender and indigenous rights. Canada’s idea of a fair trade deal seems very different from President Trump’s. Just two days before heading into the first round of negotiations over the North American Free Trade Agreement, the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau finally laid out its core objectives, and second on the list was to make the 23-year-old pact “more progressive.” By that, the government meant not only strengthening the existing labor safeguards and environmental provisions, but also adding whole new chapters on both gender and indigenous rights, and addressing climate change. Catherine Porter reports.
Russia Today: Trump starting negotiations on ‘useless & unprofitable’ trade pact with Mexico & Canada. Talks on renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will begin in Washington on Wednesday. Trump’s primary reason for renegotiating NAFTA has been the drastic shift in the US’ trade balance with Mexico which has changed from a surplus of $1.3 billion to a deficit of $64 billion since the deal came into force. The commercial balance with Canada, America’s second largest trading partner, is more even, but those trade relations also have some stumbling points in such sectors as dairy, wine, and grains.
Aljazeera, Qatar: Political parties in Canada demand ban on armament export to Saudi Arabia. The demands come in the wake of news accusing Saudi forces of using Canadian-made armored vehicles against civilians in the town of Al-Awamiyah in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province. If confirmed, the incident will be considered a breach of Canada’s arms export policy which prohibits the sale of defense equipment to countries that might use them in ways that violate human rights. Canada expressed concern of the situation in the Eastern Province, and stated that investigations are underway regarding the use of the equipment.
Rudaw, Kurdistan Iraq: Canadian-made armaments intended for Kurdish Peshmerga goes to the Popular Mobilization Forces. Canadian media have reported that the armaments have been exported to Baghdad instead of Kurdistan province, and been procured afterwards to the Popular Mobilization Forces. Blaming the Canadian Prime Minister and his Party for the mismanagement, a member of the Council of Representatives of Iraq have accused Baghdad of holding Kurdistan’s share of the armaments, amounting to 17%, and distributing it to the PMF and other forces instead.
24.ae, United Arab Emirates: “Unacceptable”: Canada condemns Pyongyang. The Canadian Minister of foreign affairs, Chrystia Freeland, condemned the North Korean regime’s recent behavior, considering its nuclear program to be a world-scale grave threat that should be stopped. Freeland also called for tension de-escalation while searching ways to pressure North Korea to acquiesce. Freeland assured Canada’s allies, including the United States, that Canada strongly stands behind them, if threatened.
Addustour, Jordan: Refugee status in Canada isn’t easy to attain: Quebec’s Premier. Philippe Couillard said in a press conference that it’s important for the refugees considering to cross the United States’ border to Canada to be fully aware of the realities here. He stressed that strict rules govern the process of granting political asylum in Canada, and that historically only half of applicants were granted the asylum, referring to the aftermath of the destructive earthquake in Haiti.
Ennahar Online, Algeria: New Canadian top diplomat in Algeria. The Algerian government have approved the appointment of Patricia McCullagh as an Ambassador of Canada to Algeria, replacing the exiting Isabelle Roy. Prior to her recent appointment, McCullagh has served as the Canadian Ambassador to Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia.