13 September 2023 (AP)
New defence and foreign affairs ministers were appointed today by Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in a cabinet shuffle. Minoru Kihara, who has been serving on the national security committee, has replaced Yasukazu Hamada in the defence portfolio while Yoko Kamikawa was moved from the justice portfolio to replace Yoshimasa Yahashi at foreign affairs.
13 September 2023 (Washington Post)
Russian President Vladimir said September 12 that former U.S. president Donald Trump’s ongoing legal problems “shows the rottenness of the American political system, which cannot pretend to teach others democracy.” Putin also said Trump’s “persecution” would diminish U.S. global standing.
12 September 2023 (EuroNews)
The European Union was called on today by Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki to extend an embargo on imports of Ukrainian grain. “Poland will not allow Ukraine grain to flood us,” he said while campaigning for election, adding that if the EU balks, “we will do it ourselves because we cannot allow for a deregulation of the market.”
12 September 2023 (Reuters)
The Red Cross and Libyan authorities said today that 10,000 people are missing after a large part of the eastern city of Derna was wiped by floods when dams burst during a storm which also hit other centres.
12 September 2023 (CTV)
Ontario Conservative MP Michael Chong told a congressional group today that Canada and the U.S. need to cooperate more against Chinese interference. He said a joint “suite” of measures is needed to protect “our economy, our long-term prosperity, social cohesion, our Parliament and our elections.”
11 September 2023 (CBC)
The RCMP last year suspended a contract for radio-frequency filtering technology supplied by a B.C. company owned by Chinese interests, but an internal audit, which recommending changes to the procurement process, has concluded there were no security concerns.
11 September 2023 (BBC)
The G-20 Summit’s avoidance of criticizing Russia for its invasion of Ukraine is welcome news for Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. He said September 10 that while he had not expected consensus, the meeting’s final communique, which denounced using force for territorial gain, was “a step in the right direction” in that it did not mention Russia.
11 September 2023 (Al Jazeera)
Even though his country has been a party since 2002 to the UN statute which underpins the International Criminal Court, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said September 9 that Vladimir Putin will not be arrested if he attends the 2024 G-20 Summit in Rio de Janeiro. The ICC issued a warrant for Putin last March over alleged crimes in Crimea but Lula flatly rejected the prospect of an arrest.
11 September 2023 (Reuters)
Prime Minister Trudeau was told by his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, during the G-20 Summit in New Delhi that India is concerned about the influence of Sikh militants in Canada, which has the highest number of Sikhs outside their home state of Punjab. “They are promoting secessionism and inciting,” the Indian statement said.
11 September 2023 (CP)
In stark contrast to last year’s G-20 Summit in Bali, the multinational group avoided direct criticism of Russia for its invasion of Ukraine at the 2023 summit in New Delhi. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had pressed unsuccessfully for condemnation of Russia but the final communique focused on food and energy. “People like Putin mistake being reasonable for being weak,” Trudeau said September 10. “He is dead wrong and Canada will continue to support Ukraine with whatever it takes, as long as it takes.”