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– – Facebook is ready to pay for Canadian news: Facebook’s director of public policy for Canada told The Globe and Mail the tech giant was open to paying Canadian news publishers to license their content, a promise similar to the one made in Australia earlier this week. Facebook temporarily blocked all Australian news content in a showdown with the government, but will now be negotiating licensing with publishers. She also pledged to spend $ 1 billion worldwide supporting the journalism industry over the next three years.

– – Another extension of the bill for euthanasia: The federal government has been granted an additional month – a fourth extension – to bring the current assisted dying law in line with a 2019 court ruling aimed at expanding access to medical assistance when dying. The Liberals accused the Conservatives of running out of time in the House of Commons.

– – RCMP focuses on threats from China: RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki Says RCMP should do more to help those living in Canada who feel threatened or coerced by foreign governments, namely China. She made the comments before the Commons Committee on Canada-China Relations.

– – MPs are calling for sanctions related to Hong Kong: A parliamentary committee examining how Canada should react to Beijing’s crackdown on civil rights and democracy in Hong Kong has called for sanctions against the responsible Chinese officials.

– – Canadian documents show a new link between Jamal Khashoggi’s murderers and the Saudi crown prince. Saudi records filed with a Toronto court may provide further clue as to who exactly ordered the journalist’s murder. US President Biden will publish a report that will conclude that the Crown Prince himself authorized the murder.

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– – USA strike Syria: In its first military action, US President Biden’s administration ordered air strikes in Syria, which were allegedly Iranian-backed militias responsible for recent attacks against American and allied forces in Iraq.

– – Minimum wage measure abolished due to US incentives: A measure to raise the federal minimum wage to $ 15 by 2025 has been removed from the US $ 1.9 billion stimulus package. The House will vote on the bill today.

– – ISIS teenage bride cannot return to the UK: The UK Supreme Court has just ruled that Shamima Begum, who left London at the age of 15 to join ISIS, cannot return to the UK to fight her citizenship case. She wants to return to question the government’s decision to remove her British citizenship.

– – More school kidnappings in Nigeria: Gunmen kidnapped hundreds of girls from boarding school in Nigeria this morning. It is the second mass abduction of school children in just over a week, and there have been several abductions in the past few months. More than 300 boys were abducted in December.

– – Elsewhere: The Dutch parliament, together with the Canadian parliament, declares China’s actions against Uyghurs to be genocide. India cracks down on social media and streaming services. British Airways owner IAG posted its biggest loss ever (EUR 7.4 billion) in 2020. Myanmar’s army officially canceled last year’s election results.


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