International news in brief

Germany seeks safe zones to shelter Syrian refugees

GAZIANTEP — On Saturday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel stated that Germany would attempt to create “safe zones” in Syria for refugees fleeing the war in the country. This would help cities like Brussels and Ankara slow the tide of migrants entering Europe from the Middle East. The U.N. had previously disapproved of the plan unless the refugees’ saftey could be guaranteed. In response, Merkel is advocating for a ceasefire and a significant level of security in the zones.

Source: Reuters

Canada advocates for new media laws to boost content

TORONTO — The Canadian government is preparing to abolish a law that says the country’s broadcasting, media, and cultural industries have to support local Canadian content. The previous quota for local content decreased last year with the arrivals of online media services such as Netflix. The Canadian Heritage federal department has announced a public consultation to determine how to support and promote Canadian content in the current digital climate.

Source: Reuters

Two car bombings in Baghdad kill 12 military officials

BAGHDAD — This Saturday, 12 people were killed in two car bomb attacks in Baghdad. ISIS has claimed responsibility behind the larger of the two bombings, which targeted security forces at a checkpoint in al-Husseiniya. The second bombing targeted an army convoy in Arab al-Jabour. There has been no claim of responsibility for the second bombing.


China and U.S. pledge to ratify Paris climate deal

UNITED NATIONS — On Friday, China and the U.S. made progress on implmenting a Paris deal to slow down the effects of global warming after both countries pledged to adopt it.Together, China and the U.S. account for 38 percent of the the world’s Greenhouse gas emissions. 175 states signed the deal on Friday, making it the biggest global agreement that has been ratified on the first day, a record that was previously set in 1982.

Source: Reuters

U.S. remains hesitant to share information with Nigeria

DAKAR — American and other western officials’ failure to share intelligence information about the West African militant group known as Boko Haram has negatively impacted the efforts of Nigerian forces and those of its neighboring nations. Western officials have previously only provided partial information to the Nigerian military fearing any potential abuse of this information. Nigerian officials believe that American intelligence is pivotal to putting a stop to this terrorist group.

Source: The New York Times

German citizens divided in reaction to President Obama's visit

HANOVER — German citizens have developed contrasting reactions in anticipation of President Obama’s visit. President Obama is set to open the Hannover Messe, the largest industrial fair in the world. Some German citizens eagerly awaiting the President’s visit were seen showing off their wares. Thousands of other German citizens, however, were seen protesting the proposed trans-Atlantic trade deal between Europe and the U.S., which many believe will lower consumer standards.

Source: The New York Times