Six In The Morning Tuesday 19 September 2023


Canada’s Trudeau denies trying to provoke India over Sikh murder

We need more facts – Canadian opposition leader

At a news conference a few minutes ago, Canada’s Conservative opposition leader Pierre Poilievre called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to release more information on what he knows about India’s alleged involvement with Hardeep Singh Nijjar’s death.

“The prime minister needs to come clean with all the facts,” Poilievre says. “We need to know all the evidence possible so that Canadians can make judgements on that.”

Asked whether Canada needed to change its relationship with India, Poilievre reiterated he needed to know more before making a judgement.

“He [Trudeau] didn’t tell me any more in private than he told Canadians in public.”


  1. Canada’s PM Justin Trudeau says he is not trying to provoke India by linking it to the murder of a Sikh separatist leader
  2. The escalating row centres on the murder of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a Canadian citizen shot dead outside a Sikh temple on 18 June in British Columbia
  3. Trudeau says Canadian intelligence are pursuing “credible allegations” of a link between his death and the Indian state
  4. India expelled a senior Canadian diplomat after Canada’s foreign minister announced an Indian diplomat was being kicked out
  5. Trudeau’s allegations have been rejected by India, which described them as “absurd” and politically motivated
  6. It added that Canada had long provided shelter to “Khalistani terrorists and extremists” who threaten India’s security
  7. The US says it is “concerned” about the allegations and urged India to co-operate with an investigation

Azerbaijan launches ‘anti-terrorist’ campaign in disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region

Bombardment of blockaded region could reopen 2020 war in which land was taken from Armenian population

Azerbaijan has said it has launched an “anti-terrorist” campaign in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, as bombing raids were reported in the regional capital of Stepanakert and at other Armenian positions.

The bombardment of the blockaded region, which local Armenians call Artsakh, could reopen a bloody 2020 war in which Azerbaijan retook land from a local Armenian population amid widespread accusations of war crimes.

Sudan: UN sounds alarm over thousands of child deaths

Malnutrition and disease in the midst of a violent conflict have claimed thousands of young lives. UNICEF has warned that many thousands more are likely to die.

More than 1,200 children have died from malnutrition and diseases such as measles in refugee camps housing people displaced by the ongoing conflict in Sudan, the UN said on Tuesday.

The figure refers to children under the age of five who had been living in camps in the White Nile state, just south of Khartoum, who had died since May. It was announced by Allen Maina, chief of public health at the UN refugee agency UNHCR at a briefing in Geneva.

“Unfortunately, we fear numbers will continue rising,” Maina said.

Thousands more children expected to die

The conflict that broke out almost six months ago between Sudanese government forces and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces has brought the country’s healthcare system to its knees.

Operation ‘carte blanche’ : Ukraine’s new defence minister cleans house

Six Ukrainian deputy defence ministers were dismissed on Monday, September 18, a clean sweep that comes just two weeks after a new minister has taken the reins. The fight against corruption is not the only cause of this upheaval in one of Ukraine’s most strategic ministries. FRANCE 24 takes a closer look at the factors behind the overhaul.

All six of Ukraine’s deputy defence ministers were dismissed on Monday, September 18, by new Defence Minister Rustem Umerov, according to a message posted on Telegram by the Ukrainian government’s secretary general, Oleh Nemchinov. Even Hanna Maliar, the high-profile deputy minister who had held her position since 2021, did not escape the purge.

No official reason was given for this decision, but “a complete overhaul is underway”, reported media outlet Oukraïnska Pravda, citing an anonymous government source.

Cleaning out the stables 

The reports suggest that the dismissals are part of Roustem Umerov’s effort to clean out the stables following the departure of Oleksiy Reznikov, his predecessor who is now mired in a series of corruption scandals.

Another country has called Xi a ‘dictator’ and China is not happy with that description

Updated 4:32 AM EDT, Tue September 19, 2023

China has lashed out at Germany after its foreign minister called Xi Jinping a “dictator” and summoned Berlin’s ambassador for a dressing down, in the latest flaring of tensions with a western democratic power over how the Chinese leader is described overseas.
German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock made the remarks in an interview with Fox News during a visit to the United States last week.

When asked about Russia’s war on Ukraine, she said: “If Putin were to win this war, what sign would that be for other dictators in the world, like Xi, like the Chinese president?”

Newcastle United ‘deeply concerned’ after fan stabbed in Milan

  • Eddie McKay in hospital in a stable condition
  • 58-year-old attacked by a group of men in Milan city centre

Newcastle United have said they are “deeply concerned” after one of their fans was stabbed in Milan on Monday night. A 58-year-old was attacked by a group of men in the city centre before Newcastle’s Champions League match against Milan on Tuesday and is in hospital in a stable condition.

Pictures posted online showed a man with a bloodied torso lying on the ground. A Newcastle spokesperson said: “We are deeply concerned by reports that a supporter was seriously assaulted in Milan on Monday evening and we are liaising with local authorities to understand the circumstances.

“Our thoughts are with the supporter and their family and we hope for a full and speedy recovery.”

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