Your morning five: Palestinians swear-in unity government

Your morning five: Palestinians swear-in unity government

Majdi Mohammed/AP

Majdi Mohammed/AP

We tell you five things you need to know this morning.

1. Palestinian factions unite in government. The moderate Fatah and hostile Hamas movements formed an alliance in Ramallah, weeks after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas promised the two sides would cooperate. Fatah controls the West Bank, while Hamas rules in the Gaza Strip. They chose Ramallah, in the West Bank, for the swearing-in of the “national consensus government.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged governments “not to rush” to recognize the Palestinians. Western leaders are watching carefully.

2. A Canadian nun is free. Gilberte Bussière, a 74-year-old missionary from Asbestos, Que., who’d lived in Cameroon for decades, was abducted on April 5 by an armed group, possibly Boko Haram. A pair of Italian missionaries, Gianantonio Allegri and Giampaolo Marta, joined Bussière in captivity somewhere in Cameroon. The details of the trio’s Sunday release are, at best, murky. Agence France-Presse claims a prisoner exchange was involved, but neither Canadian nor Italian authorities have told their sides of the story. Canadian officials only reiterated a “clear” policy that they “do not pay ransoms.”

3. Daniel Therrien’s critics get vocal. Last week, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair was openly critical of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s appointment of Therrien as Canada’s next privacy commissioner. Now, The Globe and Mail reports that academics and privacy advocates, including the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, will oppose Therrien’s selection. The ivory tower’s support has never been a prerequisite for Harper’s appointments, and only when civil society’s protests reach a fever pitch does the government ever reconsider its objectives. That won’t deter Mulcair, unless something else distracts.

4. Iraq’s struggle continues. The United Nations confirmed that May was the deadliest month so far in the fledgling democracy that voted en masse last month in parliamentary elections. The monthly death toll included 799 people (315 in Baghdad alone), and 603 civilians. Al Jazeera reports that the UN report didn’t count casualties in the western Anbar province, where Iraqi forces fought armed groups and civilian deaths might have reached nearly 200.

5. King Juan Carlos abdicates the throne. Spain’s monarch will leave the throne after 39 years, and the world will soon become familiar with his only son, Felipe, the Prince of Asturias and heir apparent—and, shortly, King Felipe VI. Juan Carlos, who took the throne two days after the death of dictator Francisco Franco, ushered in democracy and had been a popular monarch for decades. Lately, however, corruption allegations swirled, and the King lost more support when reports emerged that he’d embarked on an elephant-hunting trip in Africa during Spain’s devastating financial crisis in 2012.

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Your morning five: Palestinians swear-in unity government

  1. This should be lovely. Hamas, and Fatah are FINALLY going to be working together. I can see the PEACE breaking out all over.

    HAMAS…will smuggle in the parts to make the rockets, and FATAH will launch them against the Israelis.

    Everyone is happy.

    • And Jimmy will continue to believe that he’s the Oracle of Halifax.

  2. Jesus was a Palestinian.

    • Jesus was a Jew, Emily.

      He lived in an area the Roman’s called Palestine. There was no such thing as a Palestinian until recently. To the Romans…everyone living there was a Palestinian.

      Your ignorance still impresses.

      • You can’t tell the difference between religion and nationality.

        He was born in Bethlehem….that’s Palestine.

        Palestine’s been around much longer than Rome was….but then again you think Obama is a Muslim so I suppose I shouldn’t expect too much.

        • Emily,

          You’re complete and utter ignorance continues to astound.

          There never was a NATION of Palestine. When Jesus was born, it was a Jewish area under Roman control. If anything, he was ROMAN before he was a palestinian.

          I’m not sure if your repeated attempts to misrepresent that region are due to actual and real ignorance, or the fact that you detest the Hebrew nation that exists now. In any event, it doesn’t matter……the Jewish people will survive no matter how you feel about them.

          • Yes, I’m afraid there was, Jimmy m’lad…..which you could have learned by Googling.


            Don’t get your history from Cracker Jack boxes.

          • And the fact you get your info from Wiki…says it all.

          • by the way Emily….

            what was your reaction when your Wiki link…..said the area was also known as “the Land of Israel”?

            bet that ticked you off.