Continental Breakfast

Trudeau pledges $840 million in humanitarian aid to Syrians

During the debate in Parliament on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged $840 million in humanitarian aid to Syrians in response to a deadly chemical attack in the country.

At least 75 people were killed in a suspected in a nerve gas attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun in the rebel-held Idlib province in Syria. Moscow and Damascus deny responsibility, but according to witnesses the attack was carried out by either Russian or Syrian Sukhoi jets, Fox News reported.

In February 2016, Canada has pledged $1.6 billion over the course of three years towards enhanced security, stabilization, diplomatic engagement, and humanitarian and development assistance in Iraq, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon.

Germany to dissolve child marriages

Germany’s cabinet has agreed a new draft law banning child marriages after the recent refugee influx saw brides even younger than 14 arrive in the country.

The draft law, agreed by the cabinet on Wednesday, has been drawn up to protect minors, especially for girls, by annulling foreign marriages involving underage children.

Youth welfare workers will be allowed to take underaged girls into care, even if they were legally married abroad. If necessary, they will also be separated from their husbands.

‘Something subtly militaristic’ about the outfits of Melania Trump and Queen Rania of Jordan in DC meeting

The meeting between Queen Rania and Melania Trump was quickly framed on social media as a battle of the stylish. Both women appeared in structured looks: Trump in a Kelly green dress with a center slit and belt, and Queen Rania in a black ensemble with a high neck.

Vanessa Friedman, our chief fashion critic, offered her analysis: “They both seem to have dressed for business: covered-up and suited (or in Trump’s case, suit-dressed). It’s a very safe look, for both women, if not one that conveys fun or relaxation — or even modernity. Rather, both looks respect the office, and the idea of a state visit. Though interestingly, there is also something subtly militaristic in the tailored lines of each outfit.”

Ottawa company posts hadith: “O Muslim, there is a Jew behind me. Come and kill him”

Based in Ottawa, SesameSoft is an Islamic software company that spreads the teachings of Islam within the Muslim community and encourages the learning of the Quran and the Arabic language.

According to its mission statement, SesameSoft is working:

To promote an accurate representation of Islam by providing correct information, thereby encouraging individual responsibility for seeking and acting upon the Truth.

To remind Muslims of their responsibility to participate and support their brothers and sisters in Islam who are striving on a daily basis to fulfill the commandment of Allah (Most Exalted is He) in making La illaha ilallah [There is no God But Allah, meaning Islam] the law of this world, insha’Allah [Allah willing].

To teach Muslims kids and new Muslims the Arabic language which is the way to learn Islam.

German Millennials most ‘immigrant-friendly’ among Europeans, study reveals

The majority of young Europeans have little or no trust in their countries’ governments and political elites, are anxious about their future, but still, many of them approve of cultural diversity and welcome immigration.

Entitled ‘Generation What?’ the 49-page survey covered more than 200,000 young people from 11 countries across Europe.

Asked whether they felt that immigrants “enriched the country’s cultural diversity,” 80 percent of Germans said “yes”, which is the top result in Europe, according to the comprehensive study by German broadcasters ZDF, SWR and Bayerischer Rundfunk. Spain and Luxembourg placed came close behind at 78 percent and 76 percent respectively.

North Korea Hacks Secret US-South Korean War Plans

The South Korean defense ministry discovered that malware believed to be of North Korean origin had infected thousands of computers inside the military’s cyber command, including the defense minister’s computer. The malware reportedly compromised the Defense Integrated Data Center, where South Korea’s defense information is stored. The defense ministry initially reported that the hackers accessed “some military information, including sensitive information;” however, officials tried to downplay the hack, claiming the impact was limited.

It appears the North may have made off with critical operations plans for an war against North Korea. OPLAN 5027 was first drafted in the 1970s, and the plan was updated regularly to address changes in North Korean capabilities and warfare.

BLM Philly: Black-only spaces are a gathering place to ‘organize, heal’

Black Lives Matter Philly, responding to a brewing controversy about its meetings being “a black only space,” defended its position Wednesday by saying its members need a separate place “to strategize, organize, heal.”

Its two-page statement read in part: “During the last 36 hours, Black Lives Matter Philly (BLM Philly) has been attacked online and the subject of several right-wing media articles about our April open meeting invitation that states it is a Black only space. … We are unapologetically Black and believe having Black only spaces — where Black people can come together to strategize, organize, heal and fellowship without the threat of violence and co-optation — is an important part of Black liberation.”

Release Of Hillary Clinton’s Emails Won’t Be Finished Until October 2020

A federal attorney said Tuesday that officials at the Department of State and other agencies can’t complete public disclosure of the remaining 100,000 unreleased Hillary Clinton emails for 42 months, or until October 2020.

Justice Department attorney Jennie Kneedler told U.S. District Court Judge James E. Boasberg Tuesday that “processing takes time.” She also told Boasberg during the status hearing on the case that the continued review of the former secretary of state’s emails was “not the best use of State’s time.”

Brexit could endanger rare species, say British zoos

British zoos fear Brexit could endanger rare species by ending the free movement of animals across Europe.

If Britain severs ties with Brussels without a deal, UK zoos would effectively be thrown out of EU-wide breeding programmes and forced into protracted negotiations country by country, according to the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (Biaza).

Kirsten Pullen, Biaza’s chief executive, said animals with shorter life spans, such as rare types of rodents, were among the most vulnerable should Britain be left out in the cold by a no-deal departure from the union.

Talking, bendable Justin Trudeau doll for sale

Now you can do more than just take a selfie with the prime minister.

A new talking and fully bendable Justin Trudeau doll is being sold by The Bradford Exchange, a company specializing in unique and limited edition collectibles.

“We were not aware of this item, nor were we involved in any way in its creation or distribution,” said Cameron Ahmad, the press secretary for the Prime Minister’s Office.

The doll, which costs $129.99 plus shipping and handling, stands about 10 cm taller than a Barbie doll at 38.1 cm and is handcrafted.

It is billed as a “fine adult collectible, not intended for children under 14,” sports a white dress shirt, tie, overcoat, scarf, pants, shoes and comes with a stand.

And with the push of a button, boasts the doll’s product page on the website, Trudeau will say “phrases like “A positive, optimistic, hopeful vision of public life isn’t a naive dream, it can be a powerful force for change,” “Canada is a country strong not in spite of our differences but because of them,” and more.