Macron, Trudeau deepen ‘bromance’ in Paris

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau waves to onlookers following a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, at the Arc de Triomphe, in Paris. (Reuters)
Updated 16 April 2018
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Macron, Trudeau deepen ‘bromance’ in Paris

  • The two young leaders, both progressives in their 40s, spoke warmly of their ties.
  • Macron and Trudeau see each other as natural allies in a world increasingly shaped by right-wing nationalism.

Paris: French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stressed their common vision and the strength of their personal friendship as they met in Paris on Monday.
The two young leaders, both progressives in their 40s, exchanged a hug on the steps of the Elysee Palace and spoke warmly of their ties afterwards at a press conference that ended with them leaving the room with their arms across each other’s backs.
Macron and Trudeau see each other as natural allies in a world increasingly shaped by right-wing nationalism which has gathered strength in Europe and the United States, as well as in Russia, Turkey and China.
“We have an extremely close convergence of views,” Macron said during the press conference, which came after a working lunch and talks with Trudeau.
Trudeau, speaking mostly in French, ended his remarks lauding the “friendship” between the two leaders — a contrast with the often difficult relationship he has with his North American neighbor, US President Donald Trump.
“Canada, France and Europe are extremely aligned,” he said.
Talks included trade, the war in Syria and an upcoming summit of G7 countries which will be hosted by Canada in June.
Trudeau and Macron’s first meeting as leaders came in May last year when they were photographed together at a meeting of G7 countries in the dreamy setting of Taormina, a hillside town in Sicily.
It led to widespread commentary about the “bromance” between the two married liberals — as well as jokes online that they looked like they had gone to Sicily for their wedding photographs.


Rights group details lead-up to Myanmar attacks on Rohingya

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Rights group details lead-up to Myanmar attacks on Rohingya

  • The report says the army also trained and armed non-Muslim civilians living in Myanmar’s northwestern Rakhine state
  • About 700,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh to escape what the United Nations and US officials have called an “ethnic cleansing” campaign

BANGKOK: A human rights group has documented the Myanmar military’s early preparations for its violence against Rohingya Muslims.
The independent Fortify Rights group said Thursday that it found the army systematically confiscated knives and other sharp-edged tools and forced Rohingya families to remove protective fencing from around their homes as early as 2016.
The report says the army also trained and armed non-Muslim civilians living in Myanmar’s northwestern Rakhine state who later participated in attacks on the Rohingya.
It says those preparations preceded Rohingya militant attacks in late August 2017 that were followed by mass atrocities against Rohingya civilians and the widespread violence that followed.
About 700,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh to escape what the United Nations and US officials have called an “ethnic cleansing” campaign by Myanmar’s government.