Jordan’s execution of two ISIS prisoners and a plane crash in Thailand dominated Canadian global coverage on Wednesday.

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By Kyle Wyskiel, for the International Reporting Bureau Humber College

Canadian international coverage focused on a plane crash in Taiwan and Jordan’s execution of two Al Qaeda captives in retaliation for ISIS burning a Jordanian pilot alive.

The CBC opened its world coverage with the execution of two Al Qaeda captives in Jordan. The CBC ran an online report from the Associated Press headlined “Jordan executes 2 al-Qaeda prisoners after ISIS kills captured pilot”. The report ran with no byline alongside an AP photo of the slain pilot’s family members in Amman.

CTV also featured an article that focused on the Al Qaeda prisoners executed in Jordan. The AP article, written by AP reporters Karin Laub and Omar Akour, ran with a video element by Peter Akman that described how Jordan was reacting to the “barbaric” execution of the pilot and planned to execute five more captive militants.


CTV also featured a banner photo taken right before a plane clipped a bridge and landed in the Taipei River. The report, by Ralph Jennings of AP, was accompanied by footage of the plane going down and a gallery of photographs of the rescue efforts that followed.

On its front page, The National Post featured an article on DNA experimentation in the U.K. The report, written by Maria Cheng in London, was headlined “U.K moves toward three-parent babies: IVF technique crosses a red line critics say”. The report quoted critics who said the practice could lead to “designer babies.” The article continued inside on page A11.

The Toronto Star ran a front-page story headlined “Prosecutor had plan to arrest Argentine leader: draft warrant found in garbage of dead man, investigator says”. The article was written by The New York Times’ Simon Romero and detailed the death of Alberto Nisman, an Argentinian prosecutor who had drafted a warrant for the arrest of President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. The report continued on page A10.

The Globe and Mail also featured an article on the prosecutor’s death on its front page Wednesday, headlined “Prosecutor found dead had considered arresting president”. The report, written by South American bureau chief Stephanie Nolen, detailed the death of the Nisman and continued on A13.