The death of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah and new fighting in the Ukraine lead international coverage form Canadian media outlets.

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By Duncan Spence, for the J-Source International Reporting Bureau Humber College

The death of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah and renewed tensions in Ukraine led international reports from the Canadian media Friday.

The Globe and Mail kicked off its international coverage with two front-page stories. The first, by Mark MacKinnon, detailed the life of Saudi Arabia’s late King Abdullah. The report ran under the headline “Abdullah, the reluctant reformer, dies at 90” and ran below the fold, throwing to page A2. A small uncredited, photo of Abdullah ran alongside the story.

Above the fold, the Globe  ran a report from Geoffrey York in Johannesburg headlined “Number of Ebola cases shows dramatic decline, WHO says.” The article ran with a Reuters photograph of a woman taking a young boy’s temperature at an Ebola treatment centre. The article threw to page A12.


Also featured in the Globe’s world coverage was a report from Andrew Kramer and Rick Lyman in Donetsk, Ukraine. The report was titled “Symbolic Donetsk airport falls” and ran with a Reuters photograph of two people looking into the shattered window of a bus.

The National Post also featured coverage of King Abdullah’s death on their front page. It ran an Associated Press report that featured below the fold and was penned by Aya Batrawy and Abdullah al-Shihri. The report ran alongside a Bloomberg photograph of King Abdullah waving and was headlined “Saudi ruler who was key U.S. ally dead at 90.” A small AP sidebar that detailed Saudi succession ran with the article.

The Post’s international coverage also included a report from Shuaib Almosawa and Rod Nordland of the New York Times headlined “President of Yemen resigns.” The report ran on page A7 without any visuals.

The Toronto Star opened its international coverage Friday with a report from Douglas Martin and Ben Hubbard of the New York Times headlined “Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah dead at age 90.” The report ran below the fold and threw to page A12.

The Star’s international coverage also featured an update on Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman’s death headlined “Argentina’s president makes U-turn, says prosecutors death ‘ not a suicide.’” The report was written by Almudena Calatrava and Peter Prengaman of AP and ran without visuals.

The Star rounded out its coverage with an article from AP that ran with no byline. The report was headlined “East Ukraine shaken by fatal shelling of city bus.” The report ran with an AFP/Getty Images photograph of a group of armed men.

CBC topped its online international coverage with a report from AP updating the status of two Japanese hostages held by Islamic State of Iraq and Levant in Syria. The report ran with no byline and a Getty photo of hostage Kenji Goto’s mother making a plea to the Japanese government to pay her sons ransom.

The CBC also ran a Reuters report that detailed the death of the Saudi king. It ran with no byline alongside a Reuters photograph of Abdul Aziz al-Saud, the new Saudi king.

CBC’s Thursday edition of The National also featured an update on the state of normalization talks between Cuba and the U.S. from Adrianne Arsenault in Havana.

CTV led its international online coverage with report from AP’s Mstyslav Chernov headlined “Signs emerge of looming rebel offensive in eastern Ukraine.” The report ran with a AP photograph of Ukrainian rebels driving an armoured vehicle.

It also featured a report from AP under the headline “World leaders react to the death of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah.” The report ran without a byline accompanied by a photo of King Abdullah and Barack Obama sitting together.

CTV opened Thursdays edition of the National News with a report from Washington bureau chief Paul Workman on the death of the Saudi Arabian king.