Nelson Mandela’s ex-assistant starts a Twitter controversy, a German anti-Islamic group moves into England and France’s investment in the fight against radicalism led Canadian international coverage.

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By Duncan Spence, for the International Reporting Bureau Humber College

Controversial tweets from Nelson Mandela’s ex-assistant, a German anti-Islamic group and France’s investment in the fight against radicalism led Canadian international pages Thursday.

The Globe and Mail led its international coverage with a report from Mark MacKinnon in London on the presence of the German-based anti-islamic group, Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West, in England. The report ran on the third page accompanied by an Associated Press photo of a PEGIDA march. The report was headlined “PEGIDA marches will test Britain’s makeup.”

The Globe also devoted half of page A6 to an analysis report from Johannesburg correspondent Geoffrey York on racially charged tweets made by Nelson Mandela’s ex-assistant Zelda la Grange. The report ran under the headline “Racial tensions rattle the rainbow nation” and was accompanied by a Getty Images photo of la Grange.


The National Post’s primary international report focused on yesterday’s stabbing of 11 people on a Palestinian bus. The report was penned by Isabel Kershner and Irit Pazner Garshowitz and ran alongside an AP photograph of a man being tended to by first responders.

The Post also ran reports from the AP without bylines on the leader of PEGIDA stepping down and France announcing the hire of 2, 600 new anti-terror personnel. Both pieces ran with AP photos.

The Post’s world page also featured a report from Ahmed al-Haj headlined “Yemeni rebels make deal to end standoff” and a report by Taimoor Shah and Joseph Goldstein headlined “Afghan Taliban may be turning to ISIS.” Both of these reports ran a sidebars without visuals.

The Toronto Star ran an exclusive on its front page from staff reporters Peter Edwards and Katrina Clarke on Douglas Gary Freeman. Freeman was linked to the Black Panther Party and has been trying to return to Canada from the U.S. for the last seven years. The report ran with a photo of Edwards embracing his son taken by Star photographer Steve Russell.

The Star also picked up on the Zelda la Grange story, running a half-page report on the ex-Mandela assistant’s controversial tweets. The report was accompanied by a Getty photo of la Grange with Mandela.

The Star also ran a report on page A10 from Tanya Talaga headlined “France to spend $591M on counterterrorism. The report ran with an AFP/Getty Images photo. Beneath Tagala’s piece ran a report from AP writer David Rising headlined “Anti-Islam leader quits after posing like Hitler.” The story ran with a small photo from Getty of ex-PEGIDA leader Lutz Bachmann.

CBC kicked off its international coverage online with a report about the status of Japans efforts to negotiate the release of hostages held by ISIS in Syria. The report came from AP and ran without a byline.

Last night’s edition of The National also featured a report from Adrianne Arsenault in Havana on the U.S.-Cuban normalization talks.

CTV led its National News program’s international coverage with a report about the Donetsk airport. The report was a collection of stills voiced over by anchor Lisa LaFlamme showing the airport nearly completely destroyed.

Richard Madan reported from Havana at the 12-minute mark as CTV followed up on U.S.-Cuban normalization talks.

The CTV National News also featured an anchor voiced report on the stabbing of 11 people on a Palestinian bus Wednesday.