Around the world: Angela Merkel’s meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama and Boko Haram’s expanding presence in Africa were the focus of Canadian international coverage Tuesday.

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By Alex Karageorgos, for the International Reporting Bureau at Humber College

Canadian international coverage on Tuesday focused on Boko Haram’s expanding presence in Africa, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama.

The Globe and Mail kicked off its international coverage with a front-page article from Paul Koring in Washington that ran under the headline “Obama weighs arms for Ukraine as divide over Russia deepens.” A photo from Getty Images of Merkel speaking at the White House rans with it above the fold. The report focused on the German Chancellor’s shuttle diplomacy to sell the Franco-German peace plan to the U.S. President and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper Wednesday. The full report continued on page A4.

The Globe also featured an article from South American correspondent Stephanie Nolen in Buenos Aires titled “Argentine President set to leave office and a divided nation.” It featured a photo from Reuters of Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, who has been accused of attempting to subvert justice.


The National Post started its international coverage with a front-page tease on Merkel’s mission. The report by William Marsden threw to page A7 and ran under the headline “Won’t arm Ukraine until peace process finishes, Obama says after meeting with Angela Merkel.” It included a photo from Getty Images of Merkel and Obama.

The Post also featured an article on the same page from Dalatou Mamane of the Associated Press. It ran under the headline “Car bomb explodes in Niger as Boko Haram extremists step up attacks outside Nigeria.” It was accompanied by a photo from Getty Images of Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau making an announcement at an unknown location. The Nigerian-based extremist group boosted its attacks after 20 people were captured aboard a bus in Cameroon and a car bomb exploded in the Niger town of Diffa.

The Toronto Star’s world coverage opened with an article on page A6 by Sherif Abdel Kouddous and foreign affairs reporter Olivia Ward. It ran with the headline “Egypt’s appeals court slams Fahmy trial.” It was accompanied by a photo from Getty Images of the wife and son of Al-Jazeera’s Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed looking at a family picture in Cairo. Egypt’s highest appeals court moved Mohamed Fahmy’s retrial to Thursday.

The Star continued with a story written by Benjamin Katz on the rise of anti-Jewish hate crimes in Britain. The article ran under the headline “Report finds sharp rise in anti-Semitic crime in the U.K.” It suggests that these violent events have increased during periods of tension in the Middle East, with anti-Semitic crimes growing 137-percent over the last year in London alone.

The CBC’s online world coverage began in Syria with an AP article titled “Bashar al-Assad denies co-operation with U.S. in anti-ISIS fight.” It featured a photo from Reuters of devastated buildings in the Douma area of Damascus that were hit by airstrikes.

Moving to Africa the CBC ran another report from AP with the headline “Boko Haram abducts 8 girls in Cameroon.” The report included a photo from Reuters of women at a displacement camp in northern Nigeria.

CTV’s online international coverage began with an article from Peter Leonard of AP titled “Ukraine reports artillery attack on eastern town well behind the front line.” It ran with a photo from Reuters of a teenager walking in front of a demolished neighborhood in Donetsk.

CTV rounded out its international coverage with an article co-written by Philippe Sotto and Greg Keller of AP. The article ran with the headline “Trial hears that Strauss-Kahn didn’t know women in orgies were prostitutes.” It delved into former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s claim that he was unaware the women who participated in orgies he was involved in were prostitutes. It featured a photo from AP of an activist carried by three French police officers outside the Lille courtroom where Strauss-Kahn is on trial.