Canadian PM responds to Trump’s criticism of dairy industry
TORONTO (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday that he plans to be respectful and engage the United States with a fact-based approach to solving problems a day after Donald Trump called Canada a “disgrace” for policies that hurt American farmers.
Trudeau said during a news conference alongside visiting Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni on Parliament Hill that he will stand up for Canada’s interests and people.
“The way to do that is to make arguments in a respectful fashion, based on facts, and work constructively and collaboratively with our neighbors,” said the Liberal leader.
The U.S. president took aim at Canada’s dairy industry this week for creating a new lower-priced classification of milk product that he argues hurts U.S. producers. Trump said it has put farmers in Wisconsin and New York state out of business.
Trucks loses control, plows into crowd, killing 20 in India
HYDERABAD, India (AP) — At least 20 people have been killed and several others seriously injured after a truck driver lost control and plowed into a group of protesting farmers in southern India Friday, officials said.
At least 14 of those killed were electrocuted because the bus first hit an electricity pole causing high-tension wires to fall onto the crowd, police official Jaya Lakshmi said.
The local government has ordered an investigation.
Eyewitnesses on local TV described heart-rending scenes and mangled bodies as the bus first hit a car and the electricity pole before crashing into the crowd.
The farmers were gathered outside the main police station in the town of Yerpedu protesting against illegal sand mining in their area.
Mexico sees 2,020 murders in March, highest month since 2011
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico has surpassed 2,000 murders in a month for the first time since the summer of 2011, and had more murders in the first quarter of 2017 than in the start of any year in at least two decades.
Unlike 2011, when a bloody cartel clash in Ciudad Juarez was driving the national toll to new heights, the murders driving the 2017 total are spread across a number of states.
The federal government released the state-by-state murders totals for March on Friday. There were 2,020 murders in March, up about 11 percent from February.
For January through March, the total was 5,775 murders, up 29 percent from the same three months last year. Guerrero, Baja California and Baja California Sur were among states that saw jumps in March.
Rights group: Halt Egypt aid over video showing executions
BEIRUT (AP) — An international rights group is urging suspension of military aid to Egypt after video leaked by an Islamist TV channel showed troops appearing to carry out cold-blooded executions of detainees in the northern Sinai Peninsula, where the army is embroiled in battles with the Islamic State militant movement.
Human Rights Watch on Friday said two men in the video belong to a militia that helps the army against IS. The group says members of Egyptian military intelligence are shown directing executions before placing rifles next to bodies to depict the dead as militants killed in a raid.
Egypt’s army spokesman could not be reached for comment.
Human Rights Watch deputy Middle East director Joe Stork calls the killings “outrageous” and says Egypt’s counterterrorism campaign in Sinai “is out of control.”