#Politics

.Ottawa, ON, Canada
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks at a news conference at Rideau Hall after meeting with Gov. Gen. Mary Simon to ask her to dissolve Parliament, triggering an election, in Ottawa, Ontario. (AP/PTI Photo)

  • Trudeau named Mélanie Joly as foreign minister and Anita Anand as defense minister
  • Chrystia Freeland retains her positions as deputy prime minister and finance minister
  • Women make up half of the Cabinet, as they have done since Trudeau’s Liberal government was first elected in 2015

Japan's former Princess Mako, right, the elder daughter of Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko, and her husband Kei Komuro (Photo Credit: AP)

  • Princess Mako married  commoner Kei Komuro on Tuesday thereby losing her royal status
  • There will be no rituals, banquet or celebration of the marriage
  • 30-year-old Mako is the niece of Japanese Emperor Naruhito

.Brasília - Brasilia, Federal District, Brazil
Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro's COVID claims have once again landed him in a soup (Photo Credit: PTI/AP)

  • Jair Bolsonaro’s comments linking COVID vaccine to AIDS caused controversy
  • Facebook and YouTube removed the video from their platforms
  • The platforms said the video was in violation of their policies on COVID vaccines

.Paris, France
The royal statue half-man, half-shark of Benin's 19th century King Behanzin (Photo Credit: AP)

  • Artefacts from the West African country of Benin were looted by French colonialist army 129 years ago
  • France's decision to return colonial artefacts will have ramifications for other European nations
  • Benin is setting up a new museum in Abomey to house the works

Pro-democracy protesters use fires to block streets to condemn a takeover by military officials in Khartoum, Sudan

  • Sudan’s military seized power Monday, dissolving the transitional government
  • The UN Security Council has scheduled an emergency meeting
  • The meeting was requested by the US, UK, France, Ireland, Norway and Estonia

.Columbus, OH, USA
Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost speaks in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo Credit: AP)

  • Republican Attorney Dave Yost filed suit against Biden administration
  • New regulations allow referral of women seeking abortions to a provider
  • Yost wants two rules passed in 2019 to be reinstated

.Texas City, TX, USA
Texas state Governor Greg Abbott. (Photo Credit: AFP)

  • Greg Abbott, a Republican, signed redrawn voting maps on Monday
  • The new maps will reinstate the Republicans slipping majority in the state
  • Civil rights organisations have already filed federal lawsuits against the move

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
US State Department Spokesperson Ned Price.(Photo Credit: AFP)

  • The Biden administration has suspended $700 million in emergency assistance
  • The full amount of the aid package had been put on "pause," Ned Price said
  • Sudan's military seized power on Monday

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., a key holdout vote on President Joe Biden's domestic agenda, chairs a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, at the Capitol in Washington. (Photo: AP)

  • Pivotal Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin appears to be on board with proposals for new taxes on billionaires
  • Biden said Monday he felt “very positive” about reaching agreement on his big domestic policy bill
  • Biden has said he'd like to see a $2 trillion package

.Beijing, China
Chinese President Xi Jinping has not left the country in 600 days (Photo Credit: PTI/AP)

  • Chinese President Xi Jinping will not attend the G20 Summit: Sources
  • President Xi has not left China in nearly 600 days
  • Sources close to him say mandatory quarantine upon returning to China is why Jinping doesn’t want to go to Italy