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World in brief: January 25, 2023

CANADA: Authorities in Canada have agreed to pay C$2.8 billion (£1.7bn) to representatives of indigenous peoples of the country as compensation for the “loss of language, culture and heritage” associated with education in boarding schools to which indigenous children had been forcibly displaced. 

Official data showed that between 1881 and 1996 at least 4,000 children had died of beatings, malnutrition and disease, with many facing sexual abuse, after the country forced around 150,000 aboriginal children into boarding schools. 

According to indigenous representatives, Canada “took too long to admit genocide.”

 

NEW YORK: Nurses who went on strike at Mount Sinai hospital and Montefiore Medical Centre this month have ratified the contracts that were hammered out to end the walkout, their union said on Tuesday.

The New York State Nurses Association said that the new deal raises wages by 19 per cent over three years and provides commitments for the hiring of more nurses.
 

PALESTINE: Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh warned on Wednesday that the new Israeli government was willing to annihilate the two-state solution by gaining full control of the West Bank. 

The prime minister said that he could not rule out that the mounting tensions might turn into a third Intifada.

 

LIBERIA: An independent investigation into logging in the Liberian rainforest found illegal operations “on a significant scale,” with multiple missteps or breaches of law by the government agency charged with protecting those forests, according to a copy of the report obtained by The Associated Press.

The report was completed in 2020 but has never been made public despite activists’ calls.

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