1 ONE CANADIAN The Algerian Prime Minister says there was one Canadian among the militants who attacked a gas plant in Sahara last week.
2 FRENCH AND MALIAN TROOPS CAPTURE TOWNS According to the French Ministry of Defense, they have now “seized control” of the towns of Diabaly and Douentza from Islamist militants. More troops are expected from Ghana, Chad, and Nigeria.
3 MEANWHILE IN ERITREA Soldiers have surrounded the ministry of information building, and state TV has been taken off the air, following an apparent coup attempt.
4 FEWER AMERICANS VISITING CANADA Travel stats show that travel to Canada from the United Kingdom, China, Australia, and Japan, has been on the upswing in recent years. Travelers from the U.S. on the other hand, have been steadily declining in number. Oh, they’ll be back.
5 IT’S ABOUT BLOODY TIME Three actor/filmmakers in Montreal have started a menstruation film festival in the hopes of breaking the taboos around young women talking about the curse. I mean, their monthly visit from Aunt Flow. I mean, that time of the month. How can I put this delicately?…
6 TODAY IS PROBABLY NOT THE MOST DEPRESSING DAY OF THE YEAR It’s Blue Monday! That is to say, it’s the third Monday in January and, according to some calculations, this makes it the hardest day of the year to swallow. Of course, that’s just ridiculous, as this article deftly points out. Besides, everyone knows the most depressing day of the year is New Year’s Eve.
All the same, it’s as good an excuse as any to show the video for New Order’s Blue Monday (that someone apparently shot off their TV).