While you were sleeping: The PM's playlist, Sesame Street in Afghanistan, Montreal sports

While you were sleeping: The PM's playlist, Sesame Street in Afghanistan, Montreal sports
While you were sleeping: The PM's playlist, Sesame Street in Afghanistan, Montreal sports

Published on: July 16, 2017 | Last Updated: July 16, 2017 8:44 AM EDT

Quebecers Meaghan Benfeito and Nathan Zsombor-Murray compete during the Mixed Diving 10m Synchro Platform Final on Daty 2 of the Budapest 2017 FINA World Championships on Saturday, July 15, 2017 in Budapest. Adam Pretty / Getty Images

Happy Sunday,

I hope you are all getting a chance to take it easy this morning. Here are some news bits you might have missed while you were sleeping. 

Congrats to Montrealers Meaghan Benfeito and Nathan Zsombor-Murray! The duo finished in fifth place in the 10 metre mixed synchronized diving event on Saturday at the FINA World Championships in Budapest. You can find more about that story here. 

Quebecers in the news:

The long-running U.S., Canadian trade dispute over softwood lumber may be nearing an end. Christine St-Pierre, Quebec’s minister of international relations spoke up and indicated Friday that Canada wants to settle the issue with the U.S. before the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement begins later this year. 

Across Canada: 

Trudeau released an official Spotify playlist called, “PM Mix.” Its a playlist of  of 39 songs that are “in heavy rotation” on the PM’s i-pad according to the playlist’s description on Spotify. 

Included in the mix: tracks by Canadian artists such as Drake, Shawn Mendes, k.d. lang and – you betchya – the Hip, the Tragically Hip itself.

Be happy to know, this song – Braided Hair – is top of the playlist. Enjoy a listen.

Trudeau also spent some quality time with Alberta at the Calgary Stampede yesterday where he fielded media questions – Omar Khadr was a main topic of discussion. You can find more about that here.  

To round this up, a light hearted story from around the world: Last year, Afghanistan’s version of “Sesame Street” introduced a little girl character aimed at inspiring girls in the deeply conservative Muslim nation.

Now a new muppet is joining the cast: her brother, who will show boys the importance of respecting women. Check it out. 

Sources: Associated Press, Bloomberg, Canadian Press, Montreal Gazette.

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