Hey, everyone. Great to see you this Wednesday.
We're starting with news of a leadership change in Canada.
The country is a parliamentary democracy.
Its head of state, the prime minister, is the leader of whichever political party wins the most seats in a national election.
There's no term limit on how long the prime minister can serve.
So, conservative party leader Stephen Harper, who's been in power since 2006, was hoping to stay there.
But in Monday's vote, Canadians gave the majority to Canada's liberal party.
It's led by this man, Justin Trudeau, and he'll become Canada's next prime minister.
Trudeau is the son of former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, who served on and off from the 1960s through the 1980s.
In land area, Canada is the second largest country in the world.
But with 35 million people, its population is only a fraction of that of its border country, the U.S.
The leader of the United Nations, Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, arrived in the Middle Eastern city of Jerusalem yesterday.
He's there to try to calm things down between Palestinians and Israelis.
Since October 1st, Palestinians say that 45 members of their community have been killed by Israeli forces in Jerusalem and in the Palestinian territories of West Bank and Gaza.
Israelis say that seven members of their community have been killed by Palestinians using knives, guns and cars.
And U.N. Secretary Ban says the two sides stand on the brink of another catastrophic period of violence.
Violence in the Middle East.
The conflict has been going on for over a hundred years.
As for this current wave of violence, it depends on who you asked.
Israeli officials accuse Palestinian leaders of inciting hatred and violence against Israel,including lone wolf style attacks via social media on Israeli soldiers and citizens.
Palestinian leaders blame Israelis.
They point to the Israeli occupation that's been in place for almost 50 years.
They say Israeli police are too quick to use lethal force.
They also point to restrictions on the holy site known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as the Temple Mount.
They say that Israel is violating the status quo.
The status quo is an agreed upon understanding that governs the site,which is the third holiest site in Islam and the most holy site in Judaism.
It says Jews can visit the site at certain times, but they can't pray there, which angers some Israelis who want greater access.
Palestinians oppose that.
They use the site for worship and they say the increasing pace of visits from the Israeli far right angers them.
Palestinians are also alarm by some right wing Israelis who say they want to construct a third temple on the site.
Well, at the moment, Israeli and Palestinian leaders are blaming each other.
Neither side has been able to calm things.
Behind the scenes, they are talking, but for now it seems that the voices of outrage and anger on the street are drowning out any political dialogue.