World AM News Briefs For Friday, 12 April 2019
Good Morning Australia!! - Julian Assange has been arrested and faces extradition to the US - The space probe that went meshugah - A big breakthrough for women's rights in East Asia - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
Israel's privately-funded Moon mission has failed to land successfully. The engine on the US$100 Million Beresheet probe failed as descended on the surface of the Moon. If it had gone successfully, Israel would have been only the fourth country to land on the Earth's closest celestial neighbor, following the US, Russia, and China. Beresheet, which is Hebrew for "in the beginning", launched on 22 February atop a SpaceX rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, and was hoped to open a new chapter in low-cost private space exploration.
Julian Assange's lawyers vow to fight extradition from London to the United States, now that the Wikileaks founder has been literally dragged out of the Ecuadoran Embassy and hauled before a magistrate. Ecuador pulled its protection of Assange after months of a decaying relationship and rumors of Assange being a poor house guest. He sought asylum in the South American country's Embassy seven years ago to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faces sex abuse charges. But those are now on the back-burner, as the United States has hit him with hacking charges - maybe getting around allegations that the Western powers are persecuting him for practicing his version of journalism.
Sudan's military has ousted and arrested President Omar al-Bashir after nearly three decades in power. Defence minister Awad Ibn Ouf went on TV to announce a three-month state of emergency, followed by a transitional period, and elections in two years. Public protests against al-Bashir have been growing over the past few months, and while many are happy that he is gone, several protesters are already talking about defying the state of emergency and staying on the streets until there are elections.
The UK will hold European Parliament elections if Prime Minister Theresa May doesn't come to an agreement with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in the next few weeks. The European Union granted the UK a six month extension on the Brexit, making 31 October the new date for the divorce. The divorce was supposed to happen today - but with the specter of a no-deal Brexit out of the way for as much as half a year, the UK government has stood down an army of 6,000 civil servants who had been preparing for a no-deal Brexit, and returned them to their previous duties.
The son of a Louisiana Sheriff's Deputy is under arrest for the arson attacks at three churches with predominantly African-American congregations. 21-year old Holden Matthews' social media page reflected an interest in "black metal" - it's a form of heavy metal music obsessed with old European paganism, has attracted neo-nazi followers, and is linked to church burnings in Scandinavia. Police say they zeroed in on Matthews by following evidence that included security camera footage.
Rugby star Israel "Izzy" Folau has possibly thrown away his career with a string of homophobic tweets in which he said "hell awaits" gay people. "He does not speak for the game with his recent social media posts," said a statement from Rugby Australia and the New South Wales Rugby Union, "In the absence of compelling mitigating factors, it is our intention to terminate his contract." The NRL has already slammed the door shut on Folau returning there.
The highest court in South Korea has ruled the country's ban on Abortion is unconstitutional. South Korea has some of Asia's worst restrictions on Women's Reproductive Rights - Women who have abortions can be fined and imprisoned under most circumstances, and doctors who perform the procedure can also face jail. But now, the Constitutional Court ordered that the law must be revised by the end of 2020.