World AM News Briefs For Friday, 15 March 2019
Good Morning Australia!! - How long could Europe and the UK put off the Brexit? - Families are disappointed in the charges stemming from the Bloody Massacre - Bolsonaro has some connections to a political assassination - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
The UK Parliament voted to ask the European Union to delay the Brexit at least until 30 June, possibly longer; the vote was 412-202. But that is dependent on the leaders of the other EU nations, who have to approve the delay unanimously. Prime Minister Theresa May won't take that request to Brussels until after she brings her version of the Brexit up for yet another vote in Parliament, which has soundly rejected twice before. And even though MPs are getting a third vote, the Commons decided not to give the people another crack at a referendum to decide if anyone actually still wants to go through with this debacle.
European Council President Donald Tusk will back the call for a delay when EU leaders meet in Brussels starting on 21 March. He did not specify the length of the delay, but suggested that it would go beyond - perhaps way beyond - European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker's wish that any postponement "should be complete before the European elections" at the end of May. Some MEPs in the European Parliament are already weighing in with suggestions ranging from a few weeks to as long as 21 months.
For some reason, UK prosecutors charged only one former British soldier for the Bloody Sunday massacre in Derry, Northern Ireland in 1972, when British troops murdered 14 unarmed civil rights protesters. The Public Prosecution Service (PPS) determined that there is enough evidence to prosecute "Soldier F", a corporal in the First Battalion, Parachute Regiment, in the murders of both of whom were shot in the back. The defendant's ID is being kept under wraps because the mostrecent investigation was conducted anonymously. William McKinney's brother Michael said it was "disappointing" for families of other victims still awaiting justice after almost five decades. Also, "We have walked the long journey since our fathers and brothers were brutally slaughtered on the streets of Derry," the families said in a statement. "If these crimes had been investigated properly when they happened, and evidence gathered at the time, then the outcome would have been different."
Brazil's far-right president Jair Bolsonaro is having a hard time a photograph showing him with one of two the ex-cops accused in the cowardly assassination of Marielle Franco. One of Bolsonaro's sons dated the daughter of the other suspect. "These relations between paramilitaries and the president of the republic must be explained," demanded Senator Humberto Costa of the opposition Workers' Party. The heavily-armed militias that control large swaths of Brazil's favelas operate more as criminal gangs, running guns and drugs as residents complain police either look the other way of even cooperate. Franco, a progressive icon, stood against the corruption and prosecutors say she was likely assassinated because of that.
A black South African TV and radio presenter was badly beaten when he stopped in Johannesburg to help a group of white people whose car had overturned. Samora Mangesi tweeted photos of the injuries he sustained in the alleged assault, and said he had filed a police report. "Even whilst I was being put in the ambulance, one of these guys tried to run my friend over with his bakkie (pick-up truck) and the paramedics had to intervene," said Mr. Mangesi. Police say the assault is under investigation.
Aussie women dominated the competition in the Eiffel Tower Vertical race, a foot race up all 1,665 stairs of the Paris landmark. Suzy Walsham came first in the Women's division with a time of 10:16.57, followed by Alice McNamara at 11:26:36. On the men's side, Poland's elite runner Piotr Lobodzinski claimed his fifth victory by making it to the top in under 8 minutes.
The zoo in Dallas, Texas has a new baby gorilla.