World AM News Briefs For Friday, 17 May 2019
Good Morning Australia!! - A lonely attempt to stop an international outrage - Boris Johnson is about to make his move - Winter came and went, and Game of Thrones fans are not happy - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
A man from Taiji, Japan today goes to court in a lawsuit to stop the town's notorious dolphin hunts, which have sparked international revulsion because of the movie "The Cove". The 53-year old wishes to remain anonymous until the case is over, and he says he's already been ostracized in his hometown south of Nagoya. His case at Wakayama District Court alleges that the drive hunts - in which dolphins are herded into shallow water, where they are either killed for meat or occasionally captured to be sold to aquariums around the world - are "exceptionally cruel", have damaged Taiji's reputation, and says that by speaking out he has been "deprived of my right to live normally". The Japanese Life Investigation Agency and London-based animal welfare charity Action for Dolphins are backing the man's claim.
China is threatening to retaliate against the US after the Trump administration banned Huawei products from being used in US networks over national security concerns. Huawei denies its kit it riddled with spyware and says it doesn't work directly with Chinese intelligence. Analysts say the sanctions could end up hurting the US in the long run, because other Chinese companies make the parts used in Huawei gear for American companies - Beijing could simply eliminate the US middleman and become more technology independent.
British Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to announce the timing of her long-awaited resignation in the first week of June. That coincides with the fourth scheduled House of Commons vote on her Brexit proposal. If Parliament once again rejects her deal for the UK to exit the European Union, it is believed she'll step down sooner rather than later. If, for some reason, lawmakers approve the package as they have three times before, then she'll likely see the process through until October. Maneuvering behind her back is Brexiteer Boris Johnson who announced he will run for leader of the Conservative Party.
Authorities in the US and several European countries say they dismantled a major cybercrime gang that used "Goznym" malware captured online banking details to access bank accounts. The criminals put the gang together by advertising their skills in dark webs forums. Cops busted suspects in the US, Bulgaria, Germany, Moldova, and Ukraine; the ringleader was picked up in the Republic of Georgia, and ten Russian suspects are still on the run.
French police arrested a long-time fugitive leader of the ETA group, which used terrorism tactics to try and carve out an independent Basque homeland in southern France and northern Spain. At least 850 people were killed in bombings during the group's heyday, mostly in the 1980s. Spain wants to try 69-year old Jose Antonio Urruticoetxea Bengoetxea for a 1987 bombing that killed eleven people, including six children.
To say that some fans of "Games of Thrones" final season have been disappointed is an understatement. But some are going an extra step, and have signed a petition asking HBO to scrap Season Eight and do it over again. "Remake Game of Thrones season eight with competent writers" demands a petition posted to Change.org, which blasts showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (known as D&D) for allegedly being "woefully incompetent writers when they have no source material (ie the books) to fall back on". George RR Martin has not completed the series of "A Song of Ice and Fire" books on which the series is based, leaving D&D to complete the series on their own. Critics say D&D ignored years of character development and prophecies to write breakneck plot changes just to wrap it up and move on to their next project - which just happens to be the next Star Wars movies.