World AM News Briefs For Friday, 2 November 2018
Good Morning Australia!! - Australia's Navy ship builder has been hacked - A Pacific Island's desperate attempt to save its Coral reefs - The strange and gruesome death of a US mobster - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
Australia defense ship builder Austral says it has been hacked. The Western Australia-based company says the "unknown offenders" had accessed some staff email addresses and mobile phone numbers, and that some customers might be impacted as well. A statement from Austal says that the hackers appeared to attempt to sell some of the stolen material online "and engage in extortion". So far, Austral says no national security secrets were involved.
Palau will soon be the world's first nation to impose a widespread ban on sunscreens that contain chemicals that are highly toxic to marine life and can make coral more susceptible to bleaching. This is hoped to protect coral reefs which are already under pressure around the world because of global warming. Palau President Tommy Remengesau said the ban - which comes into force in 2020 - will slap $1,000 fines on retailers who violated the law by selling these sunscreens. "The power to confiscate sunscreens should be enough to deter their non-commercial use, and these provisions walk a smart balance between educating tourists and scaring them away," said Mr. Remengesau.
A judge in Peru ordered opposition leader Keiko Fujimori back to jail for as much as three years as she awaits her trial on corruption charges. Prosecutors say the lawmakers and two-time conservative presidential candidate took bribes from the Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht - implicated in pay-to-play schemes on four continents - to steer contracts its way. The judge ruled that Ms. Fujimori led a "suspected criminal organization which began to interfere with the justice system" and is a flight risk. Her father, former 1990s dictator Alberto Fujimori, famously fled the country at the end of his murderous reign and resigned by fax from Japan, where his parents were born. He later returned and last month, Peru's supreme court revoked a medical pardon and ordered him back to prison to serve out a 25-year sentence for crimes against humanity.
The US has charged two former Goldman Sachs bankers and Malaysian financier Jho Low in connection with the massive corruption at Malaysia's 1MDB investment fund. The US Justice Department says the men stole millions and millions of dollars from the fund; one banker pleaded guilty, one was arrested, but Mr. Low remains at large. Although these are the first US charges from the scandal, the corruption at 1MBD brought down Malaysia's previous prime minister and his wife, who face numerous charges at home.
A Lion Air pilot had problems with a brand-new 737-MAX a day before it crashed into the Java Sea north of Jakarta killing all 189 people on board. Prior to the disaster, a Jakarta Airport official confirms that the earlier pilot wanted to turn back to Bali because of a technical problem; they were overcome and he continued to Jakarta. The next morning, the same plane had problems from take-off, according to some witnesses, and plunged into the water some 13 minutes later. One of the "blackbox" flight recorders has been recovered.
Ethiopia MPs unanimously approved human rights lawyer Meaza Ashenafi to head the country's Supreme Court. She's the first woman to hold the position. "I am so happy that the glass ceiling is shattered and my daughters can dream of becoming anyone they want to be in Ethiopia," said Ms. Meaza. It's the latest in a serious of moves to make Ethiopian government more inclusive: last month, Prime Minister Abiy appointed a cabinet with half the posts taken up by women, and the ceremonial post of President for the first time went to a woman, Sahle-Work Zewde.
And now the gross stuff..
The murder of 89-year old mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger in a US federal prison in West Virginia was sketchier - and more disgusting - than originally thought. Somehow, the killers were able to get to the wheelchair-bound convict and wheel him away from surveillance cameras without guards noticing or getting involved. Then the killers viciously beat him with a "lock in a sock" - some sort of heavy metal object in a sock that is used as a weapon - until he was unrecognizable, tried to cut out his eyes and tongue, and wrapped him in a blanket where he went unnoticed for a few hours until guards checked in on the old man in the morning.
Bulger was revered among many criminals for eluding capture for 16 years, but he was reviled in certain organized crime circles because he fed tips about rival thugs to the FBI, which did his dirty work for him. One of the inmates suspected of killing Bulger is a convicted hit man from the same South Boston area where Bulger was a mob boss in the 1970s and '80s. It is unclear why Bulger was transferred into US Penitentiary Hazleton where he was killed, after being housed without issues in Arizona and Oklahoma. It is also known that US lawmakers had recently written letters to US Attorney General Jeff Sessions about Hazleton about its notorious violence.