World AM News Briefs For Friday, 20 Sep 2019
Howdy Australia!! - Trump's mystery security breach to a foreign leader - The AFP goes to Afghanistan to investigate alleged war crimes - What happened to the only criminal charges to come out of the Fukushima nuclear disaster? - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
Donald Trump made a promise to a foreign leader that at least one US intelligence official found so threatening to US national security, this person filed a formal whistleblower complaint with the inspector general of the intelligence community, Michael Atkinson. But the White House and Justice Department are running interference and refusing to allow Mr. Atkinson to reveal any details about it to congress - the nature of the promise, the identity of the other leader, who else in government may be compromised, et cetera. In the five weeks prior to the complaint being filed on 12 August, Donald Trump help phone conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, North Korea's Kim Jong Un, the Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Imran Khan of Pakistan, and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte. House intelligence Committee chair Rep. Adam Schiff is threatening to sue the White House to get the information.
Australian Federal Police (AFP) investigators are in Afghanistan to probe alleged war crimes involving Australian special forces soldiers, reportedly the first time they've gone overseas for such an investigation. The AFP isn't revealing a lot about the case, other than it got the referral in June of last year. That's right about the time that the ABC reported details of a September 2012 raid by Australian SAS troopers and Afghan security forces in which three men were allegedly killed.
A US drone attack in Afghanistan killed 30 pine nut farmers and wounded at least 40 others, and the Reuters news agency says there are still many missing. "Some of us managed to escape, some were injured, but many were killed," said farm laborer Juma Gul. The spokesman for the US campaign in Afghanistan Colonel Sonny Leggett said, "We are fighting in a complex environment against those who intentionally kill and hide behind civilians, as well as use dishonest claims of noncombatant casualties as propaganda weapons," blaming the Taliban and the so-called Islamic State of using civilians as human shields.
A top informant in the Odebrecht scandal has been found dead in his apartment in an upscale area of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil of "indeterminate" causes. Henrique Valladares was a vice president in the company, which has been implicated in pay-to-play scandals on five continents. He entered into a plea deal with prosecutors to confess his and the company's wrong doings, in exchange for a reduced sentence.
A Japanese court has cleared three former executives of the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) of professional negligence in the triple meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. These were the only criminal charges to come out of the worst nuclear accident since the Chernobyl disaster. The three were charged with failing to implement tsunami countermeasures leading to the deaths of 44 people, although Japan continues to claim that no one died as a direct result of three nuclear reactors exploding and melting through their containers into the ground.