World AM News Briefs For Friday, 4 October 2019
Hello Australia!! - Four cops dead in a bizarre insider attack on Paris Police - The president who is friendly with accused murderers - Thieves steal Gandhi's ashes - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
A 20-year employee of the Paris Police Department brought a ceramic knife to work and stabbed four police officers to death - one woman was an administrator in the public security section and three men were anti-terrorism officers. Another officer was injured before the suspect was shot and killed. "He worked with these colleagues and had never shown any behavioural difficulties or anything to raise an alarm," said French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner, "Everyone is shocked and profoundly hurt by what has happened here." The dead attacker was 45-years old and worked in the IT department since 2003.
Police in Brazil arrested another suspect in the assassination of the popular Rio De Janeiro Councillor Marielle Franco - hours after the arrest, photos of the suspect grinning it up with far-right President Jair Bolsonaro went viral. Bolsonaro is seen giving the thumbs up to martial arts instructor Josinaldo Lucas Freitas, who would be accused of disposing of the guns used in the murder Ms. Franco, a rising star in Brazilian politics, and her driver Anderson Gomes. This is the second time this has happened - in March, photos showed Bolsonaro with former cop Elcio Vieira de Queiroz who is accused of driving the getaway car used in Franco's murder. "None of this means Bolsonaro was involved in Marielle's assassination," said Journalist Glenn Greenwald, who was a friend of Ms. Franco. "But it shows how intertwined, multi-pronged, and close are the Bolsonaro Family's ties to (right wing) militias."
On what would have been his 150th birthday, thieves broke into the Bapu Bhawan memorial for Mahatma Gandhi, stole some of his ashes and scrawled the world "traitor" in green over a painting of the man most regard as the father of modern India. Gandhiji's campaign of non-violent disobedience helped lead India to independence from the British Empire in 1945, but extreme Hindu nationalists regarded him as a traitor because of his close relations with India's Muslims. "This unlawful act must have been done by the followers of Gandhi's assassin Nathuram Godse," said Gurmeet Singh, a local official with Gandhi's Congress Party. "This madness must stop. I urge Rewa police to check CCTV cameras installed inside Bapu Bhawan and nab the accused."
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam reportedly plans to invoke a colonial-era emergency powers to ban face masks in the troubled city. Other powers Lam might claim from the 1922 law leftover from the British occupation include censorship, control or suppression of the media, arrests, detentions, deportations, and seizure of property. Five months of pro-democracy protests have grown more and more violent and have impeded commerce in the Asian business center. Meanwhile, authorities lodged rioting charges against the teen protester who was shot in the shoulder by a Hong Kong cop a day after police relaxed the policy for the use of deadly force against demonstrators.
Donald Trump committed another impeachable offense, out in the open in front of a bunch of reporters. "China should start an investigation into the Bidens because what happened in China is just about as bad as what happened in Ukraine," he said, without offering a shred of proof (because it doesn't exist) of this desperate claim. He also reconfirmed his admission of asking Ukraine to investigate the former Vice President and son. "Is this thing on?" US Federal Elections Chief Ellen Weintraub asked sarcastically, after being forced to once again tweet the statute that makes it totally illegal to ask foreign powers to interfere in US elections. And you could hear Hillary Clinton's eyes roll as she tweeted, "Someone should inform (Trump) that impeachable offenses committed on national television still count."
Zambia's parliament has unanimously adopted a motion for the free distribution of sanitary pads in schools. As many as 70 percent of school girls cannot afford these simple sanitary products, and thus miss school for a few days every month. Lawmaker Sebastian Kopulande pushed the measure after observing that free condoms are made available for boys, and questioned why simple and necessary products aren't the same for the girls. He also asked the ministry of finance to take off the taxes on pads and napkins and such to make them more affordable.