World AM News Briefs For Friday, 5 October 2018
Good Morning Australia!! - An FBI investigation fails to resolve American division - The world is risking another global financial crisis - The dictator who was un-pardoned - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
The US FBI has sent its report on Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to the US Senate, where Democrats are complaining that key witnesses where avoided and not interviewed. Republicans say the report shows no corroboration of the accusations against Kavanaugh. That could be because the FBI didn't interview Kavanaugh or his chief accuser Christine Blasey Ford, who said Kavanaugh tried to rape her in the 1980s; nor were two former classmates who've come forward to accuse Kavanaugh of lying under oath about his youthful drinking habits; nor was anyone interviewed who could have supported the stories of the three accusers. "The most notable part of this report is what's not in it," said California Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, "It looks to be the product an incomplete investigation that was limited; perhaps by the White House, I don't know."
Protesters flooded the halls of the US Senate office building to show their opposition to Kavanaugh, after the FBI report became news. Several arrests were made, including actor Amy Schumer. "Whose courts? Our courts!" they chanted, trying to put pressure on the four supposedly undecided senators before Saturday's vote on confirming Kavanaugh to a lifetime appointment to the highest court in the most powerful nation on earth. The one Democrat and three Republicans - including Jeff Flake of Arizona, who called for the FBI investigation after he was famously confronted in a senate elevator be a sexual assault survivor - will hold the key to the Kavanaugh nomination.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says the world is at risk of a another global financial meltdown. "The extended period of ultra-low interest rates in advanced economies has contributed to the build-up of financial vulnerabilities," the body said in its latest World Economic Outlook released overnight. What's more, the bailouts and quantitative easing used to deal with the 2008 economic crisis will not work to stop the next crash. The report also says growing protectionism is already starting adversely impact economies; and the threat of cyber attacks "pose challenges" for the world's central bankers and economic officials.
The US has charged seven Russian military intelligence officials over the alleged hacking of doping agencies and other organisations. The charges include attacks on the Hague-based Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), on world football's governing body FIFA, the US and global sports anti-doping agencies, and on the US nuclear energy company Westinghouse. "Nations like Russia and others that engage in malicious and norm-shattering cyber and influence activities should understand the continuing and steadfast resolve of the United States and its allies to prevent, disrupt and deter such unaccountable conduct," said US assistant attorney general for National Security John Demers. Yesterday, PM Scott Morrison joined the UK in accusing Russia of using cyber attacks to sew chaos in order to undermine Western democracies.
Peru's former right-wing populist dictator Alberto Fujimori is begging with the High Court and President Martin Vizcarra not to return him to prison because his "heart would not cope." The High Court yesterday reversed the pardon issued by former president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, who was ventually forced to resign in a vote-buying scandal with Fujimori's son in congress. The court ordered the 90-year old back to prison on his 2009 genocide and corruption conviction, but he's holed-up in a medical clinic claiming a bad heart.
Pakistan has ordered at least 18 international NGOs out of the country. One of them, the charity ActionAid, said the move was part of a "worrying escalation of recent attacks on civil society" including human rights and press freedom in Pakistan. NGOs have been viewed with increasing suspicion since it was discovered the US CIA ran a fake vaccination program in the country that was a cover for the search for Osama Bin Laden - who was killed by US Navy Seals at his Pakistna hideout.
A disbarred attorney in his mansion in a neighborhood of mansions in Florence, South Carolina used an assault weapon to open fire on police and sheriff's deputies serving a warrant against his son, who was suspected of sexually molesting a sibling. 52-year-old officer Terrence Carraway was killed at the scene and six more alw enforcement officers were wounded. Police eventually arrested 74-year old Frederick Hopkins after a couple of hours of negotiations.