World AM News Briefs For Monday, 10 July 2017
Good Morning Australia!! - Cardinal Pell returns to Australia - Iraqi celebrates a big victory over IS - Malcolm talks about what he wished would have happened at the G20 - Trump wants to put a fox in charge of a hen house - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
Cardinal George Pell is back on Australian soil, flying into Sydney for the time after a few years of serving as the Vatican's finance chief. Pell will face multiple historical sexual abuse charges in Victoria later this month. Fairfax media reports he left the airport via a separate door as the regular passengers, and was whisked away by waiting vehicles.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory over the so-called Islamic State in Mosul, after a bitterly-fought battle for control of the country's second largest city. Al-Abadi traveled to Mosul on Sunday to formally reclaim the devastated city and congratulate "the heroic fighters and the Iraqi people on the achievement of the major victory" - Those fighters included Iraqi troops, Shiite militias, and the Kurdish Peshmerga. But Mosul has largely been reduced to rubble after nine months of fighting which killed thousands and scattered a million former residents. It was the last major piece of real estate held by IS three years after declaring its "caliphate".
Hundreds of thousands of Turks completed a 450-kilometer long "March for Justice" from Ankara to Istanbul in opposition to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's authoritarian crackdown. This culminated in a giant rally in which they decried the mass dismissals of teachers, police, and government officials as well as extra-judicial imprisonments that followed last year's failed coup. This was the biggest show of opposition to Erdogan since the Gezi Park disturbances in 2014; although Erdogan falsely condemned the marchers as "terrorists", the government seemed careful not to directly confront the march and rally.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is looking at closer economic ties with Europe in the coming years. During a visit with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysees Palace in Paris, Mr. Turnbull said that the EU and Oz could sign a free trade agreement by 2019. The two men also insisted "the largest and most ambitious military project in Australia's history" - the construction of a dozen next-generation submarines in a joint venture in Adelaide - will be underway by 2021, with the first subs going into service in 2030. "The future submarine project is a generational, a multi-generational project," Mr. Turnbull said. "It is a national enterprise. And it is one where we are working together, our two nations side-by-side as our forebears did so long ago," he added.
Mr. Turnbull also rehashed the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany which ended on Saturday. Expressing his disappointment that the nations left without formally condemning North Korea nuclear program and successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), he insisted that "nobody around that table was defending the North Koreans, in terms of their conduct"; and that Pyongyang's only friend in the world Beijing has the "greatest leverage and hence the greatest responsibility" to convince North Korea to get it together.
The US delegation to the G20 led by Donald Trump isolated itself from the rest of the world not only by rejecting the Paris Climate Accord, but as we're learning now through sheer incompetence. A press release following the orange clown's meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping referred to him as president "of the Republic of China" - in fact, Mr. Xi is President of the People's Republic of China.
Earlier, the White House had labelled Shinzo Abe president of Japan - he is in fact the Prime Minister. And a picture posted on Trump's Instagram account misidentified Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong as Indonesian President Joko Widodo.
And YES, you did sense a pattern there.
Trump's idea to form a new cyber security alliance with the Kremlin is getting a lot of criticism from his own Republican party in Washington, DC. Senator Lindsey Graham said it was "pretty close" to "the dumbest idea" he's ever heard. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida compared Trump's hare-brained plan to putting Syria's Bashar al-Assad in charge of a chemical weapons detection unit. And former GOP presidential candidate Sen. John McCain deadpanned, "I am sure that Vladimir Putin could be of enormous assistance in that effort since he's doing the hacking."
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is praising the release of opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez from prison. The Supreme Court sprung Lopez after three years of a 14 year sentence for inciting deadly violence because of unspecified medical issues. President Maduro said he "respected" and "supported" the Supreme Court's decision, but called for "a message of peace and rectification" in the country which has been rocked by protests whipped up by the conservative opposition.