World AM News Briefs For Monday, 13 May 2019
Hello Australia!! - Australian Labor holds on - Iran's leader warns of hardship from US economic sanctions - Why does Alyssa Milano want women to stop having sex with men? - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
Days to go before the election on Saturday, and Labor is clinging to a winning lead over the coalition. The latest Newspoll says Labor leads by a 51 - 49 percent lead. At the same time, Bill Shorten is catching up with PM Scott Morrison as the better suited to be prime minister. Morrison had an equal number of people satisfied and dissatisfied with his performance. The Greens, One Nation, and United Australia Party are pegged at nine percent, four percent, and four percent respectively.
Gunmen in Burkina Faso murdered six people including a priest at a Catholic Church in the country's north. The attackers, said to number from 20 to 30, then set fire to the church and got away. This comes two days after French Special Forces freed four foreign hostages from an armed group not too far away in the west African country, just before the kidnappers were to turn them over to a jihadist group linked to Al Qaeda.
Iran's president is warning his people that new US economic sanctions will put the economy under "unprecedented" pressure. President Hassan Rouhani said the new situation is even worse than the country's 1980-88 war with neighbouring Iraq. "During the war we did not have a problem with our banks, oil sales or imports and exports, and there were only sanctions on arms purchases," Rouhani said in a speech to political activists. The US has ratcheted up pressure on Iran after claiming it has intelligence that Iran or its proxies were planning to strike at US troops in Syria and Iraq, and is moving military hardware int the area to point at Iran.
Actor and Activist Alyssa Milano is calling for a drastic protest of the state of Georgia's restrictive new anti-abortion law, signed into law by its far-right government last week. In a modern twist on the ancient Greek drama "Lysistrata" she's calling on women to withhold sex from men until they set things right. "Until women have legal control over our own bodies we just cannot risk pregnancy," she said in a social media post that led to the hashtag #sexstrike trending on twitter. The Georgia law is one of many being rammed through by far-right Republican majorities in rural states; the so-called "heartbeat" law forbids abortion after a fetal pulse can be detected by what eventually develops into a heart. At six weeks of fetal development, that's before most women even realize that they are pregnant say critics.
An airline pilot in Myanmar is being praised for a skillful emergency landing without nose gear. Myanmar National Airlines Flight UB103 from Yangon touched down at Mandalay International on its rear wheels, and scraped its way to the end of the runway - All 82 passengers and seven crew members aboard the Brazil-made Embraer 190-LR were declared safe.