World AM News Briefs For Monday, 14 January 2019
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A senior member of Saudi Arabia's ruling family is warning Donald Trump not to end the US military presence in Syria. Prince Turki al-Faisal - who is no longer a member of the Saudi government, but more than likely speaking with the government's viewpoint - said that a US vacuum would further entrench Iran, Russia, and the rule of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. This comes just as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo began a visit to Riyadh.
The European Union is preparing to push the Brexit back to July instead of March, because it appears apparent that British Prime Minister Theresa May is going to lose the parliamentary vote on approving her plan to leave the continental economic and diplomatic alliance. And a senior EU official said that extension could be stretched out even further if it looks like Ms. May will face an early election, or a second referendum to give the British public a chance to end the Brexit madness once and for all. The UK Parliament vote on May's plan is scheduled for Tuesday.
Venezuela says that "rogue police officers" were wrong to detain opposition leader Juan Guaido for about an hour over the weekend. The ultra-conservative National Assembly leader Guaido was driving to a campaign rally when agents stopped him, sacked his car, and allowed him to leave. This didn't happen without an impetus: Guaido had pronounced that he was ready to "assume" the country's presidency without an election, a day after Democratically-elected President Nicolas Maduro was sworn into his second term; Maduro dismissed Guaido's comments as a "show". Brazil's new far-right government has for some reason recognize Guaido is Venezuela's leader, despite the complete lack of any election to justify that.
Former Italian Leftwing guerilla Cesare Battisti is likely to be deported to Italy after being arrested trying to escape Brazil's far-right government by crossing the border into Bolivia. Battisti had been convicted in Italy in 1979 of belonging to the outlawed Armed Proletarians for Communism, and in 1981 he escaped from prison. Italy subsequently tried and convicted him in absentia of four murders, which Battisti denies. He lived in exile in Brazil, but the two new governments - both far-right wing - cooperated on sending him back to begin serving life sentences.
At least 21 workers are dead after a roof collapse on a coal mine in northern China. Rescuers plucked 66 survivors out of the Lijiagou mine near the city of Shenmu in Shaanxi province, and the cause is under investigation.
A regional group is calling for a unity government to take the reigns in the DR Congo, following the disputed presidential election. One opposition candidate was declared the winner, but another said the voting was rigged and is challenging the outcome. The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is calling on the DR Congo to recount the votes while a coalition of major parties governs to promote peace.
The junior partner in Greece's government has quit over the deal to resolve a 27-year dispute over the name Macedonia. The country just north of Greece last week agreed to change its name to "North Macedonia" so that it would be clear it has no territorial ambitions. But angry Greek nationalists somewhat irrationally demand that only Greece's northern province can use the name Macedonia. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras says he will call a confidence vote, and if he loses he could be forced to call early elections. Tsipras also plans to push legislation to boost pensions and the minimum wage, linking those issues to is continued presence in the PM's office.
A major scientific body is stripping its honorary titles from a pioneer in DNA studies because of his comments about race. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory said the lifetime of comments made by now 90-year-old American scientist James Watson were "unsubstantiated and reckless". Watson, two others, discovered DNA's double helix structure in 1953 and was awarded a Nobel in 1962. But he often repeated a specious and incorrect view that genes cause a difference on average between blacks and whites on IQ tests, and in a recent documentary revealed he did not renounce his racism as he claimed in 2007. James Watson is now largely ostracized from the scientific community, and is confined to a nursing home after a car wreck.