World AM News Briefs For Monday, 15 April 2019
Good Morning Australia!! - An American faces Aussie justice - A far-right leader's weird Holocaust comments threaten his new friendship with Israel - A deadly Cassowary attack - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
An American man will be in court in Sydney on Monday, after being extradited to face murder allegations. Authorities charged 38-year old Alex Dion with the 2018 murder of Wachira "Mario" Phetmang, whose body was found was discovered by a truck driver last June bound, gagged, and wrapped in plastic, covered in a mattress protector. Police say Dion tried to blame the murder on an associate, even though he had fled Australia for California - with the victim's credit cards.
Brazil will go against the advice of its main environmental agencies and activists, and will go ahead with the auction of seven offshore oil fields in the northeast. "There is no need to explore these areas," said Carlos Rittl, executive secretary of environmental group Climate Observatory. "This decision is in line with a government that sees the environment as an obstacle." Brazil's environment institute IBAMA warned that that exploration of "highly sensitivity areas" could lead to spills directly threatening places like the Abrolhos islands, where a national park hosts rare coral formations, tropical fish, whales, seabirds, turtles, and dolphins.
Israel rebuked its new friend, Brazil's far-right president Jair Bolsonaro, after he said the Holocaust could be forgiven in remarks to Brazilian evangelicals last week. Israeli Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu - who is cultivating ties with far-right leaders and warmly welcomed Bolsonaro on a recent visit - did not speak. But President Rueven Rivlin and The World Holocaust Remembrance Center said it was not Bolsonaro's place to forgive the Holocaust.
Finland's Social Democratic Party claimed victory in the weekend elections with 17.8 percent of the vote, although the far-right Finns Party came in a close second with 17.6 percent. It's not a matter of which can build the largest coalition.
Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko held a debate with an empty podium after his rival Volodymyr Zelensky - a TV star and comedian - failed to appear. The two men agreed to debate, but on different dates. Zelensky, the front runner, wanted the debate held next Friday, two days before the run-off presidential election that could end Poroshenko's time in office.
A Cassowary has killed a Florida man whom authorities believe was trying to breed the extremely dangerous birds from Down Under. It's believed that 75-year old Marvin Hajos from Alachua County likely fell down in the animal's enclosure, and then the Cassowary - which can grow to 1.8 meters and weigh up to 60 kilos - set upon him with its formidable claws. "The cassowary involved remains secured on private property at this time," said a sheriff's spokesman.