World AM News Briefs For Monday, 17 June 2019
Good Morning Australia!! - How did the lights go out in South America? - Signs of meddling in other people's elections - A Prime Minister's wife now has a criminal record - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
South America is trying to climb out of a massive, widespread power outage that impacted 50 million people in five countries with interconnected grids: Almost all of the lights went out in Argentina, huge swaths of Uruguay and Paraguay were blacked out, and parts of southern Brazil and parts of Chile were also affected. "A massive failure in the electrical interconnection system left all of Argentina and Uruguay without power," read the statement from the power company Edesur, whose spokeswoman Alejandra Martinez described the power outage as "historic", adding that "nothing like this has ever happened". An initial investigation points to a fault in northern Argentina. Despite so many people losing their power, this actually missed the top ten largest power outages in the world by one spot.
More than two million protesters marched through Hong Kong to oppose the extradition bill that would make it easier to send dissidents to Beijing for trial, a bill that Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has suspended and for which is apologizing. This time, protesters didn't wear masks or overturn crowd barriers, and the police were on their best behavior. Last week's protests say violent clashes and several arrests. The difference is that Carrie Lam this time is vowing a more "sincere and humble attitude" towards public criticism. Many don't believe her; they want the bill to be withdrawn altogether, they want her to resign, and they say those arrested last week deserve to be freed.
The wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has admitted in court to misuse of state funds. Sara Netanyahu blew US$99,300 on outside catering while falsely declaring there were no cooks available at the PM's residence. Under the deal with prosecutors, she'll repay only about $15,000 but will have a criminal conviction on her record.
Russia mounted a "continued and sustained" campaign to spread disinformation prior to last month's European Union elections. "The number of disinformation cases attributed to Russian sources doubled as compared to the same period a year ago," according to EU Security Commissioner Julian King. The Russian aim was to "suppress turnout and influence voter preferences" and seemed to be more concentrated in countries where far-right parties had more traction.