World AM News Briefs For Monday, 21 Oct 2019
Good Morning Australia!! - Where the Greens are making history - Trump backs off a plan critics say was a crime - Chile backs off the policy that caused days of riots - and more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
Chilean President Sebastian Pinera withdrew the subway fare hike that sparked days of protests in the capital Santiago, but the unrest continues: At least three people are dead after a fire and looting at a supermarket, and troops are patrolling the streets of Santiago for the first time since the return of democracy to the country in 1990. Police say more than 300 people have been arrested, while eleven civilians and 156 officers have been injured in clashes.
Protesters crowded the streets of Beirut, Lebanon for a fourth night, for largely the same reasons as the unrest in Chile, and earlier in Ecuador and France: This time, the government wanted to slap a tax on internet phone calls over apps such as WhatsApp and others. As in the other countries, people already stretched beyond the limit had enough and hit the streets. The economic crisis has exposed the widening chasm of inequality, and most of Beirut's protesters are demanding the government step down, while others are calling for all-out revolution.
Switzerland's two Green parties made historic gains at the expense of those to the right and the left in the Alpine country's parliamentary elections. If the Left-wing Greens, the centrist Liberal-Greens, and the Social Democrats can strike a deal they will have enough votes to unseat the anti-immigration Swiss People's Party from control of government. The issues of the weekend election were clear: Instead of looking down at Europe or immigrants, voters looked up at the melting glaciers which are slowly disappearing as the Earth's climate warms. "People want a more environmentally-friendly policy and the result of the vote should also be reflected in the government," said Green Party president Regula Rytz.
Donald Trump decided not to commit a felony after all, and announced late Saturday night that next year's Group of Seven (G7) summit would not be held at his Trump National Doral golf course in Miami. Critics from across the board pointed out that awarding such an event to his own golf course was a flagrant violation of the Emouments Clause of the US Constitution, which specifically prohibits the president from personally profiting from government business. In a widely lambasted tweet, Trump blamed Democrats and the Media for the change of heart.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson sent a letter to the EU requesting a delay to the Brexit from 31 October to the end of January. This, which he once said he would rather be "dead in a ditch" than have to do, was mandated upon him by Parliament over the weekend. But Johnson didn't sign the letter, and sent a second letter with it explaining why he thinks it's a bad idea. Labour is pushing its demand for a new plebiscite on the Brexit that will allow the public to have the last word on approving Boris' Brexit deal, or to call the whole thing off and remain in the Europe Union.