World AM News Briefs For Monday, 22 February 2016
Good Morning Australia!! - Islamic State lashes out with bombings in Syria, scores are killed - Why is there no school and no water in New Dehli? - The worst of America, wrapped up into one mass shooting - Mourning a good man who defied the conventional Cold war wisdom - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
Suspected Islamic State bombers killed around 120 people in Syria: In Homs, a double car bombing targeted members of the Alawite Sect of President Bashar al-Assad, killing at least 57 people mostly, civilians. In the southern Damascus suburb of Sayyida Zeinab, state media says four blasts occurred in a predominantly Shiite area, causing at least 50 deaths. Meanwhile, government troops backed by Russian air strikes killed at least 50 Islamic State fighters near Aleppo.
Authorities in Iraq finally located a a cache of dangerous radioactive material that went missing late last year - it was found intact, dumped near a petrol station. "After initial checking I can confirm the device is intact 100 percent and there is absolutely no concern of radiation," said Basra security chief Jabbar al-Saidi. Security officials feared that Islamic State could gain hold of the isotopes, which are used to check the integrity of oil pipes, and use them in a "dirty bomb".
IS is claiming responsibility for an attack on a Hindu temple in Bangladesh. 45-year old priest Jogeswar Roy was beheaded and two followers were shot and wounded. Although Bangladesh claims Islamic State is not active in the country, the group carried out two other deadly attacks late last year.
Schools and other institutions are closed in New Dehli, India today, because of caste violence. Members of an upper-caste group, the Jat, attacked and damaged water systems feeding the capital city during protests over fears they're being frozen out of civil service jobs because of a quota system they say favors lower castes. At least nine people have been killed in the violence.
Onlookers cheered on as a fire raged through a building earmarked for refugees in eastern Germany. Flames chewed through the roof of the old hotel in the village of Bautzen, which workers had been converting into housing for some of the hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants who've arrived in Germany in the past year or so. Some onlookers tried to stop firefighters from doing their jobs, which the local governor said was "criminal". This wasn't all that far Clausnitz, where vile xenophobes and racists surrounded a bus of refugees and chanting nationalist slogans while refusing to allow it to move for two hours.
The UK cabinet has split over continued membership in the European Union. Justice Secretary Michael Gove says Britain would be "freer, fairer, and better off outside the EU", defying Prime Minister David Cameron's position to stay in. Mr. Cameron - who just returned from Brussels with a deal that would guarantee UK autonomy within the EU - argued that the UK is "better, safer, and stronger" within the continental economic and political alliance. But four other cabinet members followed Gove to back the Leave campaign, along with conservative London Mayor and political sight-gag Boris Johnson (who would really love Cameron's job).
Police arrested a man for a series of random shootings in Kalamazoo, Michigan that killed six people outside chain restaurants and car dealerships. But the weirdest part was that the alleged shooter, 45-year old Jason Dalton, was an Uber driver - and he occasionally paused his killing spree to take on fares. One woman hit social media with her fiance's harrowing account of getting picked up by Dalton, who then careened in and out of traffic before slowing down so the man could jump out and run for his life.
Nicaragua is mourning the death of Father Fernando Cardenal, who reduced the country's illiteracy rate as Education minister to the Sandanista government in the 1980s. A Jesuit champion of Liberation Theology, Father Fernando defied cold warrior Pope John Paul II who ordered him to leave the Sandanista government, arguing that he would "be committing a grave sin" by abandoning a post committed to the poor. Father Fernando reduced the 50-90 percent illiteracy rate from before the Sandanista Revolution to just 13 percent by the time he left government in 1990. Father Fernando was kicked out of the Jesuits for his trouble, although he was reinstated in the 1990s and went on to lead a Catholic education group that furthered his work in Nicaragua. His brother is Ernesto Cardenal, another former Sandanista. Father Fernando was 82 years old and died after complications from surgery performed two weeks ago.