World AM News Briefs For Monday, 25 March 2019
Good Morning Australia!! - Neither indicted nor exonerated, is the Mueller report a win for Trump? - Funny numbers plague Thailand's post-coup election - The cruise from hell is finally over - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
US Attorney General Bill Barr has released his interpretation of Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller's report into Russian influence on the 2016 presidential elections and Donald Trump's campaign, quoting Mueller himself saying it "does not conclude that (Trump) committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him". But the finding of the special prosecutor that there was no evidence to indict Trump now anyone around him for conspiracy will give the White House plenty to crow about in the coming days. Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani said the report was "better than I expected".
With the special counsel refusing to say one way or the other, Congressional Democrats will demand to see the underlying documents and the full Mueller Report - not just the interpretation of the Republican Attorney General. The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York said that the Justice Department "determined not to make a traditional prosecutorial judgment" and that Congress still needs to see the full report so that committees investigating Trump don't duplicate evidence. Prior to this, the Mueller probe has resulted in 34 indictments of individuals and three entities.
Thailand could announce the result of the weekend election on Monday, although the opposition is already throwing shade on the polling. The early numbers look like the pro-military party of coup d'etat leader Prayuth Chan-ocha is ahead, with 7.5 million votes over the 7 million of Pheu Thai - the party linked to the two previous democratically-elected PMs who were overthrown in coups. The local media complained of "unstable vote counts" - the Khaosod English news portal reporting that the vote count for parties fluctuated by a million within minutes. Throwing a curve ball into the whole thing, the regional Bhumjaithai Party appears to have come in third place after campaigning on full legalisation of Marijuana.
The troubled MV Viking Sky, operated by Viking Ocean Cruises, is finally safe in port after a harrowing experience for the more than 1,300 passengers, some of whom are Australian. The ships engines conked out in a brutal storm that tossed the giant vessel about in high waves, and the crew wasn't able to regain control until the ship came within 100 meters of running aground Norway's rugged coast - which would have been a complete disaster. More than 470 passengers were plucked off the ship in a series of helicopter rescues, and the remaining 900 disembarked at the port of Molde on Norway's west coast. Ultimately, more than 20 people were injured.
Theresa May once again managed to keep her job. As rumors swirled of a possible cabinet coup, two MPs named as potential leaders of a caretaker government - environment minister Michael Gove and deputy David Lidington - expressed their loyalty to Ms. May as UK Prime Minister. Or, maybe they just don't want the job amid the current Brexit mess. May spent the weekend holed up at Chequers with Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay, as well as brexiteers Gove, Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg. Meanwhile, the petition demanding the UK government cancel the Brexit and remain in the European Union has topped 5.1 million signatures.
Euronews has compiled the best signs from Saturday's anti-Brexit march in London.
Pig creates paintings to be used on famous pop art watches.