World AM News Briefs For Monday, 6 August 2018
Good Morning Australia!! - Scores are dead in another Lombok earthquake - Did global warming cause a killer plane crash? - Malcolm frees up funds for Drought-stricken farmers - Venezuela's leader survives an assassination attempt - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
Another earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Lombok and was felt all the way to Bali, killing more than 82 people. The death toll kept increasing overnight and could get even worse as recovery officials fan out and survey the damage in the daylight. "All the hotel guests were running so I did too" said Australian tourists Michelle Lindsay in Bali, "People filled the streets." Images from the islands show that a lot of bricks and concrete collapsed, leaving the streets strewn with debris.
This 7.0 shaker comes a week after another tremor killed 16 people and injured dozens more on Lombok.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is blaming foreign elements for last night's failed assassination attempt. Drones packed with explosives struck near the reviewing stand where Maduro was speaking before a military event, injuring seven soldiers. The event was being televised live, and viewers at home saw Maduro and his wife look up to the sky where a blast had occurred with soldiers scattering a few moments later. Authorities arrested six suspects, and Maduro is promising "maximum punishment" for those convicted of the crime, while assuring that "Venezuela will continue to follow the democratic, independent and socialist path".
All 20 people aboard a vintage World War II aircraft died when it crashed into the Alps near Zurich, Switzerland. The passengers were tourists heading back to the city after a trip to southern torn of Locarno. Investigators believe the Junkers JU-52 HB-HOT - a former Swiss Air Force plane, not a nazi aircraft - hit Piz Segnas mountain at speed at a near vertical angle. Such an old airplane does not carry flight data recorders, but the cause might be determined from meteorological sources: "High temperatures can affect the performance of an aircraft," said Daniel Knecht from the Swiss safety investigation agency, "The aircraft has less power at the same altitude, you can feel it at the start or in a curve." Europe has been dealing with a nasty heatwave in recent days, one that the experts said was made more likely because of global warming.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced another AU$140 Million for farmers struggling through the drought. That brings the total amount of government funding to $576 Million. "Now we are the land of droughts and flooding rains, we recognize that," Mr. Turnbull said, "It's a very volatile and often capricious climate and Australian farmers are resilient, they plan for drought, they are good managers but it can become really overwhelming." Many are saying this is the toughest drought in eastern Australia in their lifetimes. "It appears that we are going into a dry spring and a tough summer," said Turnbull, "We hope the forecasts are proved wrong, but the prospects are not great at the moment."
South Sudan President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar signed yet another peace deal aimed at ending the five-year civil war. The pact has Mr. Machar returning to government as one of five vice-presidents. President Kiir says this deal will last because it had not been "forced on us" unlike previous deals.
A car bomb killed a scientist believed to be in charge of Syria's chemical weapons program. Aziz Asber was the head of a facility belonging to the government's Syrian Scientific Research Centre. A rebel group claimed responsibility, but there is speculation many others were involved.