World AM News Briefs For Monday, 8 April 2019
Hello Australia!! - A quiet but important first for Cuba - Netanyahu makes a dangerous promise - Fighting in Libya heats up - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is vowing to annex Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank if he is re-elected, which has Palestinians and their supporters crying foul. Netanyahu's pledge comes just before Tuesday's elections in which his far-right Likud party is in a tight race with the center-right Blue and White Alliance. Palestinian foreign minister Riad Malki says Netanyahu will face "a real problem" should he try to make good on his election promise, which would effectively end Israel's pursuit of a two-state solution. The Israeli settlements in Palestinian lands are considered illegal in international law; Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said, "the Israeli general elections cannot and will not change this fact."
The US has "temporarily" pulled some of its forces out of Libya, leaving by hovercraft. This is because the Western-backed government in Tripoli is fighting an offensive brought on by Russia- and Egypt-backed forces from the east led by General Khalifa Haftar. At least 21 people have been killed and 90 are wounded in fighting south of the capital. Both sides are ignoring calls from the international community to kindly knock it off. India also evacuated a small contingent of peacekeepers.
It could be that someone is getting way too far ahead of the situation, but the UK is beginning to issue new passports that do not mention the European Union. Home Secretary Sajid Javid claimed that it is "sensible and efficient management", despite the fact that the UK hasn't actually left the EU and is actively seeking another delay to the Brexit to get its act together. Some passport centers there have yet to run out of their old stock of EU-branded passports, and are still giving those to applicants.
Rwanda mourned its dead on the 25th anniversary observation of the genocide that killed 800,000 people. President Paul Kagame - who led a rebel force that ended the slaughter - said, "What happened here will never happen again."
About 400 animal rights demonstrators marched through Havana, Cuba - a signal that slowly, the Communist island is loosening its grip on non-official public demonstrations. The state-run local media didn't cover it, but neither did the police and security forces stop it. And that's a big break from the previous 60 years. "It's unprecedented," said Alberto Gonzalez, an organizer of the march and publisher an online Cuban animal-lovers magazine, "This is going to mark a before and an after." Despite being a Leftist country, Cuba has no laws against animal abuse and individual Cubans take it upon themselves to feed, spay, and neuter streets dogs and cats.
A suspected Rhino poacher has been trampled by an Elephant and his remains eaten by Lions in South Africa. "Entering Kruger National Park illegally and on foot is not wise," said a park official, "It holds many dangers and this incident is evidence of that." The poacher's accomplices told his family about the Elephant, but a search party found only a human skull and a pair of pants and other signs that Lions had scavenged the scene. Poaching has been an ongoing problem in Africa's wildlife parks, as the local economies tend to be awful and Elephant Ivory and Rhino Horn sell for exorbitant prices on the Chinese and Southeast Asian black markets.