World AM News Briefs For Monday, 8 July 2019
Good Morning Australia!! - Big promises but no delivery leads to a change in Greece - Iran shakes up the world with a new nuclear claim - The US women win the world cup - And much more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
Greece's sort-of Left-wing Syriza government has been voted out of government by the widest election margin since 1981, as voters returned power to the center-right New Democracy party. Leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis will likely be sworn in as PM very quickly. Syriza and its leader Alexis Tsipras were swept into power quite dramatically in 2015 atop boisterous promises to stand up to the European Union and put an end to crippling austerity, only to cave in dang near instantly and accept more EU-mandated budget cuts. New Democracy will have an outright majority, with Syriza as the main opposition; lesser parties including the far right Greek Solution and the Leftist Euro-reformist MeRA25 led by former Syriza economic guru Yanis Varoufakis grabbed a handful of seats, while the nazi scum Golden Dawn which caused so much trouble a few years ago appears to be frozen out.
Iran announced it has breached the level of uranium enrichment that was allowed in the JCPOA international nuclear agreement. By how much and for what purpose, Tehran did not specify. Deputy foreign minister Abbas Araqchi blamed European countries for caving in to US economic sanctions, which were put into force when Donald Trump withdrew the US from the deal a year ago. Europe and the rest of the world are urging restraint and expressing concern, but seem to be at a loss for their next move; the US is promising "maximum pressure", whatever that means The International Atomic Energy Agency said its inspectors in Iran will report to headquarters as soon as they verify the development.
The Defense Force is tracking a Chinese spy ship that is moving into position before the joint Australian/US Talisman Sabre war games on the Queensland coast later this month. The Type 815G Dongdiao-class electronic surveillance ship is expected to move just outside Aussie territorial waters. It's outfitted with advanced communications kit designed to eavesdrop on other militaries.
The British government will investigate how the Daily Mail tabloid newspaper got hold of sensitive memos in which the UK ambassador to Washington refers to Donald Trump's administration as "clumsy" and "inept", Ambassador Sir Kim Darroch said the White House was "uniquely dysfunctional" and "divided" under Donald Trump, and doubts it will ever get better. Tory party MPs have suggested that the leaker should be prosecuted, although some defended Sir Kim's opinions.
The US Women's National Soccer team won the FIFA World Cup in Lyon, France, beating the Netherlands 2-0. Megan Rapinoe, who has publicly feuded with President Donald Trump in the lead up to Sunday's win, scored one of those points with a penalty goal in the second half. The US team has also been vocal about wondering why they're not paid a smuch as the men's soccer team - US Progressive firebrand Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said that considering the Women's dominance, "We should demand they be paid at least twice as much."
Two Americans and a local man were gored in the first day of this year's Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain. Two other Spanish men suffered head injuries. Animal rights activists say the whole thing is idiotic and cruel, as the bulls are sent to the bullfighting ring to die after being run down a crowded stone street among a bunch of rowdy tourists (many of whom have been drinking).
Melania Trump's home village in Slovenia has erected a "statue" in her honor. The chainsaw sculpture is as unintentionally hilarious as you'd expect.