World AM News Briefs For Monday, 8 October 2018
Good Morning Australia!! - China says it is detaining the head of Interpol - Saudi Arabia denies murdering a dissident journalist - Fears of time, patience, and willpower running out in the indonesian earthquake zone - And much more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
China confirms it is detaining Interpol chief the missing head of Interpol, Meng Hongwei, as "anti-corruption" officials investigate unspecified alleged breaches of Chinese law. Meng is based in Lyon, France and traveled to China last month, where is he also a vice-minister of public security in China. His wife said he sent her a text of only an emoji depicting a knife, which she interpreted as a sign he was in trouble. Critics allege that Chinese President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption has been a fig leaf over his drive to purge the government of rivals.
Saudi Arabia is denying murdering a dissident journalist in its consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. 59-year old Jamal Khashoggi is/was a columnist for the Washington Post who fled Saudi Arabia a year ago. He's also a prominent critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, whose ruthless consolidation of power in Saudi Arabia has caused alarm throughout the world. Turkish police are suggesting that Riyadh sent a hit squad who waited at the consulate for Mr. Khashoggi to come in and sign some forms; they then tortured him for days and killed him. The Saudis deny the allegations, and consulate officials invited the media in for a bizarre spectacle of opening the closets to prove there weren't any dead people inside. Seriously, they did that.
A limousine crash in upstate New York killed 18 members of a birthday party and two pedestrians. Police say the limo speeding down a hill in Scoharie, an area known for fall foliage tours, plowing into customers outside a country store for tourists.
At least eleven people after an earthquake struck Haiti's north shore. The magnitude 5.9 quake collapsed several buildings including a hospital in Port-de-Paix.
Indonesian officials say more than 5,000 people are unaccounted for after the earthquake and tsunami that hit the island of Sulawesi late last month, although fewer than 700 people are listed as officially missing. Other stats include at least 1,754 dead and another 2,549 injured. Rescue and recovery teams are growing weary as they dig through the rubble and find nothing but dead bodies. Some areas, such as Petobo and Balaroa, are so bad that officials are considering just declaring them "mass graves". This is not a popular idea among families with missing loved ones: "We're already angry," said 25-year-old local resident Dede Diman, "We don't agree with giving up. Even if they give up, we won't. We want to find our sister."
Germany's far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party is provoking again, starting a "Jews in the AfD" group - which has 19 members. The AfD has been roundly criticized for anti-Semitic statements from party leaders, and for playing down the Holocaust. "The AfD is a party that provides a home for hatred for Jews as well as the relativising, or even denial of the Holocaust," said Germany's Central Council for Jews, as protesters - which outnumber members of the AfD sub-group by about 12-to-1 - picketed outside the party's headquarters.
A Palestinian gunman killed two Israelis in the Barkan Industrial Park in the West Bank. The attacker, both fatalities, and a third injured person worked at a factory there. Because of his social media posts, police call it a terrorist attack and are searching for the gunman who had fled the scene.
The trial of Israel's first lady Sara Netanyahu is underway. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wife is charged with fraud and breach of trust for wasting more than AU$140,000 in taxpayer money on celebrity chefs at the prime minister's official residence. There was a full-time chef already on staff, but Ms. Netanyahu apparently didn't like him very much; transcripts of the police investigation showed she referred to the house staff with unprintable expletives. If convicted, she faces up to five years in prison.
A UK sandwich chain has had two customers die from food allergies to undisclosed ingredients. Pret-a-Manger was already under scrutiny after the case of 15-year-old Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, who was allergic to sesame and died on a flight after eating one of its baguettes bought at Heathrow airport. It has emerged that another customer in Bath died after eating a flatbread with supposed dairy-free yogurt which, in fact, contained dairy proteins. Pret blames the coconut milk supplier, the supplier says Pret didn't give it enough information to properly investigate.