World AM News Briefs For Thursday, 11 July 2019
Good Morning Australia!! - The US official who helped a billionaire pedophile also slashed anti-child trafficking funds - Britain's US ambassador steps down - PNG's Prime Minister vows to get the killers in a village massacre - What's killing Japan's Temple Deer? - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
The Red Cross hopes the village massacre in Papua New Guinea is "not the start of a trend". At least 22 people were hacked to pieces in some sort of tribal squabble, and the victims included pregnant women and children. This happened in the Munima and Karida villages in the constituency of Prime Minister James Marape, who referred to the massacre as "one of the saddest day(s) of his life". Mr. Marape also warned, "To all who have guns and kill and hide behind the mask of community, learn from what I will do to criminals who killed innocent people, I am not afraid to use strongest measures in law on you."
Australia is one of 22 countries to sign on to a letter to China to end the alleged mass incarceration of Uighur Muslims in the Xinjiang region. UN investigators and rights groups say China is holding about one million Uighurs and other Muslims in "vocational" camps designed to combat extremism; thousands of children have been put in boarding schools to learn the Beijing way of doing things, which critics say is erasing their ethnic identities. The letter was signed by ambassadors to the UN Human Rights Council - the US quit the council a year ago and thus is not a signatory.
US Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta held a lengthy news conference to say he's not quitting. Top Democrats and other critics say he needs to go because of his role in a sweetheart plea deal given to a billionaire child rapist when he was a federal prosecutor in 2007. That pedophile, Donald Trump associate Jeffrey Epstein, has now been hit with new child rape and child pornography charges. Even though Acosta's 2007 deal allowed Epstein to leave prison every day and go to work at his Florida office, Acosta paints himself as a hero who tried for stricter terms even though the public record suggests otherwise. Acosta failed to mention that since becoming Labor Secretary, he slashed 80 percent of the funding for his department's efforts to stop human trafficking and international child and forced labor.
UK Ambassador to the US Sir Kim Darroch has stepped down after his frank and honest assessments of Donald Trump's presidency became public with the publication of leaked memos in the Trump-aligned UK Daily Mail newspaper. Darroch advised the government of PM Theresa May that Trump was "inept" and the White House "dysfunctional", and that was the positive stuff. Once it got out, Trump's instinct for revenge kicked in, and he announced he would no longer work with the "wacky" and "very stupid" Sir Kim, who announced on Wednesday that "The current situation is making it impossible for me to carry out my role as I would like".
Prime Minister Theresa May - a short-timer herself - urged Darroch not to step down as he was scheduled to retire in December anyway. She praised Sir Kim for "a lifetime of service" to the United Kingdom and insisted that diplomatic staff must be able to give their "full and frank" advice to London. But Sir Kim appeared to lose the support of the man many expect to replace Theresa May as PM, Trump's pal Boris Johnson. And now Johnson's rivals are seizing on that to accuse him of throwing Sir Kim "under a bus". Whether this boosts Johnson's rival to lead the Tory party and become PM, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, remains to be seen.
Former UK Prime Minister John Major is threatening to go to court to stop Boris Johnson from shutting down Parliament to achieve a no-deal Brexit (which practically every calm head in the world is advising against). In a debate with Jeremy Hunt, Johnson threatened to go to the Queen to ask permission to prorogue Parliament - shutting it down without dissolving it - to push the exit from the European Union, now scheduled for October. Major says he'll demand a judicial review to protect the Queen from having to get involved with politics, which is not something she's supposed to do in the constitutional monarchy. Amazing how these people keep creating crises where none existed.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel again claimed she is fine after a third shaking episode in a month. She was seen shaking back and forth alongside Finland's prime minister during a ceremony in Berlin on Wednesday. After the incident, Mrs Merkel said she was "very well" and there was "no need to worry" and a spokesperson said there was "nothing to add". Merkel has in the past insisted she will serve out the remainder of her term, which comes to an end in 2021.
France is denying supplying rogue Libyan general Khalifa Haftar with arms, after a cache of Javelin missiles were found on a Haftar base. The US-made missiles were apparently marked as damaged as unusable. France has in the past denied assisting Haftar, who controls most of Libya while the UN-backed government is in control of a few cities on the coast.
There is a massive trash clean-up going on around the famous deer park in Nara, Japan, where nine deer recently died after eating so many plastic bags that they couldn't digest food. The Nara Deer Preservation Foundation released a photo of a horrifying three kilo block of plastic found inside one of the dead animals after a necropsy. The gentle Sika Deer have lived in the park outside the Todai-ji Buddhist Temple for years, being hand-fed sugar-free crackers by tourists and visitors. But the foundation says the Sika apparently sniff discarded cracker bags, decide there must be food inside, and eat the bags. The Sika are officially designated national treasures of Japan.
Chicago is not the native habitat for alligators, crocodiles, or caimans. But there's a big lizard swimming around the pond in Humboldt Park. The city has a reptile expert there trying to lure the chompy creature into what is described as a "humane trap", so it can be transported to one of the local zoos. Police speculate some idiot whose illegal exotic pet got too big dumped it in the Humboldt Park Lagoon.