World AM News Briefs For Thursday, 11 October 2018
Good Morning Australia!! - Floridians were not expecting Hurricane Michael to be as powerful as it is - China rationalizes its reeducation camps - A dictator's daughter is accused of corruption - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
China is dealing with criticism over its re-education centers for hundreds of thousands of ethnic Uighur Muslims by writing them into law. Thousands of Uighurs from the northwestern Xinjiang region have been forced into the centers, which Beijing now says "vocational training centers" which tackle extremism through "thought transformation" and the teaching of Mandarin Chinese, legal concepts, and provide vocational training. Sophie Richardson from Human Rights Watch said the "words on paper outlining grotesque, vast human rights abuses don't deserve the term 'law'". Uighur separatists, who consider themselves Turkic Muslims, want to break the Xinjiang region from China and form a new nation called "East Turkestan".
A massive hurricane is blasting through the Florida panhandle, a region that hasn't seen a powerful storm in decades. Hurricane Michael took the southeastern US by surprise by growing into a Category Four storm overnight, with sustained winds of up to 155 miles an hour - that makes it the fourth most-powerful storm ever to hit the continental US. Michael was a Cat-one when many people went to bed last night, meaning that a lot of people didn't take earlier storm warnings as seriously as they should have and they did not evacuate. The storm surge was at least two or three meters when it inundated coastal communities, while the wind tore several homes and buildings to pieces and uprooted trees.
Oh, and the Dow Jones plunged 831 points overnight, so good luck with that today, Australia.
Peru arrested politician Keiko Fujimori on corruption charges, and a court ordered her detained for ten days because she's a flight risk. Prosecutors say Ms. Fujimori, daughter of 1990s far-right dictator Alberto Fujimori, received illegal campaign contributions from Brazilian construction titan Odebrecht for her 2011 campaign. She denies the charges. Odebrecht is at the center of bribery investigations all around South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. The scandal has sunk Peru's last four heads of state. Last week, a court ordered the re-imprisonment of Alberto Fujimori, after overturning a political pardon.
A court in Guatemala sentenced former vice-president Roxana Baldetti to 15 years and six months in prison for embezzling for millions from a state fund set up to decontaminate a lake. Local media is welcoming the verdict as a blow against a culture in which the rich and powerful do what ever they want with impunity.
Poland's President Andrzej Duda has appointed 27 new Supreme Court judges. This is in defiance of the European Union which has referred Poland to the European Court of Justice over its judiciary policies. Critics say Poland's far right government move to force judges to retire is illegal, the ruling PiS party says it's necessary to rid the judiciary of Communist-era justices.
The Somali terrorist group Al Shabaab says it killed five men including three supposed US spies and one British Spy. The men were accused of attaching homing devices to the vehicles of terrorist leaders, allowing them to be more easily targeted by US drones. The identities of the men are not yet public, and the UK, US, and Somali governments have not yet commented.
Turkish media is running with CCTV images that purportedly show members of Saudi Arabian intelligence entering the country just before dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi went missing after entering the Saudi embassy in Istanbul on 2 October. Police allege that Mr. Khashoggi, a Washington post columnist and opponent of Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, never emerged from the embassy - at least on his own power. Unlike Khashoggi, the Saudis are seen again on CCTV, checking out of their hotels and leaving the country via the airport. Saudi Arabia denies doing anything to Khashoggi, including allegations of killing him and cutting him up to dispose of the body.