World AM News Briefs For Thursday, 18 July 2019
Howdy Australia!! - Ebola is now a global problem - Journalists defeat Erdogan's persecution - Italy's newest hero is a Bear - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
The UN World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the DR Congo Ebola Outbreak to be a global health emergency. More than 1,600 people have died, mostly in the Democratic Republic of Congo but also three in Uganda last month. WHO has declined to declare such an emergency three times before, but the catalyst for this change was Ebola's appearance in the city of Goma with its population of around two million people. Thousands of people pass through Goma every day on the way to and from neighboring Rwanda.
Meanwhile, Uganda is again dealing with the Ebola threat from its neighbor DR Congo. A woman who worked in a fish market in Mpondwe on the border displayed symptoms of the killer viral infection last Thursday, before returning to DR Congo and dying from Ebola. Now, health officials are trying to track down everyone she came in contact with. The Ebola virus can easily by killed with a little bleach in water, but that's outside the human body. Spread person-to-person by bodily fluids, it causes a hemorrhagic fever that decimates the body's defenses, leading to death within a few days.
A US Judge sentenced Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to life plus 30 years in prison for importing tons of drugs into the US. Known for escaping prison twice in his native Mexico, El Chapo will more than likely be sent to a Super-Max prison built on the side of a Colorado Mountain that is considered to be escape-proof.
A Colombian drug smuggler was busted at the Barcelona Airport in Spain with a kilo of cocaine hidden - very, very poorly - under his toupee.
Typhoon Danas is expected to hit Taiwan's Yilan county today. Although not the largest storm to come along it's the first one of the season and more than 2,000 people have been evacuated from its path.
A Turkish court acquitted two journalists and a human rights campaigner of terrorism charges. The government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused them of spreading terrorist propaganda because of their work with a Kurdish newspaper which has since been shut down. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) says Erdogan's Turkey is one of the worst jailers of journalist, ranking 157th out of 180 countries for Media Freedom.
A Turkish diplomat was one of two people shot to death at a restaurant in Irbil, Iraq, in the northern predominantly Kurdish region. Erdogan condemned the "heinous attack". The Kurdish Worker's Party (PKK) denies any knowledge of the shooting.
Prosecutors dropped sex assault charges against actor Kevin Spacey, after the teenage complainant claimed to have lost a mobile phone that was considered a key piece of evidence.
Italy is hunting a fugitive bear likened to a Marvel Comics superhero because of his escape from a pen ringed with not one, not two, but three electric fences - AND a four meter wall. This is going on in the Alpine Trentino Region in the north. The government has given hunters permission to shoot the bear known as M49, but animal rights campaigners are spreading the hashtag #fugaperlaliberta - "escape for freedom" in Italian.