World AM News Briefs For Thursday, 22 August 2019
Hello Australia!! - Trump picks a fight with an ally - Bolsonaro spins a conspiracy theory to blame his enemies - Castro's Croc takes a bite - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
Kind of a breaking news/great video thing - No serious injuries are reported among the ten people aboard a private jet that crashed and burned at the Oroville, California airport north of Sacramento. The plane plopped down in the dry grass and burned and burned some more. Luckily, it didn't set off a grass fire.
Donald Trump unnecessarily escalated his feud with ally Denmark, another drama of his own creation. After cancelling his planned visit to Denmark because it wouldn't sell Greenland to the United States, Trump on Wednesday derided Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen as "nasty" because she had called his Greenland proposal "absurd". Which it is. "Nasty" is an insult that Trump reserves for Women, using it to refer to Hillary Clinton, Meghan Markle the Duchess of Sussex, as well as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and others. Denmark has been a strong a loyal ally to the US, losing 43 troops top the US war in Afghanistan and seven in Iraq.
Brazil's far-right president Jair Bolsonaro is blaming environmental NGOs for setting the fires that are devastating the Amazon Rainforest, claiming the locations of the blazes are "strategic" to make him and his government look bad. Bolsonaro is a climate change denier and earlier this month fired the head of the agency that monitors forest clearing for revealing that the pace of tree cutting has picked up since he took office. The hashtag #PrayForAmazonas flew to the top of the trending list on Wednesday, and there are signs nations are reconsidering their relationship with Brazil - Norway and Germany cancelled their Amazon protection subsidies because Bolsonaro turned his back on the fight against deforestation in favor of mining and agriculture.
Displaying South Africa apartheid-era flag constitutes hate speech that discriminates against black people and violates equality laws, according to the new ruling from an SA court. This comes in response to the complaint brought by the Nelson Mandela Foundation after white nationalist groups flew the old flag to protest against attacks and killings of white farmers. The ruling does not ban the display of the apartheid-era flag but confines it to artistic and journalistic displays.
An Iran-backed militia in Iraq claims the US used Israeli drones to targets its bases in a series of explosions in recent weeks. The Popular Mobilization, which is dominated by Shia militias, says that the force would use "all means at its disposal" to prevent and deter future attacks. At least one of the mysterious explosions had previously been blamed on hot weather and the poor storage of munitions. The US and Israel have not commented.
An Indian security officer was killed in a gunfight with a suspected militant in Kashmir region the first known such incident that has happened since Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced his government would pull the predominantly-Muslim region's semi-autonomous status earlier this month. Kashmir has been blacked out since the announcement because the Indian government immediately clamped down and cut off the Internet to try and thwart separatist attacks before they happen.
A Cuban Crocodile that used to belong to Fidel Castro bit a guy when, for whatever reason, he stuck his arm into the croc's enclosure at the Skansen Aquarium in Stockholm, Sweden. The Aftonbladet newspaper reported that the man was giving a speech at the time of the incident. Castro gave two crocodiles to Soviet Cosmonaut Vladimir Shatalov in the late 1970s, and they quickly grew too large and dangerous to be housepets. Eventually they were re-gifted to the Swedish facility, where they spent the last 40 years not biting people until this week. The croc's offspring have been repatriated to Cuba to repopulate the rare species.