World AM News Briefs For Thursday, 23 May 2019
Hello Australia!! - The US loses a big one on the world stage - An Uber driver is allegedly a war criminal - Is there a rapist in New Zealand's Parliament? - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
The United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution demanding the UK return the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean back to Mauritius, which says it was forced to give up the islands in 1975 in exchange for its independence from British colonialism. This major diplomatic blow to the UK and US passed 116 to six - Australia voted with the US and UK. The US is also a loser in the vote, because the UK leases the Diego Garcia military base to US forces. It has been a key launching point for many of the most important missions in the Western war on terror, for better or worse. "The joint UK-US defence facility on the British Indian Ocean Territory helps to keep people in Britain and around the world safe from terrorism, organised crime and piracy," read a statement from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office. It is highly unlikely that the UK will actually do this, but it shows where the international community rests on this issue.
Mauritius was the first African country to be declared Malaria-free in 1973. Now after more than four decades, Algeria is the second country on the continent to earn that distinction. The UN World Health Organization also declared Argentina Malaria-free, meaning that no one in either country was infected with the mosquito-borne disease for the past three years. WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom said both countries achieved this by "ensuring no-one was left behind in getting the services they needed to prevent, detect and cure the disease".
Italian prosecutors said a teenage girl killed her drunken, abusive, ex-boxer father in self-defense and ordered her released from home confinement. They initially charged 19-year old Deborah Sciacquatori with voluntary manslaughter, but that is dropped as likely will be a lesser charge. The investigation determined that 41-year old Lorenzo Sciacquatori came home drunk and beat his daughter; she fought back and eventually stabbed him with a kitchen knife. The case has highlighted domestic abuse in Italy, which critics say authorities do not take seriously.
A US Court has ordered an ex-Uber driver to pay US$500,000 to the man he tortured in Somalia's civil war in the 1980s. Yusuf Abdi Ali has been kicked off of the Uber and Lyft ride-hailing apps, where customers apparently gave him good reviews. But Ali was known as "Colonel Tukeh" during the war, and allegedly shot Farhan Mohamoud Tani Warfaa after his soldiers beat and tortured the man; Warfaa got a lawyer and sued in US civil court. Ali is not convicted of a crime in the US or in Somalia, and State Department is now determining if he will be allowed to stay.
New Zealand parliamentarians really would like to know if there's a rapist working in their midst. House speaker Trevor Mallard told Radio NZ that an internal revue determined that the subject was involved in the three incidents and that it was likely they still worked in parliament. "We’re talking about serious sexual assault. Well that, for me, that's rape," Mallard said, "Reading the report carefully I get the sense that the man is still on the premises." Deputy PM Winston Peters says the man does not appear to be an MP, but lawmakers are demanding clarification.
It wouldn't be Los Angeles without the occasional insane police chase. A 52-year old woman with two big dogs on her lap stole a camper van and led cops on a chase through the San Fernando Valley, crashing into cars and buildings, injuring other people, and tearing up the RV. One of the dogs said, "nuts to this," and jumped out in the middle of the chase while the other one accompanied the driver until the end. Both doggos are okay, but Julie Ann Rainbird faces some serious jail time.