World AM News Briefs For Thursday, 6 June 2019
Hello Australia!! - The bloodshed grows in Sudan - An international megachurch leader is charged with molesting kids - Consequences for a cop who turned coward - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
Opposition activists say around 40 bodies have been pulled from the Nile River after Sudan troops cracked down on pro-democracy demonstrators. Some were shot, others beaten, others hacked with machetes. This group was allegedly killed by an elite paramilitary unit, and it raises the death toll to at least a hundred lives lost since Monday. The pro-democracy forces began sit in protests earlier this year and forced long-time President Omar al-Bashir to flee after 30 years in power. But the military has not heeded the call from the streets and has tried to stay in power while claiming there will be elections later.
An Indian military helicopter was thwarted by high winds before it could retrieve five bodies from the top of Nanda Devi, the tall Himalayan peak where Sydney mountaineer Ruth McCance and seven other climbers along with their famous guide disappeared last month. Hi-res photos showed rucksacks and other personal items. If the weather is good enough today, recovery teams will try to retrieve the bodies today.
California authorities arrested the head of a fundamentalist church that claims to have millions of members on charges of human trafficking, child rape and other felonies. Followers of Mexico's La Luz del Mundo ("Light of the World") consider Naason Joaquin Garcia to be an "apostle". US Feds consider him to be a creep who, with three adult female co-defendants, forced underage girls to perform sex acts for their entertainment, telling them that if they went against the wishes of "the Apostle" they would be going against God. The church issued a statement denying the allegations.
Denmark's Social Democrats are on track to win the national election, which would make party leader Mette Frederiksen the country's youngest-ever Prime Minister at age 41. Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen of the center-right Liberal Party, who has been in charge for 14 of the last 18 years, would be in opposition. The far-right Danish People’' party (DPP) dropped to less than ten percent, which less than half its score in the 2015 election.
Big surprise, not - Thailand lawmakers picked coup leader Prayuth Chan-ocha to be the new Prime Minister after what the government claims was a free election. Off course, the military junta appointed all 250 members of the Senate, so it's not like Prayuth's appointment was ever in doubt. Opposition leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit said, "Dictators cannot resist the wind of change forever," and vowed to redouble efforts to build the democracy movement.
Prosecutors charged the school cop who was seen hiding outside a tree while a former student was killing 17 people at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida last year. 56-year old Scot Peterson is charged child neglect, culpable negligence, and perjury for his alleged inaction and misleading account of the day. Peterson was sacked as a Broward County deputy, and would be the first US police officer to be convicted of this sort of cowardly, egregious dereliction if duty of the case goes against him.