World AM News Briefs For Thursday, 8 August 2019
Hello Australia!! - Canadian Cops find the killers of NSW's Lucas Fowler - A frosty welcome for Trump - 3-1/2 years of Macri leaves half of Argentina's children in poverty - And more in yourCareerSpot Global News Briefs:
Royal Canadian Mounted Police say they found the bodies of fugitives Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmelgesky in rugged bushland outside the town of Gillam, Manitoba, the last place the murder suspects were last seen - it's only nine kilometers from the place where cops found the burned out Toyota Rav4 they were believed to have been using and close to where a damaged boat with some of their belongings was discovered on the Nelson River. "At this time, we are confident that these are the bodies of the two suspects wanted in connection with the homicides in British Columbia," RCMP Assistant Commissioner Jane MacLatchy said. It may never be known why the teens murdered Australian Lucas Fowler and his American girlfriend Chynna Deece last month. They were also charged with killing Vancouver University professor Leonard Dyck.
Donald Trump visited the two cities traumatized by mass shootings, although he wasn't entirely welcomed in either Dayton, Ohio or El Paso, Texas. He mostly stayed out of the public's view in Dayton in the morning, choosing to visit some of the survivors of the shooting outside a bar in hospital as well as some of the first responders. The Mayor of Dayton and some Democratic officials met with him and urged greater gun control measures. Back at the scene where a young gunman with an AR15 assault weapon killed nine people before he was shot dead by police, protesters decried lawmakers in thrall to the NRA for blocking legislation that might have made it more difficult for the gunman to get a military-style weapon.
Trump was just arriving in El Paso as Australia woke up this morning. The protests there are more intense because the gunman who killed 22 back-to-school shoppers at a Walmart directly quoted Trump's anti-immigrant white nationalist rhetoric. El Paso's US Congressman Beto O'Rourke - a Democratic Party candidate for president - refused to meet with Trump and instead stood with the protesters.
One of every two children in Argentina is living below the poverty line, according to the South American country's National Institute of Statistics, a sign that conservative President Mauricio Macri's pro-market "reforms" simply are not working. The childhood poverty rate of 50 percent represents five million Argentine children, one million of whom are homeless, and a 20 percent increase over the point when progressive former President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner left office. The overall poverty rate is at 49.3 percent, an eleven percent boost over last year. An earlier study from the Catholic Church put the Argentine poverty rate a little higher at 51 percent on Macri's watch.
Pakistan is downgrading relations with India after the Indian government stripped the Kashmir region of its special status. Pakistan, which also claims part of the mountainous and predominately Muslim region, plans to expel India's ambassador and suspend bilateral trade in retaliation. India's decree mean Kashmir would no longer be able to write its own laws.
Time to dust off the giant Buddha at the famous Todaiji Temple in Nara, Japan.