World AM News Briefs For Tuesday, 10 July 2018
Good Morning Australia!! - Boris Johnson quits the UK government over Theresa May's Brexit "consensus" - Thai divers rescue another four cave boys - The death toll from Japan's floods burst past 120 - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has quit the cabinet, following the exit of Brexit Secretary David Davis, both men dissatisfied with the long-awaited Brexit plan reached by Cabinet ministers at the PM's country resident Chequers over the weekend. In his resignation letter, Johnson wrote that the Chequers deal would relegate the UK to the "status of (an EU) colony"; and that Brexit "dream is dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt" because the deal calls for a "soft" exit from the European Union and proposes maintaining a 'UK-EU free-trade area'. Signalling that Johnson had initially agreed to the cabinet version, PM Theresa May on Monday released a statement saying she was "sorry and a little surprised" at Johnson's actions, but agreed that if he couldn't back the Chequers agreement, he needed to go. In other words, "good riddance".
UK Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn tweeted that the Cabinet's disarray over the Chequers Brexit plan showed she was "incapable of delivering"a workable plan and should step down. And then in Parliament, Jeremy said, "The Chequers compromise took two years to reach, and just two days to unravel," adding, "How can anyone have faith in the prime minister getting a good deal with 27 European Union governments, when she can't even broker a deal within her own Cabinet?" Corbyn said that the ministers who quit had "jumped the sinking ship".
SO: The UK is leaving the EU in March of next year, and the UK Tory government still has no blueprint on what even to ask for on the way out. But as of Monday night in London, there is no appetite for a leadership challenge within the Conservative party. If Johnson were planning on unseating Prime Minister Theresa May, he would need 48 fellow Tories at his back and they don't seem to exist. Ms. May tapped Brexit campaigner Dominic Raab to replace Mr. Davis, and appointed long-time ally Jeremy Hunt as the new foreign secretary.
Thai divers pulled another four boys out of the flooded Tham Luang Nang Non cave complex in the country's north. That leaves four boys and their coach still inside, waking up today after their 17th night trapped on a ledge four kilometers inside the cave system. Rescue mission commander Narongsak Osotthanakorn said that those rescued Monday were in better condition than those freed the previous day, but that all the boys rescued are well.
Flooding and landslides in central and western Japan have now claimed 126 lives, with 86 people still missing. Around two thirds of the deaths were in Hiroshima and neighboring Okayama prefectures in the country's west. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe cancelled an overseas trip to deal with the worst flood disaster since 1983. Several million people have been forced from their homes, and officials said the overall economic impact was not clear.
Ethiopia and Eritrea have declared their "state of war that existed between the two countries has come to an end". Leaders of the two countries signed a Joint Declaration of Peace and Friendship in the state house in Asmara, the capital of Eritrea. The agreement calls for Ethiopian access to Eritrean ports, and the resumption of telephone and airline service between the African neighbors.
The son of former South African President Jacob Zuma is out on $7,500 bail after being charged with corruption. Prosecutors say Duduzane Zuma was the middle man who brought the finance minister to a meeting with some shady billionaires who then proceeded to offer bribes to the government official. Duduzane Zuma's lawyer plan to fight the charges, and the next court date is in January of next year.
Hamas is accusing Israel of a "crime against the people of Gaza" for closing the Karam Abu Salem commercial border crossing. Starting Tuesday, only humanitarian items will be allowed in, including wheat flour and cooking gas. Israel blames Hamas for floating incendiary devices attached to kites over the border, which have crashed onto farmland and done US$2.5 Million to local agriculture. Hamas denies it and accuses Israel of "collective punishment" on all Gaza residents for the actions of a few.