World AM News Briefs For Tuesday, 11 July 2017
Good Morning Australia!! - Trump's son lawyers up after being caught in a questionable meeting with a connected Russian - Malcolm visits London - South Korean researchers find startling evidence of a major human rights tragedy - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says Yemen's cholera outbreak is spiraling "out of control". The death toll is around 1,700 with 300,000 known or suspected infections, and 7,000 new infections every day. Yemen's health, water, and sanitation systems have collapsed after two years of civil war between Saudi-backed government forces and Iran-backed Houthi rebels.
Donald Trump's son is offering shifting explanations for his meeting with a Russian attorney during last year's election campaign. When the New York Times on Saturday broke the story of the meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya, Donald Jr. claimed the subject was adoption and US economic sanctions on Russia. But the Times then reported that the lawyer was offering to pass on detrimental information about his father's election opponent Hillary Clinton. Admitting the meeting took place, Junior claims the lawyer lured him in with the Clinton angle and changed the subject to adoption. Oh yeah, the lawyer has close ties to Russian president Vladimir Putin.
Now that it seems apparent that Junior was willing to work with a foreign entity to gather information that might sway a US election, it undercuts the elder Trump's long held assertion that he didn't collude with the Russians to undermine the election. The Trump camp insists no meaningful information came from the meeting. But the US Senate Intelligence committee is reporting interested in questioning Junior, and Trump Jr. has quickly hired criminal defense lawyer Alan Futerfas to represent him in connection with investigations into Russia.
Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko is asking NATO for a path to membership. Poroshenko hosted NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who said that welcoming Ukraine would be up to the 29 alliance members. Kiev faces major roadblocks into NATO because of Pro-Russian and Kremlin-backed separatists in the eastern part of the country, and the implications this would have on the mutual defense agreement at the heart of the alliance.
Visiting London, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Australia is ready to sign a free trade agreement with the UK as soon as the Brexit is complete. "we don't muck around," said Mr. Turnbull, "We will move as quickly as the UK is able to move." British Prime Minister Theresa May the UK and Australia were "investors in each other's success". The two also talked about terrorism and security, and visited the site of the 3 June terrorist attack near London Bridge during which eight people were killed, including 21-year old Sara Zelenack of Australia.
Hungary's screwball RWNJ government has spent the equivalent of AU$28.5 Million on propaganda posters to vilify George Soros. The Hungarian-born billionaire investor became a bogeyman to the far-right because of his funding of education and promotion of human rights, which frequently gets in the way of xenophobic, nationalist governments.. such as Hungary's. The posters urge readers to oppose resettling of immigrants from Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia with the slogan, "Don't let George Soros win!" The government denies anti-Semitism is part of the propaganda, even though anti-Semitic graffiti is not being cleaned off of the posters.
South Korea has released what is believed to be the first known footage of "comfort women", who were kidnapped from their homes and forced to work in brothels to service occupying Japanese soldiers during World War II. The footage was shot by US troops in China's Yunnan province shortly after being liberated from the Imperial Japanese army, and discovered in an archive in Seoul. The subject of the 200,000 "comfort women" forced into sexual slavery is the basis of decades of strained relations between South Korea and Japan. Tokyo has been lukewarm to the subject, and many in the Japanese government still deny it happened.
People in South Africa's far northeast are being advised to "exercise extra caution" after four male lions escaped from Kruger National Park (KNP) on Sunday night. KNP is one of the largest reserves in Africa and it's not clear how the lions got past the fences. Park rangers are searching for the big, giant fanged carnivorous beasts. Five lions escaped from the park in May; four were recaptured and one is still on the loose.
Heavy rain brought flooding to Paris, the worst since last year's deluges that forced staff at the Louvre and Orsay museums moved priceless artworks to safety. The storm dumped 27 days worth of rain on the French capital in two hours before moving on to Switzerland and causing flooding there.
UK's Chester Zoo welcomes 14 new Flamingo chicks!