World AM News Briefs For Tuesday, 14 November 2017
Good Morning Australia!! - Hundreds are killed in a quake along Iran's western border - A fifth woman accuses a notorious US conservative of pedophilia - Human Rights campaigners don't believe Myanmar - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
The earthquake along the Iran-Iraq border is said to be the world's deadliest this year: At least 400 people are dead, many more are missing, and 7,000 people are wounded. The death toll was heaviest in Iran's Kermanshah province, and especially in the town of Sarpol-e-Zahab. Most of the homes in the predominantly Kurdish area are constructed of mud bricks, and not to any reasonable seismic safety standard in a quake zone.
At least 29 civilians were killed, including several children, after warplanes attacked an outdoor market in the rebel-held Syrian town of Atareb. It is not clear whether the strike was carried out by Syrian government warplanes or those of its ally Russia.
Amnesty International is accusing Myanmar's military of a "whitewash" after an army investigation cleared itself of responsibility in the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims from Rakhine state in the country's west. The military said it was not involved in killing any Rohingya people, burning their villages, raping women and girls, and stealing possessions. Amnesty is demanding that United Nations inspectors be allowed into the region where more than half a million Muslims were driven out across the border to Bangladesh.
A North Korean defector is being treated in a South Korean hospital after the soldier was shot by his former comrades as he crossed the border at Panmunjom. He was hit in the elbow, and will recover to be debriefed by South Korea intelligence. It very rare for anyone to try to defect over the border crossing, and most of the thousand or so people who flee the hermit kingdom every year do so over the northern border with China that is not guarded as closely.
It took a couple of days, but Polish President Andrzej Duda finally condemned the giant fascist rally that polluted the nation's Independence Day commemoration over the weekend. More than 60,000 fascist scum carrying torches and signs with white supremacy slogans and symbols marched through Warsaw, chanting threats to Muslims and Jews. Duda said that "there is no place in Poland" for xenophobia, pathological nationalism and anti-Semitism and that the country must remain a land of open to all who want to come together and work for the good of the nation.
And now, into the sewer:
A fifth woman has stepped forward to accuse Republican US Senate candidate Roy Moore of inappropriate sexual behavior when she was a teenager and he was a man in his 30s. Beverly Young Nelson says she was just 16-years old when Moore drove her behind the restaurant where she worked in Alabama, and aggressively groped her, leaving bruises on her neck that she had to cover with make up. "I thought he was going to rape me," a tearful Ms. Nelson said at a news conference, adding that she "kept her secret for more than 40 years" except for talking to family, "because she feared Mr. Moore" who was a local prosecutor at the time. Earlier, the Washington Post published a well-researched story quoting four women with a similar story, backed up by 30 corroborating witnesses. Moore dismissed the Post story as "fake news" and claimed there was a political conspiracy to destroy him.
Moore is now a long-time conservative and religious culture warrior in his 70s, running for the Alabama US Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Moore was twice elected to chief justice of the state supreme court, and twice thrown off for violating the US Constitution. He could possibly still win in Alabama, where (after 35+ years of Fox News and conservative talk radio) people might actually pick a child molester over a Democrat, but will prove to be toxic to Republicans in the rest of the country where people don't believe the Bible justifies pedophilia.
Before Ms. Nelson's new accusation, US Senator Republican leader Sen. Mitch McConnell was asked about the Washington Post story: He replied, "I believe the women," and regarding Moore, "I think he should step aside." Influential moderate Republican Sen. Susan Collins tweeted, "I have now read Mr. Moore's statement and listened to his radio interview in which he denies the charges. I did not find his denials to be convincing and believe that he should withdraw from the Senate race in Alabama." And Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner, who heads Republican fundraising for Senate candidates, says if Moore is elected, the Senate "should vote to expel him, because he does not meet the ethical and moral requirements of the United States Senate".