World AM News Briefs For Tuesday, 23 February 2016
Good Morning Australia!! - The big powers try again with a start date for a Syrian cease-fire - The entertainment world is waking up to teh fact that something really effed up is going on with Kesha's recording contract - And cameras are rolling when a spunky 106-year old lady gets her wish - And more in your CareerSpot World News Briefs:
The US and Russia jointly announced that the earlier cessation of hostilities in Syria would commence on Saturday, 27 February. This is the truce that was agreed upon on 12 February and was supposed to come into effect within a week after that, so there's more than a little skepticism over whether the new start date will mean anything. The deal covers the Syrian government and a coalition of "moderate" rebel groups - back by Russia and the West, respectively. Islamic State and Al Nusra Front were not part of these negotiations.
More than 10 million people are without water in Delhi, India because of sabotage to the canal feeding the capital area's water supply. The army has retaken control of the canal from members of the Jat community, but repairs will take several days. The Jat are upset over being frozen out of job and education quotas that are reserved for members of India's lower castes, and protests have turned violent: Sixteen people have been killed and hundreds hurt in three days of riots.
The death toll in Fiji has climbed to at least 21 lives lost in Tropical Cyclone Winston, the largest such storm ever to hit those islands. Rescue workers warn the numbers could get worse as they venture out to some of the worst-hit outlying islands, which have yet to be reached. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Australia would provide AU$5 million in emergency aid and offered a P-3 Orion aircraft and several rescue helicopters.
Lawyers for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange are asking a Swedish court to throw out the arrest warrant, following a UN panel's conclusion that Assange is being unfairly detained. Mr. Assange denies sex abuse allegations. For more than three and a half years, he's been holed up inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London to avoid extradition to Sweden, which he and his followers say is just a sham to get him into custody so he can be bundled off to the US. Wikileaks released hundreds of thousands of secret document showing US misconduct in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.
Superstar Taylor Swift is the latest celebrity to stand with the singer Kesha in her battle to break her contract with producer Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald, whom Kesha accuses of rape and abuse. A US judge last week disgusted pretty much everyone in the world by ruling that Kesha - whose full name is Kesha Sebert - would have to keep working with her rapist because Sony needs some hit records. Ms. Swift immediately kicked US$250,000 to Ms. Sebert, to be used anyway she needed to get free of the contract. Other stars backing Kesha include Lady Gaga, Lorde, Kelly Clarkson, and Demi Lovato - meaning that even if Sony and Gottwald prevail through the appeals process, he'll be considered radioactive in most of the recording industry. For the record, he denied her allegations.
106-year old Virginia McLaurin danced with joy as she finally got her dream come true, a meeting with America's first black chief executive President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Born in South Carolina in 1909, Ms. McLaurin has lived in the Washington, DC area since the 1930s and started petitioning to meet the First Family last year. The elderly African-American woman thought she'd "never live to see" a black president. But now that she has met the Obamas, McLaurin says says she can "die happy".