World AM News Briefs For Tuesday, 7 August 2018
Good Morning Australia!! - Trump versus Europe, Trump versus Iran - Who stands for Women in Saudi Arabia? - Video emerges of a giant explosion in traffic - You won't believe the weekend body count in one American city - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
Hey, if you click on only one video link today, look for the "titanic fireball". Booom. ANYWAY...
The European Union from Tuesday will implement a "blocking statute" to shield its companies from US Sanctions for doing business with Iran. This comes three months after Donald Trump withdrew the US from the international Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to control Iran's nuclear ambitions - thus reversing the very successful plan to get Tehran off of nukes. The EU statute bans businesses from complying with those US sanctions, unless they get exceptional authorization from the European Commission. A statement by European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and foreign ministers of France, Germany, and the UK insisted that the 2015 JCPOA "is working and delivering on its goal" of limiting Iran's nuclear program.
A White House official said the Trump administration was "not particularly concerned" by Europe's move. Donald Trump announced his regime will fully enforce reimposed economic sanctions on Iran, the other shoe to drop from his decision to pull the US from the international nuclear deal. Measures targeting Iran's automotive and precious metals sectors come into force one minute after midnight in Washington. "We urge all nations to take such steps to make clear that the Iranian regime faces a choice: either change its threatening, destabilising behaviour and reintegrate with the global economy, or continue down a path of economic isolation," Trump said. Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said the act was "psychological warfare".
Saudi Arabia froze new trade with Canada and is expelling the Canadian ambassador over supposed "interference" in the kingdom's domestic affairs. Canada had earlier called on the Saudis to release from jail several Women's Rights activists, including prominent Saudi-American campaigner Samar Badawi, who has in the past appeared with then-US First Lady Michelle Obama and then-US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The UN, Human Rights watch, and Amnesty International have condemned the arrests. Leading Saudi women's rights campaigner Manal al-Sharif thanked Canada for "speaking up" and asked when other Western powers would do the same.
UK police are warning of "a significant loss of operational capacity" if the country crashes out of the EU in March without a real Brexit plan. In a leaked document marked "official sensitive" and addressed to Home Secretary Sajid Javid, the cops say they will instantly lose vital access to cross-border investigative powers and databases. The Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) cross says that makes cops "increasingly concerned that such a loss of capacity could pose significant risks to our local communities". Over the weekend, UK Trade Secretary Liam Fox put the chances of a "hard Brexit" at 60 percent and blamed Brussels.
Efforts to evacuate thousands of people including a lot of Aussie tourists from Lombok and Bali will continue today. The death toll Indonesia's weekend earthquake has been raised to 98 lives lost, and there is said to be growing desperation in the nearby Gili islands.
Chicago has a problem with gangs and guns. Between 3:00 PM Friday and 6:00 AM Monday morning, 66 people had been shot, twelve fatally - a rate so crazy and confusing that each local media newsroom had their own body count until police cleared it up and unified the numbers. Most of these were concentrated in the lower income communities on the south and west sides, and away from the posh north side and Downtown where the Lollapalooza music festival took place over the same period. This is particularly bad in a city accustomed to weekend mayhem, and counter to statistical data that show Chicago's crime rate - including violent crime - going down, except in these blighted communities.
Police in New Mexico rescued eleven severely malnourished children from a make-shift compound in the desert near the Colorado border. The children are aged one to 15, had no shoes, were wearing rags, and "looked like Third World refugees". Investigators arrived after getting a message from a third party that read: "We are starving and need food and water." Two heavily armed men were arrested.
The Nicaraguan Association for Human Rights (ANPDH) is temporarily closing its offices in Managua after its staff received "alarming information" about threats to them. The group claims around 450 people have been killed in violence between authorities and anti-government demonstrators since April, but the United Nations puts that number at 317.
Tens of thousands of Venezuelans marched Caracas in support of democratically-elected President Nicolas Maduro, after the failed assassination attempt over the weekend. Six people had been arrested in the plot, which involved C-4 packed exploding drones while Maduro spoke at a military event; several soldiers were hurt.
It's been a terrible few days on Italy's roads. Police released video of a fuel tanker plowing into the back of a slower truck on a bridge; both trucks are consumed by flames, but the scene is engulfed in a titanic fireball once the contents of the tanker ignited. Two people have died, at least 70 are injured, and the flyover motorway collapsed. Earlier, a head-on collision between a van and a lorry near Lesina in the Foggia region of southern Italy killed twelve African farm laborers; four migrant farm workers died in a similar crash in the same region on Saturday. Their union called a strike for Wednesday in solidarity with the dead workers.