World AM News Briefs For Tuesday, 8 March 2016
Good Morning Australia!! - A major international sports star is caught in a banned substance scandal - Does Turkey even want to solve the European migrant crisis? - Trump leads his followers in what critics say is a nazi-style salute - And more in your CareerSpot World News Briefs:
Tennis star Maria Sharapova called a news conference to admit that she failed a drug test at this year’s Australian Open and expects to face a punishment from the ITF. She said the substance is called meldonium, which had been legal but was banned as of 1 January. "I have to take full responsibility for it, it's my body and I have to be responsible for what I put in my body," Ms. Sharapova told reporters. The 28-year old Russian's most recent match was a defeat by Serena Williams at the Australian Open in January. She's a five-time Grand Slam champion, and says she is not yet aware of the sanctions she will face.
The US says it conducted an air strike in Somalia that killed around 150 Al Shabaab terrorists. This happened on Saturday at an Al Shabaab camp located about 200 kilometers north of Mogadishu, and involved both drones and manned aircraft. "We know they were going to be departing the camp and they posed an imminent threat to US and (African Union) forces," said Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis. Officials did not give details about the alleged plans.
Hungary's far right wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban has shot down a European Union plan to resettle migrants directly to European states from Turkey. EU leaders are holding a key summit with Turkey in Brussels to try and find ways of dealing with Europe's worst refugee crisis since World War II. Eastern European officials are also extremely unhappy with Turkey's surprise demands for more money and fast-track discussions to join the EU, in exchange for slowing the flow of immigrants.
Even if the EU strikes a deal with Turkey to stop the migrant boats, Turkey may lack the will and ability to enforce it. A report from the European Union justice agency Eurojust says: "Contrary to EU opinion, migrants leaving Turkey is a dominant idea favored by the Turkish government and people - i.e., they support smugglers getting immigrants leaving Turkey." The country doesn't even have an infrastructure of a specialized border force and independent courts to deal with immigration issues. Currently, Turkey's method of expelling unwanted immigrants is a verbal warning to leave the country, according to Eurojust.
A Congo-born Roman Catholic priest in southern Germany has resigned his parish after deaths threats and racist abuse, which really picked up as the European Migration Crisis got worse. Fr. Olivier Ndjimbi-Tshiende told parishioners of his decision during a church service on Sunday in Zorneding, a small town near Munich in Bavaria. Catholic Church officials say he'll be reassigned.
Fora second time in recent days, US Republican party presidential candidate Donald Trump has led his followers in swearing a loyalty oath to him in what critics say is unmistakably a "Heil Hitler" salute. Former Anti-Defamation League director Abe Foxman says, "As a Jew who survived the Holocaust, to see an audience of thousands of people raising their hands in what looks like the ‘Heil Hitler’ salute is about as offensive, obnoxious and disgusting as anything I thought I would ever witness in the United States of America." What is apparent that many at his rallies don't merely raise their right hands, but thrust them forward in the nazi salute. Trump has been endorsed by several white supremacists for his racist, unhinged and patently evil ideas, such as somehow compelling Mexico to build a wall on America's southern border and planning to ban all Muslims - 1.6 billion members of an entire religion - from entering the US.