World AM News Briefs For Tuesday, 9 July 2019
Hello Australia!! - Trump blacklists the UK ambassador - Europe cautions Iran's nuclear ambitions - An anti-corruption "hero" is on the verge of a fall - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
Donald Trump is vowing not to work with UK Ambassador to the US Sir Kim Darroch, after Trump's pals at the Daily Mail published a bunch of sensitive memos in which Darroch lambastes Trump and his administration. UK short-timer Prime Minister Theresa May said she had "full faith" in Sir Kim (but did not agree with him) - Trump replied "we will no longer deal with him" and claimed Sir Kim was "not liked or well thought of within the US". Sir Kim's memos described the White House in its current form as inept, incoherent, and chaotic.
The European Union is urging Iran to reverse its decision to raise the level at which it enriches uranium beyond that allowed by the 2015 JCPOA, the multi-nation Iran Nuclear Deal that Donald Trump left in tatters by withdrawing the US. A spokeswoman said the bloc was extremely concerned after Iran announced that it was producing material with a fissile purity of 4.5 percent. That's higher than the 3.67 percent enrichment specified in the JCPOA, but far below the 90 percent necessary to use in the nuclear weapons everyone's supposedly worried about. China, which was also a signatory to the deal said the "root cause" of the current crisis is Trump's Iran policies.
A bus careened off of an expressway in Uttar Pradesh, in northern India, killing at least 29 people.
Federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York have charged billionaire hedge fund manager Jeffrey Epstein with one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors. Investigators also allegedly found child pornography in his home. The case could become politically embarrassing for a number of people, not least of all Donald Trump who was close friends with Epstein and even praised him once. Former US president Bill Clinton rode in Epstein's private airplane a dozen times. This is the second Epstein has faced federal charges for child molestation - but an earlier case ended with what critics called a "sweetheart deal" in which Epstein spent a few months in jail, but only at night because he was allowed to go to his office during the day. The prosecutor on that earlier case was Alexander Acosta, who has since become Trump's Labor Secretary.
Brazil's Justice Minister Sergio Moro has taken a leave of absence after a slew of damaging leaks that cast serious doubts over his impartiality as a judge in the "Operation Car Wash" graft scandal, the country's single biggest domestic issue. This includes the prosecution of former Left-wing president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, which took him out of last year's President race. Moro had become almost a folk hero for his anti-corruption cases, and his presence helped legitimize the far-right administration of Jair Bolsonaro. But that was only until the revelations by the investigative news site The Intercept, which showed him coaching prosecutors to knock out political enemies. Now, his political and media support dried up and there is talk of prosecuting the prosecutor. Lula remains in jail, still denying the charges brought by Moro.
An Italian court has sentenced 24 people to life in prison for their roles in Operation Condor, the US CIA-backed conspiracy among South American nations in the 1970s and 80s to kidnap, torture, and murder Left-wing activists. This first-of-its-kind trial in Europe focused on the military dictatorships of Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay, Brazil, Bolivia, and Argentina for the killing and disappearance of 43 people including 23 Italian citizens. Operation Condor likely resulted in thousands of deaths. The human rights prosecution office in Buenos Aires says 977 former military officers and collaborators are in jail for crimes relating to Argentina's US-backed fascist dictatorship.
Eight Frank Lloyd Wright buildings in the US have earned UNESCO World Heritage status. Although he never designed a building in Australia, his influence is felt Down Under not least because his former protege Walter Burley Griffin designed the capital in Canberra.