World AM News Briefs For Wednesday, 10 October 2018
Good Morning Australia!! - France honors its top nazi hunters - A surprising exit from the Trump White House and the not so surprising preview of the replacement - The fight against piracy just got more complicated - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
France has awarded its top honors to the nazi-hunting couple Serge and Beate Klarsfeld. President Emmanuel Macron presented France's highest award, the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honor, to 83 year old Serge; 79-year old Beate received the National Order of Merit. France's chief Rabbi Haim Korsia was amongst those who attended the ceremony in the Elysee Palace. The Klarsfelds began their search for nazi war criminals during the 1960s, famously leading to the capture of "the butcher of Lyon" Klaus Barbie and several Vichy collaborators.
US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley resigned, stunning much of Washington, DC which started grasping for reasons. Appearing at the White House with Donald Trump, who clearly wasn't expecting it, Ms. Haley: gave only vague words about it being "time" to go; cryptically praised Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner as an "hidden genius"; and shot down speculation that she would run against Trump in 2020. Trump praised her for doing "an incredible job". Haley was seen as one of the last "grown ups" in the room who protected the UN from Trump's aggression against America's own allies and international institutions, while maintaining criticism of Trump's pals in Russia and Saudi Arabia. Late in the day, Trump claimed that that no one was "more competent" to replace Haley than his daughter, failed handbag designer Ivanka Trump - although some seem to think he ruled out his daughter.
South Africa's finance minister Nhlanhla Nene resigned after getting caught meeting with members of the wealthy Gupta family, who are accused of pay-to-play corruption with the former president Jacob Zuma (the Guptas and Zuma deny the allegations). This is South Africa's fifth change of finance minister since 2014.
Kenyan prosecutors will charge the country's top television news anchor Jacque Maribe and her fiance Joseph Kuria Irungu with murder in the death of a business woman. Monica Kimani's body was found in her apartment bathtub last month, her hands tied and throat slit. Investigators say a business deal gone wrong was the motive.
As the death toll from the Sulawesi earthquake and tsunami surpasses 2,000 lives lost, Indonesia is barring independent foreign aid workers from the disaster zone. The country is usually reluctant to accept foreign disaster aid although it did allow some in during the initial days after the 28 September twin disasters. But with the death toll reaching 2,010 and thousands still missing, officials are losing the will to find those bodies that wound up buried under meters of mud and debris caused by soil liquefaction during the magnitude 7.5 temblor. "On October 11, we will hold joint prayers in Balaroa, Petobo and Jono Oge to end the evacuation of bodies," said Indonesian disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.
A sinkhole opened up in a city in southwest China, swallowing and killing four people. Two of the victims were pulled out the hole in in Dazhou, Sichuan province; the other two are believed to be at least ten meters down.
A Philippine official is denying speculation that President Rodrigo Duterte has cancer. But Duterte did go in for tests on his intestines at a private hospital. His spokesman told reporters that Duterte's condition "is not serious" and will remain a confidential matter.
Pakistan is pulling out of the counter-piracy Combined Task Force (CTF) that operates in the western Indian Ocean. This is because of worsening relations with the Trump White House, which accuses Pakistan of supporting terrorism. Pakistani naval officials claim the US-led task force balked at paying for fuel for two Pakistani ships, despite years of cooperation against international piracy.
Some JERK taped an alligator's mouth shut and abandoned the creature in Lake Michigan, one of the Great Lakes. She was rescued and taken to a wildlife park, where late in the day Tuesday in America officials said the scaly, fanged girl is improving.