World AM News Briefs For Wednesday, 16 March 2016
Good Morning Australia!! - Cops are on a manhunt for terrorists in Belgium - Myanmar is finally set to return to civilian rule - Which country's central banker failed to mention that cyber thieves stole $100 Million? - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
Belgian Security Forces and French Police are hunting for at least two suspects following a shoot-out in an anti-terror raid in Brussels. It's related to last November's terrorist attacks in Paris that killed 130 people, and the search is centering around an area close to the Molenbeek neighborhood associated with some of those terrorists. Streets in one Brussels suburb are shut because of the search. Another suspect was "neutralized", according to police, during the raid.
At least 40 civilians were killed in an air strike in Yemen carried out by the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthi rebels. Two missiles hit a crowded marketplace in the Mustaba district of Hajjah province, and several children were among the victims.
Russia is withdrawing most, but not all, of its warplanes from Syria - but a Kremlin defense official says Russia will continue to conduct air raids in support of its ally Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Some of those strikes are in support of Syrian government troops as they advance towards Palmyra, the UNESCO heritage site seized by Islamic State last year. IS fighters caused widespread outrage through systematic looting and destruction of the Roman ruins at Palmyra.
Myanmar's parliament elected the country's first civilian leader since 1962. He is 70-year-old Htin Kyaw - a longtime confidant of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who was banned from running for president by a vindictive article in the constitution left over from the military junta. Htin Kyaw takes office next month. It's not clear what Suu Kyi's role will be, although she will undoubtedly have an influential voice in the office of a friend she has known since the sixth grade.
Brazil's former president isn't backing down, and will become a key minister in the government of his former protege President Dilma Rousseff. Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will also enjoy some legal protection from a case that supporters say is politically-motivated to try and keep him for running for office again in 2018. Police earlier this month briefly detained Lula for questioning in the Petrobras scandal.
The head of Bangladesh's central bank quit after failing to inform his government that hackers looted more than US$100 Million from the impoverished country's foreign currency reserves. Atiur Rahman submitted his resignation after government ministers read about the cyber-crime in media reports. The hackers used stolen credentials to request the cash transfers. Some of the money wound up in banks in Sri Lanka and was recovered. But the rest was laundered through casinos in the Philippines, and authorities are trying to track it down.
Fraud is suspected after Nigeria's state-owned oil company has failed to pay the government US$16 Billion. The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) couldn't explain what happened to the missing funds. The previous administration of Goodluck Jonathan allegedly engaged in wholesale corruption and billions of dollars would disappear at a time without any accounting. But current President Muhammadu Buhari was carried to office in part on his vow to crack down on corruption.
The hacker collective Anonymous is declaring "total war" on fascist demagogue Donald Trump.
Pope Francis says Mother Teresa will be declared a saint on 4 September. The Albanian nun worked with the poor in Kolkata, India and founded an order of nuns that runs 19 homes. She died in 1997 at the age of 87. The pontiff last year recognized a second miracle attributed to Mother Teresa.