World AM News Briefs For Wednesday, 6 February 2019
Good Morning Australia!! - The Pope acknowledges a new facet of the church's sex scandals - Several die when fire races through a Paris apartment - The ultimate failure of the much-ballyhooed "Arab Spring" - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
Paris police have arrested a woman on suspicion of starting a fire in an apartment block that killed at least 10 people. Around 30 more people were hurt, including eight firefighters. The eight-storey building in the 16th arrondissement, close to the Parc des Princes stadium, is set back at the end of a courtyard and not accessible from the street - firefighters had to disassemble their ladders and carry them to the scene to rescue survivors. Prosecutors say the woman in her forties who was arrested has a history of mental health problems.
Perth is bracing for a week of blistering temperatures above 35 C degrees, wildfires are burning in Tasmania, and flooding has killed at least two people in Queensland. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, said a recovery centre is operational in Townsville and officials are now working out help for farmers - but the damage is widespread and immense: "We've got a long way to go. I'm asking for people to have patience."
Pope Francis is acknowledging that Roman Catholic priests have sexually abused nuns, and that his predecessor Benedict XVI actually had to shut down a religious order because the priest were using the nuns as "sex slaves". Yeah, did not see that coming. It's believed to be the first time Francis has addressed the issue, which he laments is "still going on" and "we're working on it". Last week, the Vatican's women's magazine - Women Church World - condemned the abuse and alleged that in some cases nuns were forced to obtain abortions after being impregnated by priests.
Some jerk or jerks attack the grave of the economist, philosopher, and founder of Communism Karl Marx in North London, damaging a marble tablet with the dates of his life and death. "This is mindless vandalism, not political commentary," said Ian Dungavell, chief executive of Friends of Highgate Cemetery Trust, "You don't have to be a Marxist to think this is an important monument." Police believe the vandalism took place within he last few days.
Russian Defense Secretary Sergei Shoigu announced his country will build ground-based intermediate-range nuclear missiles within two years. This comes days after Russia was the second nation to abandon the INF Treaty, a bilateral arms agreement which had been a linchpin to stability in Europe because it banned ground-launched missiles with a range of 500 to 5,500 kilometers.
Donald Trump will give his State of the Union address later today, delayed from its usual time in January because of his government shutdown.
Egypt's parliament is making moves to allow President Abdel al-Sisi to serve pretty much as long as he wants. Current term limits in the constitution would have the strongman leader leave office in 2022, but a committee approved plans that would allow al-Sisi to serve until 2032, when he will be approaching 80 years old. Pretty much the final nail in the coffin of the so-called "Arab Spring" in 2010, in which some dictators and despots kept their jobs while others were replaced by new dictators and despots. Only Tunisia managed a transition to democracy.
The Lima Group has fulfilled the purpose it was based on when it was formed a few month ago, that is to recognize the conservative Venezuelan opposition as the leaders of the country instead of democratically-elected President Nicolas Maduro. The US and EU are reportedly sending aid to the opposition for distribution to the Venezuelan people who've been suffering under sanctions from these same countries.