World AM News Briefs For Wednesday, 6 September 2017
Good Morning Australia!! - North Korea ominously promises more "gifts" for the US - Putin clears up his marital status with Trump - The UK roots out nazis in the military - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
A North Korean diplomatic taunted the US and the West at a UN disarmament conference in Geneva, two days after testing an apparent Hydrogen Bomb in defiance of international economic sanctions and condemnation. "The recent self-defense measures by my country, DPRK, are a 'gift package' addressed to none other than the US," said Han Tae Song, North Korea's ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, "The US will receive more 'gift packages' from my country as long as its relies on reckless provocations and futile attempts to put pressure on the DPRK."
With US options in dealing with the North Korean situation becoming fewer, Donald Trump drummed up some more business for defense contractors: "I am allowing Japan & South Korea to buy a substantially increased amount of highly sophisticated military equipment from the United States," Trump wrote on Twitter. No explanation was given for the words "highly sophisticated", but then we still haven't found out WTF "Covfefe" was supposed to mean. In a readout of Trump's call with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Monday, the two discussed "the purchase of many billions of dollars' worth of military weapons and equipment from the United States by South Korea". So, if you own any stock in US defense contractors, your retirement plan is looking better (assuming there's a world left to retire to).
Russian President Vladimir Putin says further economic sanctions on North Korea will not work, and also he's not having sex with Donald Trump. Which seems an odd thing to say. At the BRICS meeting in Xiamin, China, Putin said that Pyongyang would "rather eat grass than give up their nuclear program" and that diplomatic negotiations would be the only route to solving the Korean nuclear crisis. And then when a reporter asked about his relationship with Donald Trump, Putin replied: "He's not my bride," the Russian leader told reporters, "I am also not his bride, nor his groom." Although the US and Russia seemed to cooling relations after weeks of tit-for-tat diplomatic expulsions, there's still that US Justice Department investigation into the Kremlin's influence over Trump's presidential campaign in 2016.
British Defense officials say four active duty military members have been arrested under the anti-terrorism act for suspicion of being members of a banned neonazi group. The four are suspected of "being concerned in the commission, preparation and instigation" of terrorism acts. Officials say there is no threat to public safety. Authorities say the nazi scum outfit calling itself "National Action" has been linked to the murder of Labour lawmaker Jo Cox in 2016, is known for frequently distributed "extremely violent imagery and language" on social media to recruit young people, and "seeks to divide society by implicitly endorsing violence against ethnic minorities and perceived 'race traitors'."
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the Trump administration will in six months scrap a program to protect the children of undocumented migrants from deportation. The announcement sparked widespread protests, especially at the White House and outside Trump Tower. Then-US President Barack Obama started the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to assist people who were brought into the US as children, sometimes too young to realize they're undocumented. The six-month time frame gives the pathetic, do-nothing Republican-controlled Congress to attempt legislation to fix the immigration system - which is an absolute farce, because Congress hasn't done shyte about anything since January, and has health care, tax reform, and emergency funding on its list of things-to-do. So, cowardly Trump shoved this announcement off on Sessions, who shoved taking action off on Congress - where Democrats and pragmatic Republicans want to legalize the DACA people, but conservatives want to deport them.
Speaking of profiles in a complete lack of courage, there's still no word from Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, as the United Nations refugee agency now says more than 123,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar for over-crowded refugee camps in Bangladesh. That's more than ten percent of the Rohingya population in Myanmar's Rakhine state. And they're bringing with them more tales of Myanmar troops allegedly committing atrocities such as murdering children and burning people alive. "Most have walked for days from their villages," said the UN High Commission on Refugees, "Hiding in jungles, crossing mountains and rivers with what they could salvage from their homes." At the same time, there are reportedly crowds of Myanmar Buddhists - apparently, not the ones taking part in mob actions - fleeing south to escape the violence.
Romanian defense minister Adrian Tutuianu stood down after suggesting there are insufficient funds to pay the salaries of service members and defense ministry employees. Although the Romanian economy is expanding at a rate of five percent - the best showing in the European Union - the country recently announced it would planned to buy Patriot missiles worth US$3.9 Billion from American defense contractors.
French MP M'jid El Guerrab of the ruling party quit parliament after bashing in the head of a rival Socialist lawmaker in a street fight. El Guerrab claimed the other man belittled his North African heritage before beating his skull with a motorcycle helmet, sending him into intensive care for several days. El Guerrab is charged with "voluntary violence with a weapon".
Brazilian cops raided the home of the country's Olympics chief and the offices of the Brazilian Olympic Committee. They confiscated the passport of 72-year old Carlos Nuzman, who is accused of conspiring to arrange a $2 Million bribe to bring the 2016 games to Rio de Janeiro - despite the city having the worst conditions to host the event. "The Olympics were used as an enormous trampoline for corruption," Prosecutor Fabiana Schneider said, citing billions of dollars wasted on construction projects that failed to improve Rio's infrastructure - many done by large construction firms now ensnared in Brazil's sweeping "Car Wash" anti-corruption investigation.