World AM News Briefs For Wednesday, 8 August 2018
Good Morning Australia!! - The worst parents in the world go to prison - The hottest summer does its damage in Europe - The biggest fire in California will burn for a long time - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
A German woman has been sentenced to twelve and an half years in prison for selling her son to pedophiles on the dark web. Her partner, the boy's step-father, got twelve years. They must also pay restitution to the boy, now ten, and a three-year old girl who was also sexually abused. The horrific case enraged Germans because the step-father was a known pedophile, and police missed several opportunities to intervene and stop the abuse much earlier - at one point, child protective services removed the boy from the home, but later returned him to suffer more abuse. The identities of the parents were kept secret to protect the children.
Europe's heatwave has killed thousands of fish in the Swiss river Rhine. Warm water doesn't hold as much oxygen as the cooler waters the fish evolved to live in over the centuries. Heat-related fish kills also took place in Germany and England. In Finland, the heatwave has dried the ponds where mosquitoes breed, but that's the perfect conditions for horseflies - so, small bloodsucker traded for large, aggressive, painful bloodsucker. Hay yields have been so scant that farmers are already putting animals to slaughter, because there will not be enough food for them this winter.
The Mendocino Complex Fire north of San Francisco became California's largest-ever wildfire overnight, larger in area than either Los Angeles or new York City. Barely a third of it is under control, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, and officials expect it to burn for the rest of the month. Another fire further north near Redding, the Carr Fire, has killed at least seven people and destroyed more that 1,500 structures. That one is only 47 percent contained as of last night.
Despite Donald Trump's boasts of progress, US National Security Advisor John Bolton says North Korea has done much of anything to mitigate its nuclear weapons threat. While he says the US has lived up to its end of whatever the June summit between Trump and Kim Jong-un was supposed to accomplish, "What we need is performance from North Korea on denuclearization," and, "What we really need is not more rhetoric." In recent weeks, both US intelligence and United Nations nuclear experts said North Korea isn't dismantling its nuclear program and is actually building new ICBMs.
Mexico's incoming president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) says his country will not be "threatened" with militarized borders, such as Donald Trump's call for a border wall. In a meeting with the country's engineers Monday AMLO says he seeks to "change the correlation of power; no one will threaten us with closing or militarizing the border or build a wall". He's also planning on job creation to slow immigration to the north through a series of public works projects to address infrastructure that was allowed to decline under past conservative governments.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is condemning the exploding drone attack intended to assassination Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. "The secretary-general once again urges national actors to make all efforts to seek consensus to address the country's many challenges, upholding the human rights of all Venezuelans and within the framework of the rule of law," said spokesman Farhan Haq; "We would encourage neighboring countries to work cooperatively with each other," he said responding to allegations of Colombia's involvement in the drone attack. Investigators say one of the six suspects in the drone attack has been linked to an attack on the Venezuelan military last year, and violent street protests in 2014.
Colombia's new right-wing president Ivan Duque has been sworn in. He's promising to roll back much of the peace deal that ended a five decade civil war with the Marxist FARC guerilla group.