World News Briefs For Monday, 2 December 2019
Hello Australia!! - India faces its shameful epidemic - The horrifying spread of measles in Samoa - A murder that took down a prime minister - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
The death toll in Samoa's Measles Epidemic is now 48 lives lost, more than double from a week ago - and the vast majority of fatalities are among children younger than age four. This is despite officials taking drastic measures to stop the spread of the easily-transmitted virus, including mandatory vaccinations. More than 3,500 have been diagnosed with measles in Samoa including 1,795 children under five, putting incredible stress on the country's health care system.
Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat says he will step down in the new year in the political crisis over the car-bombing murder of an investigative journalist. But rather than call an election, Muscat is asking his ruling party to choose a successor after 12 January. Journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia's work exposed official corruption on the Mediterranean Island, and she linked local corruption to the Panama Papers Scandal, which detailed how the world's wealthiest hide their money to avoid paying taxes. She started her car for the last time in October of 2017. Over the weekend, Maltese prosecutors announced charges against a gambling and real estate tycoon in the plot.
At least 19 to 21 people were killed in a shoot-out at a police station in northern Mexico. The governor of Coahuila state says four police officers, two civilians, and 13 suspected members of the Cartel del Noreste drug gang were among the dead in Villa Union, about 40 miles south of the US border town of Eagle Pass, Texas.
There is outrage in Hyderabad, India after the rape and murder of a woman whose charred body was found underneath a highway flyover. Four men are under arrest, but large protests broke out when the family said the police didn't take their concerns very seriously, even suggesting that the victim - a local veterinarian - "eloped" while she was missing and before the body was found. The situation recalls the rape and murder of a 2012 rape and murder of a young woman on a bus in Delhi, which started the conversation about the epidemic of violence against women in India - but the victims' family says the police haven't gotten the message.
UK authorities identified the second victim of the London Bridge terrorist attack last week. 23-year-old Saskia Jones was a Cambridge graduate and had been working as a volunteer as part of the "Learning Together" prisoner rehabilitation program - just like the other person killed, 25-year old Jack Merritt. Saskia's family described her as a "funny, kind, positive influence at the center of many people's lives". The two were at an event to mark the fifth anniversary of the program at the Fishmongers' Hall in the center of London when one of the attendees - convicted terrorist Usman Khan - pulled out a knife and began attacking people, prompting civilians to fight back and police to shoot him.