World News Briefs For Saturday, 1 December 2018
Hello Australia!! - Stern looks at questionable high fives at the G20 Summit - A strong quake rattles a far northern city - Guess who's not coming to Australia? - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
An incredible scene at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires appears to capture French President Emmanuel Macron sternly cautioning Saudi Arabian crown prince Muhammad bin Salman, who replies with nervous smiles and reassurances. Those close enough to listen in said the conversation involved Saudi Arabia's involvement in the Yemen Civil war and the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi. "Don't worry," say Muhammad, to which the French President replies, "I am worried." Later, Macron says, "You never listen to me," and the prince replies, "I will listen, of course." At the end of the one-on-one on the sidelines of the summit, Mr. Macron can be heard saying: "I am a man of my word."
But it wasn't all that bad for Muhammad. Another leader suspected of causing the deaths of journalists, Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomed him to the summit with a big high five and handshake, and they shared a joke. Donald Trump later said he exchanged pleasantries with Muhammad, but they didn't discuss anything. Trump had already cancelled a sidebar with Putin because of Russia's confiscation of three Ukrainian naval vessels earlier in the week. And when leaders posed for the "class photo" Muhammad was placed on the opposite end from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan whose intelligence agencies have pinned the Khashoggi murder on the Saudis.
Lots of rifts and problems, awkward confrontations, very few solutions.
A powerful magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck just north Anchorage, Alaska at around 8:30 in the morning, local time. Because the city is so far north, daylight didn't come for another hour or so to reveal all sorts of major infrastructure damage. The main road connecting Anchorage to Wasilla was one of several severely damaged, cutting off the home town of former US Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin. One of the local TV Newsrooms was devastated, as computers, monitors, and the set were tossed asunder while the windows blew out in the shaking. The quake was felt 560 kilometers away in Fairbanks.
Hackers accessed the information of as many as half a billion customers of Marriott and Starwood hotels throughout the world in security failures going back to 2014. This includes financial information, email and home addresses, passport numbers, Starwood membership numbers, and other info. "We fell short of what our guests deserve and what we expect of ourselves," said Marriott International chief executive Arne Sorenson in a statement. If you stayed at a Starwood or Marriott property or you think you're at risk, check with the company's website. And above all, check your bank and credit accounts for unwanted charges.
The Home Affairs Department denied an entry visa to Gavin McInnes, founder of a far-right gang calling itself "The Proud Boys" which has been implicated in several violent incidents and linked to neo-nazi groups in the US and Canada. The government says McInnes failed the "character test" to come to Australia on a speaking tour with other far right figures. Critics say McInnes promotes violence against minorities and others who don't share his extremely narrow views and presented Parliament with a petition containing 81,000 signatures of Australians who want these shores protected from violent rhetoric and hate speech.