World News Briefs For Saturday, 12 January 2019
Hello Australia!! - A teenage girl escapes from the man who allegedly killed her parents - Trump backs off his emergency threat - Huawei's troubles spread to Europe - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his country will grant asylum to 18-year old Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, the Saudi Arabian teen who fled her religious fundamentalist family for the West. "Canada has been unequivocal that we will always stand up for human rights and women's rights around the world. When the UN made a request of us that we grant Ms. al-Qunun asylum, we accepted," Trudeau said to reporters. Ms. al-Qunun said she had renounced Islam, which is a death penalty offense in Saudi Arabia; she had escaped a family outing to Kuwait and made it as far as Thailand, where she posted a series of videos on social media that got international refugee agencies involved in her cause.
In far northwestern Wisconsin, a 13-year old girl escaped from the man who had been holding her captive for three months since her parents were discovered shot to death in their home. Jayme Closs appeared dirty, disheveled, and malnourished when she walked up to a woman walking her dog and asked for help, and help came quickly - police arrested 21-year old Jake Patterson within eleven minutes, and he's now charged with kidnapping and murder. The cabin where he held the teen is 60 miles away from her home, and there's no indication that the victim knew her abductor prior to her parents' murder. Jayme Closs is now in hospital while police sort out what happened to her during the ordeal.
Donald Trump has backed off of his threat to declare a national emergency to get around Congress and begin building his proposed border wall. Trump on Friday said he might lose a legal challenge, which might be the most truthful thing he has ever said. Meanwhile, the US government remains shutdown because Trump won't sign a funding bill unless he gets US$5.6 Billion for his border wall, and the Democrats which now control the lower house are not going to cut him a blank check with no accountability. Some 800,000 US federal workers did not get paid on Friday - including the ones who are forbidden by law from leaving their jobs: Food safety workers, air traffic controllers, and Homeland Security airport workers included. And if making those people disgruntled by forcing them to work without pay sounds like a really, really bad idea.. it is.
Chechnya might be on the verge of another wave of human rights violations against the LGBT community. Groups that help Gays and Lesbians escape from the mountainous and oppressive republic in the south of the Russian Federation note that people seem to be disappearing from their lives and jobs. In 2017, at least 100 were spirited off to clandestine and unofficial detention centers where they were tortured, given electric shocks, and humiliated. Chechnya is ruled with an iron fist by Ramzan Kadyrov, whose hyper-macho antics includes cavorting with tigers and lots of wrestling and you don't have to be Freud to figure out what's going on here.
Poland arrested a director at the Chinese tech giant Huawei and one of its own former cyber-security experts and charged them with spying for Beijing. The Chinese national, Wang "Stanislaus" Weijing, is the second Huawei executive to be arrested; CFO Meng Wanzhou is in Canada waiting to learn if she will be extradited to the US to face charges of breaking trade sanctions by selling banned equipment to Iran. It's a big setback for Huawei, which is trying to roll out its next-generation 5G mobile technology as more and more governments come around to the US allegation that Huawei's gear leaves countries vulnerable to Chinese spying.
Macedonia's parliament finally approved a bill to change the name of the country to the "Republic of North Macedonia". This is hoped to settle a 27-year old dispute with Greece, which uses the name Macedonia for its northern province. Nationalists on both sides of the border irrationally claim that the other could then press territorial claims, even though there's absolutely no evidence of that happening.
A Myanmar court rejected the appeal of two Reuters journalists sentenced to seven years in jail on charges of breaking the Official Secrets Act in their reporting, saying the defense had not provided sufficient evidence to show they were innocent. "Reporting is not a crime, and until Myanmar rights this terrible wrong, the press in Myanmar is not free, and Myanmar's commitment to rule of law and democracy remains in doubt," said Reuters Editor-in-Chief Stephen J. Adler.