World News Briefs For Saturday, 13 July 2019
Hello Australia!! - Turkey snubs the US and Western Allies - Another Trump cabinet official steps down, this time because of the scandal around a well-connected pedophile - Is Brazil's president trying to out-Trump Trump? - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
Turkey has taken delivery of its Russian-made S-200 missile defense system, which creates an incredibly uncomfortable situation with the rest of the country's NATO allies. The US has warned that Turkey can't buy Russian missiles and still purchase the US-made F-35 fighter jet - Turkey insists the two items would be kept on separate bases, and there would be no chance of Russian technicians getting up close and personal with an F-35. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also doubts the Donald Trump will hit his country with economic sanctions.
US Labor Secretary Alex Acosta has stepped down in the midst of intense criticism over his role in securing a sweetheart sentencing deal for pedophile rich-guy Jeffrey Epstein, back when Acosta was a federal prosecutor twelve years ago. Despite being a child rapist, Epstein was given a short sentence and was allowed to leave prison during the day to go to work as a hedge fund manager - the victims also were not notified of the terms of the deal. A news conference this week in which Acosta attempted to portray himself as a hero didn't help his cause. In announcing his resignation in a week, Acosta said it wasn't fair for the Labor Department to be the focus of the Epstein case. Epstein was a close associate of Donald Trump and a contributor to his political campaign.
UK Police opened an investigation into the leaked memos that lead to the resignation of Ambassador to the US Sir Kim Darroch. The memos, leaked to the pro-Trump Daily Mail newspaper, revealed Sir Kim's grim reservations about the Trump White House, which he described as "dysfunction" and painted Trump as "inept". The memos were meant only to inform Whitehall of what Sir Kim was seeing in Washington, DC. Trump responded by calling Sir Kim "very stupid" and "wacky", and the seasoned diplomat stepped down when it became apparent that the likely incoming PM would not support him. "Given the widely reported consequences of that leak I am satisfied that there has been damage caused to UK international relations, and there would be clear public interest in bringing the person or people responsible to justice," said Met Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu.
Brazil's far right president Jair Bolsonaro set off a chorus of a storm of complaints alleging nepotism with his plans to nominate his son Ambassador to the US. Eduardo Bolsonaro is pretty much as racist and misogynist as his dad. Jair said, "My son Eduardo speaks English, he speaks Spanish. He's traveled all over the world. He's friends with Donald Trump's children." Senate opposition leader Randolfe Rodrigues said he was "certain" the nomination would not be approved. Congressman Ivan Valente of the Leftist Socialism and Liberty Party said it's "an international embarrassment".
Al Shabaab is claiming responsibility for the deadly attack on a hotel in Somalia. Regional politicians had been holding a planning meeting for upcoming elections at the Asasey hotel in the southern port city of Kismayo; the terrorists set off a car bomb and gunmen stormed the building, killing at least seven people. Among those killed were popular TV journalist Hodan Naleyeh, who had recently returned from Canada to report "positive" stories about her home country.