World News Briefs For Saturday, 14 April 2018
Hello Australia!! - Bloodshed at the Gaza border - The US says evidence shows Syria was responsible for the chemical weapon attack - Trans rights take a giant step forward - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
Israeli forces on the Gaza frontier have killed one Palestinian protester and injured hundreds more in the third week of the "Great March of Return" protests. Palestinians are marching towards the border demanding the right to return to their ancestral homes; but knowing they won't be allowed past, the protests are more designed to draw attention to what they say is Israel's harsh border policy. Gaza authorities say 363 people were injured by live ammunition and tear gas; a journalist was shot in the knee, days after one was assassinated by an Israeli defense Force (IDF) sniper. So far, Israeli troops have shot dead 31 Gaza Palestinians and wounded hundreds since the protests began.
The US says it has the proof that Syria was responsible for the poison gas attack on its own citizens in Douma, near Damascus on 7 April. "We have a very high confidence that Syria was responsible and, once again, Russia's failure to stop them and their continued (lack of action) on this front has been part of the problem," said a White House spokeswoman. Syria's ally Russia, once again playing the roll of international troll, claimed the UK helped fake the attack on the district that was held by rebels at the time - something London dismisses as a "grotesque, blatant lie". Chemical weapons are banned by international law and the Western Allies - the US, UK, and France - were expected to mount some sort of military response against the Syrna government and military.
Meanwhile, a team from the UN's Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) will begin the investigation into the Douma chemical attack on Saturday. They'll collect medical and autopsy samples, as well as evidence from the scene. But proving a chlorine gas attack could be difficult, as blood and urine samples rarely retain any useful signatures from a chlorine attack, and chloride that occurs in the environment often masks any that was used in a gas attack.
The rift between Russia and The West over the Syrian chemical attack has led UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to declare the Cold War is "back with a vengeance". Warning against escalation at the opening of a contentious Security Council meeting, Guterres said: "The mechanisms and the safeguards to manage the risks of escalation that existed in the past no longer seem to be present." He urged countries to "act responsibly in these dangerous circumstances".
Australian authorities are expecting a rush of requests to stay in the country as the Commonwealth Games end this weekend. In one of the latest incidents, Rwanda's weightlifting coach Paul Nsengiyumva excused himself from an event at Carrara Stadium to use the rest room and never returned. Another 13 athletes disappeared in similar manners throughout the games.
Portugal's parliament approved a new law allowing citizens as young as 16 years of age to offficially change their gender and name in documents without the need of a medical report. Activists welcomed the "groundbreaking" law, saying it respected the right of self-determination. Socialist MP Isabel Moreira called this a "historic day that honours every trans person and their families".
Elephant conservationist Daphne Sheldrick has died of cancer aged 83. Born and raised in Kenya and made a Dame by Queen Elizabeth in 2006, Sheldrick invented a milk formula for orphaned baby elephants and founded a conservation charity; her efforts are credited with saving more than 230 elephants - many of which had lost their mothers to poachers or drought.