World News Briefs For Saturday, 15 September 2018
Hello Australia!! - Beware of Strawberries! Don't eat breakfast until you see this! - A close associate of Donald Trump has switched to Team Mueller - Hurricanes and Typhoons wreak havoc - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
Authorities are now linking six brands of fresh strawberries to the needle and pin contamination scare. New South Wales Police have added Donnybrook Berries, Love Berry, Delightful Strawberries, and Oasis brands to their caution list alongside Berry Obsession and Berry Licious, which were named earlier in the week - and they warn that these brands were being sold in NSW, Queensland, Victoria, and the ACT. Only some of these brands have been pulled from store shelves this week, so do be careful: QLD health officials say if you have Donnybrook or are unsure, return them to store or through them out. Police add that you should report any contamination.
Wow, that's scary. How about a White Tiger Cub to make it all better? At the Chittagong Zoo in Bangladesh.
Hurricane Florence turned into a tropical storm but remained deadly in North Carolina, when a tree crashed through the roof of a home in Wilmington, killing a woman and her child. The distraught father was taken to hospital with injuries. Another woman, with medical conditions who for whatever reason did not evacuate, died because emergency services couldn't drive across fallen trees in time to save her; another person was electrocuted by an emergency generator. Rescuers came to pluck dozens of people from a collapsing coastal hotel as the huge storm surge toppled trees and swamped streets. Heavy rain is forecast for the region for another two days, so there will be more problems from flooding and landslides.
Thousands of people have been evacuated from the northern tip of the Philippines before Super Typhoon Mangkhut gets there. The strongest storm of the season packs winds of 205 kilometers per hour, and gusts reaching to 255 km/h. That's whipping up a storm surge of up to six meters, and officials are warning of "very heavy damage" to vulnerable structures. They raised the storm alert to the second-highest level - "Signal Four" - in Cagayan, northern Isabela, Apayao, and Abra provinces.
"I plead guilty," said Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort, in court after cutting a deal with US Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller to answer any questions and testify in any future cases and provide related documents. Manafort has also agreed to forfeit several incredibly valuable properties and the current funds held in several bank accounts. Manafort doesn't get much: he saves the expense of a second trial (after being previously found guilty one a few other corruption counts), and gets his potential prison term capped at ten years. Mueller gets access to what is believed to be a wealth of information about Trump's dealings with the Russians trying to influence the 2016 presidential campaign.
Japan's attempt to overturn the international ban on commercial whaling has failed at the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in Brazil. "What Japan tried to do here was to bend and break the rules of the IWC to lift an internationally agreed ban on killing whales for profit. It deserved to fail," said Kitty Block, president of the animal charity Humane Society International, "The world has moved on from commercial whaling, and so must Japan." But Japan gets around the ban by hunting and killing 333 whales a year for "scientific research", although the meat from these animals goes on the domestic market.
The Dutch government expelled two alleged Russian spies earlier this year after they were accused of plotting to hack into the Swiss chemicals laboratory helping investigate the the Salisbury Novichok attack. The arrests and expulsions are just coming out in the Dutch media now, but the government is not commenting on it. The UK has previously accused two alleged Russian spies with attempting to murder ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, and likely accidentally killing a British woman who handled a discarded container of the Russian-made poison.
A German court jailed a man for five months for performing a nazi salute during the trouble in Chemnitz, when thousands of far-right protesters protested - and sometimes rioted - against immigration. He was also fined 2,000 Euros, which is about AU$3,250.
A senior Boko Haram leader was reportedly killed by his own men according to Nigerian media and other sources. Mamman Nur led one of the three factions that make up the terrorist army in Nigeria, and might have been assassinated over the kidnapping and quick release of a group of high schoolgirls earlier this year. Boko Haram has killed thousands and displaced millions in its quest to create an Islamic caliphate in northeastern Nigeria over the years; it gained international notoriety for the 2014 mass kidnapping of 276 girls from the Chibok boarding school; 112 are still missing.
At least 39 houses exploded and burned north of Boston, Massachusetts, killing one man and injuring at least 25 more people. Officials suspect a massive increase in pressure on natural gas lines is responsible, turning pilot lights on stoves and water heaters into blow torches.