World News Briefs For Saturday, 20 April 2019
Hello Australia!! - The Mueller Report isn't enough for Democrats, they want more - A wrongly convicted Perth man is killed in Los Angeles - New troubles in Northern Ireland kill a Journalist - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
US House Democrats say the redacted version of the Mueller Report on Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election leaves most of Congress "in the dark" about what really happened. Thus, the chairman of the House judiciary committee - Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York - issued a subpoena for the full, non-redacted version, ordering US Attorney General William Barr to respond by 1 May. "My committee needs and is entitled to the full version of the report and the underlying evidence consistent with past practice," Nadler said, "The redactions appear to be significant. We have so far seen none of the actual evidence that the Special Counsel developed to make this case." Barr claims he redacted the report to protect open grand jury investigations.
Far from exonerating Donald Trump, as the White House repeatedly claims, the Mueller Report lists at least ten instances of Trump attempting to obstruct justice by ordering underlings to lie to investigators. But at the end of the report, Mueller reports that it is up to Congress to determine if Trump should be held accountable. In many cases, Trump's questionable commands to his staff and secretaries were simply ignored, resulting in no crime committed. It also showed that even if special prosecutor Robert Mueller's team couldn't directly link Trump's campaign to Russian meddlers, the campaign clearly expected to benefit from Russian attempts to swing the election.
A California couple has been sentenced to life in prison for the torture and other abuse of twelve of their 13 children. Authorities found the home of David and Louise Turpin in Perris, CA was filthy with human waste and in poor repair; the children were beaten, starved, and chained.
Andrew Mallard, who spent more than a decade in prison after being wrongly convicted of a murder in West Australia he did not commit, has been killed in a hit-and-run in Los Angeles, CA. The 56-year old Mr. Mallard was struck by a car while walking near Sunset Boulevard early Thursday morning. He was convicted of the 1994 murder of Perth jeweler Pamela Lawrence - but the prosecution had hidden important evidence from his defense team, and it took twelve years of crusading by pols, lawyers, and a journo to get the High Court to overturn the conviction in 2006.
A journalist was killed by stray gunfire in Northern Ireland. 29-year old Lyra McKee died covering police raids on the homes of suspected members of the "New IRA", who reject the 1998 peace deal that ended The Troubles. Sinn Fein has condemned the violence and belittled the gunmen as "so-called dissidents" who carried out "an attack on all the people of this community, an attack on our peace process, and an attack on the Good Friday Agreement". Police are treating McKee's murder as a "terrorist incident". Before she died, McKee described the clashes between police and nationalists as "adbolsute madness".
A wall caved in on a South African church during an Easter service, killing at least 13 people and injuring more than a dozen more. Local officials in eMpangeni in in the coastal province of KwaZulu-Natal believe the building was weakened by torrential rain.
Ukraine presidential election runoff is Sunday (Orthodox Easter isn't until 28 April) and the two candidates traded insults at a televised debate at Kiev's giant Olympic stadium. Incumbent President Petro Poroshenko says his is no job for a political amateur; but comedian Volodymyr Zelensky is widely favored to win, bouyed by voter disgust for rampant corruption.
Cop corrals a runaway donkey on a Chicago-area superhighway.