World News Briefs For Saturday, 3 November 2018
Hello Australia!! - The US tries to turn back the clock on Iran - The "father of the Taliban" is killed - Video captures a bus's horror crash and the fight that caused it - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
The US will reinstate all US economic sanctions on Iran that were previously removed under the 2015 international nuclear deal that kept Tehran from getting nuclear weapons, also known by the acronym Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The sanctions will take effect on 5 November and hit 700 individuals and entities in Iran's financial, shipping, and energy sectors. The White House has a list of a dozen demands on Iran which include ending military involvement in Syria and in the proxy war in Yemen.
Despite the US sanctions, major Western powers vow to continue legitimate trade with Iran, which they consider to be the reward for all parties in the international nuclear deal: "The JCPOA is a key element of of global nuclear nonproliferation architecture and of multilateral diplomacy," read a joint statement from US allies Germany, France, and the UK, "It is our aim to protect European economic operators engaged in legitimate business with Iran, in accordance with EU law." Interestingly, the US sanctions will excuse Iranian oil sales to US allies Japan, India, South Korea, Italy, and Turkey - all countries that have either shown fealty to Donald Trump or embraced conservative authoritarianism. European nations that maintain loyalty to freedom and democracy so far will not enjoy this.
The order to kill Saudi Arabian dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi came from the "highest levels" of the Saudi government, says Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan - although he says King Salman probably didn't know. Western intelligence sources believe that Salman's son Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman gave the order. The Saudis have given shifting explanations for the murder of Khashoggi in their consulate in Istanbul on 2 October and have arrested 18 people, but deny top level links to the crime. Turkish presidential adviser Yasin Aktay claimed - without providing proof - that the killers dissolved the body in acid after cutting it up to conceal all evidence of the crime. Writing in an editorial run in five newspapers, Khashoggi's Turkish fiancee Hatice Cengiz called on world leaders to "bring the perpetrators to justice".
The "Father of the Taliban" was stabbed to death by unknown attackers in his home in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Maulana Sami ul Haq's seminary taught Islamic fundamentalism to the Taliban fighters who battled Soviet occupiers in the 1980s, led a murderous and repressive fundamentalist government in the 1990s, and provided shelter for the 9/11 plotters until the US invasion. Sami ul Haq's other pet project was Pakistan's Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) party which seeks the same sort of iron rule in that country. The Haqqani network is considered to be a terrorist group by the West.
Israel is welcoming incoming Brazil's incoming far-right president Jair Bolsonaro's announcement that he'd move his country's embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called it "historic, correct"; the Palestinian Authority said the decision is "provocative and illegal".
Nigeria's military is using Donald Trump's words to justify shooting protesters. Trump this week claimed the US troops going to the southern border to stop a caravan of migrants would open fire if the migrants started to throw rocks (I don't know why they would, they seem to like America enough to want to live there). "When they throw rocks, consider it as a rifle," says Trump in a video used by the Nigerian military. Since the weekend, Amnesty International says Nigerian forces have killed 45 people in raucous protests in the capital Abuja. The US Embassy there actually urged Nigeria to "hold accountable those responsible for violations of Nigerian law".
Japan may change its laws to accept more foreign workers to address a labor shortage, according to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. This would mostly impact the workers in the construction, farming and healthcare sectors.
China released stunning video which showed a deadly bus crash off of a bridge was caused by a fistfight between a female passenger and the bus driver. The two punch each other, as seen on CCTV video, and another vehicle's dash cam shows the bus crossing traffic and crashing through the bridge's barrier and into Yangtze River in Chongqing. All 15 people on board are dead or missing.
Famously foul-tempered thespian Alec Baldwin got arrested for allegedly punching a guy over a parking space on a New York City street.