World News Briefs For Saturday, 30 Nov 2019
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At least two people died in a mass stabbing along the London Bridge in England, and three people are seriously injured. Members of the public fought back against the bearded, black-clad attacker - disarming him - until armed Metro police could arrive seconds later. After a brief fight, officers fired two rounds from those bull-pup rifles that are so common with anti-terror police in Europe, and the suspect was dead at the scene. The incident took the wind out of a political debate with seven of the main political parties, and politicians put campaigning for the 12 December election; but bustling London got back to normal within a few hours while police investigate.
Another mass stabbing in the Netherlands: A man stabbed at least three people at the Hudson's Bay store in the Grote Markt area of The Hague. Police are looking for a man from 45 to 50 years old, wearing a grey track suit.
And in France, police evacuated the Gare du Nord train station in Paris after the discovery of an explosive device in a bag.
Thousands of Amazon workers walked off the job on "Black Friday" and planned to stay out for "Cyber Monday" in a protest over what they say is the deplorable working conditions inside the online retailing giant's fulfillment centers. The powerful Verdi union accused Amazon of "withholding basic rights" from staff and of making them work "under extreme pressure" for "rock-bottom prices". Verdi is demanding a collective labor agreement to ensure "a living wage and good, healthy jobs". The strike covers the warehouses at Leipzig, Bad Hersfeld, Koblenz, Rheinberg, Werne, and Graben.
Activists in France tried to disrupt Amazon's Black Friday activities, surrounding the headquarters in northern Paris and attempting to block truck traffic in and out of fulfillment centers. Environmentalists accuse Amazon of accelerating climate change through its rapid delivery services, which they say contribute to greenhouse gases emissions.
Mexican police want to question the former head of Amazon Mexico after his wife was killed by a hitman in the capital. Abril Perez Sagaon was shot to death in a car in Mexico City in full view of two of her teenage children. She was in the middle of a divorce battle with Juan Carlos Garcia, who was free on bail after an earlier allegation of violence against her. The judge in the earlier case downgraded the charges from attempted murder to domestic abuse even though Garcia was accused of beating her with a baseball bat.
Iraq's embattled prime minister Adel Abdul Mahdi announced he will resign after a brutal crackdown on protesters that has left nearly 400 people dead. The last straw was Thursday's massacre in which security forces shot and killed 40 people in protests in Baghdad and the southern cities of Najaf and Nasiriyah. That prompted the country's top Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani to use his Friday sermon to condemn the government's violence and ask lawmakers to withdraw their support of Abdul Mahdi, who leads a government that protesters consider to be irredeemably corrupt.
Hong Kong police have reopened the city's Polytechnic University after a 13 day battle with pro-democracy protesters. They say they found more than 4,000 petrol bombs and nearly 600 bottles of chemical materials. Police arrested 1,377 just in the PolyU protests.
A court in Seoul, South Korea has sentenced K-pop stars Jung Joon-young and Choi Jong-hoon to six and five years in prison for gang raping drunk unconscious women; they'll also have to perform community service and will be banned from being around children. This is the latest disturbing chapter in a bad year for the K-pop world during which two female stars committed suicide after being subjected to extreme sexual harassment.