World News Briefs For Saturday, 7 December 2019
Hello Australia!! - Elon Musk beats a lawsuit - Another shooting at a US military base - Merkel makes a pilgrimage - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
Tesla and SpaceX chief Elon Musk has been found not guilty of defaming a UK caver by calling him a "pedo guy". Vernon Unsworth is one of the heroes who rescued twelve Thai boys from a flooded cave in June 2018. Musk offered the use of a miniature submarine, Unsworth belittled the idea, Musk called him a "pedo guy" on Twitter, Unsworth sued in Los Angeles. But the jury said there wasn't a lot of evidence that the insult actually harmed Mr. Unsworth and came back with the "not guilty" verdict after less than an hour of deliberating. Unsworth's attorney said the verdict "sends a signal, and one signal only - that you can make any accusation you want to, as vile as it may be and as untrue as it may be, and somebody can get away with it". Musk said his faith in humanity was restored.
A Saudi Arabian soldier shot and killed three people at the US Navy airbase Pensacola NAS in Florida before he was shot dead by security. Mohammed Saeed al-Shamrani wasn't supposed to have a handgun as unauthorized firearms are actually banned on US military bases. Authorities are looking into reports that the Saudi soldier training in the US had previously written about his hatred of America. The training center is closed for the investigation.
The Pensacola shooting was the second such incident at a US Naval Base this week. Investigators are still working out the motive of 22-year old sailor Gabriel Antonio Romero, who shot and killed two civilian base workers reportedly with his M4 service rifle before he reportedly shot himself with his pistol. Hawaii News Now reported that Romero had disciplinary problems at work and had been enrolled in anger management classes.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited the former nazi death camp Auschwitz for the first time while in office. She used the occasion to condemn a steep rise in anti-Semitic hate crimes in Germany - crimes targeting Jews leaped by nearly 20 percent from 2017 to 2018. Ms. Merkel also increased the German government's contribution to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation foundation to nearly AU$100 Million to keep the site preserved for history.
Saudi Arabia's state-owned oil giant Saudi Aramco has raised a record US$25.6 Billion in its initial public offering in Riyadh. The share sale was the biggest to date, surpassing that of China's Alibaba which raised US$25 Billion in 2014 in New York.
Indian police shot and killed four men suspected of raping and murdering a woman as she was walking to court to testify against two of them in an earlier rape case. Investigators had removed the suspects from detention to take them back to the crime scene in Hyderabad, and claim the men tried to take the officers' guns and escape. Rights groups doubt this scenario: "Extrajudicial killings are not a solution to preventing rape," said Avinash Kumar of Amnesty International India.
Labor and social leaders are calling for another day of mass demonstrations across France to protest President Emmanuel Macron's proposed neo-liberal "reforms" to pensions and the retirement age. Friday's protests were as raucous as Thursday's, and the business community is openly worrying that France's largest Labor action in decades will put a damper on holiday retail sales and related commerce.