World News Briefs For Saturday, 9 February 2019
Hello Australia!! - Tragedy strikes one of Brazil's most popular football clubs - A royal threatens to upset Thai politics - An effort to stop FGM is thwarted by a Tory - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
At least ten teenage footballers were killed when fire swept the dormitory of the youth team training center of Flamengo football club in Rio de Janeiro, one of Brazil's biggest football clubs. Club president Rodolfo Landim told reporters this was "without a doubt the worst tragedy this club has been through" in its 123-year history. One of the survivors said the fire started in a malfunctioning air conditioning unit.
Thailand's king Vajiralongkorn has come out strongly against his sister's bid to become the new prime minister, calling it "inappropriate". It's a very rare rebuke within the royal family, which tends to stay out of politics. The populist party allied with exiled former PM Thaksin Shinawatra and his sister Yingluck who was ousted by a coup in 2014 has endorsed Ubol Ratana, the MIT-educated former princess who gave up her title when she married an American in the 1970s. The general who overthrew Yingluck, Prayath Chan-Ocha, is running for OM in the 29 March poll, which is viewed as Thailand's first glimmer of democracy since the coup.
Outrage in England after a senior Tory MP blocked legislation that would have allowed more ways to protect children from female genital mutilation (FGM). Sir Christopher Chope, who was granted a knighthood by PM Theresa May last year, is also known for blocking legislation to criminalize "upskirting". The 71-year old's latest move will delay the FGM legislation through the approval process for at least a month. "It's unacceptable that this dinosaur of a Tory MP consistently gets away with blocking new laws to protect the safety and rights of women," said Labour's shadow minister for Women Dawn Butler, "This makes it even more shocking that he was given a knighthood by Theresa May last year. Christopher Chope is causing shame and embarrassment for the Tories but also for the country and it's time for the Tories to show they really care about these issues by stripping him of the whip."
A female MP in Tanzania is insisting the male MPs be inspected for circumcision to prevent the spread of the HIV virus which causes AIDS. It is a major public health threat in the African nation, and the UN World Health Organization (WHO) says circumcision reduces the risk of heterosexual men contracting HIV by around 60 percent. Jackline Ngonyani said any MPs found not to have been circumcised should be required to undergo the procedure.
The government warned Australian embassies to upgrade travel warnings and boost security just before Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced he'd move the Australian Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. In a communique obtained by the ABC marked "sensitive" and "protected", Foreign Affairs Department Deputy Secretary Tony Sheehan warned: "All posts are requested to closely monitor the security environment and threat levels and to take appropriate security precautions." Sheehan was previously Australia's counter-terrorism coordinator and deputy director of domestic spy agency ASIO.
A body pulled from the wreck of a Cessna that crashed in the English Channel is confirmed to be that of Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala, who disappeared on 21 January en route to his new team Cardiff.
A court in Canada sentenced 29-year old Alexandre Bissonnette to life in prison for murdering six people in a gun rampage on a Quebec mosque two years ago. He'll be eligible for parole in 35 to 40 years.