World News Briefs For Sunday, 11 March 2018
Hello Australia!! - Rebels are abandoning Ghouta as the Syrian army move in - A US combat vet kills three at a veterans home - The doctors who say they already have enough money - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
The Syrian army has advanced through East Ghouta capturing the key central town of Misraba. This effectively splits the rebel enclave into three zones, each controlled by a different faction. Two insurgent groups said they staged counter-attacks but some opposition forces had evacuated the area on Friday, abandoning the almost 400,000 civilians who had been trapped their to the Syrian government. More than 960 civilians have been killed in the siege of East Ghouta since the Syrians and Russians began this assault in February.
A decorated US military veteran with an assault weapon and tactical armor killed three women and himself at a Northern California veteran's facility after a lengthy hostage standoff. The Pathway Home, part of America's largest veterans' care facility in the idyllic town of Yountville, had been treated 36-year old Albert Wong of Sacramento for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). However, one of the victims - a therapist - had asked him to leave the program a few weeks ago. The other murdered women were a psychiatrist and an administrator. Despite dealing with PTSD, Wong was legally able to own firearms and worked as a security guard and private investigator.
America's National Rifle Association (NRA) is suing Florida after state lawmakers passed a weak sauce gun control law and the governor signed it. The bill bans so-called bump stocks that allow semi-automatic assault weapons to fire like machine guns, and raises the minimum age to purchase rifles from 18 to 21. The NRA says the age restriction discriminates against "an entire class of law-abiding, responsible citizens from fully exercising the right to keep and bear arms-namely, adults who have reached the age of 18 but are not yet 21". The Florida law also contains a long-time NRA goal of arming and training teachers and school personnel.
Doctors in Quebec are rejecting a pay raise and asking the money be given to nurses and used to upgrade the health care infrastructure in the Francophone Canadian province. Nearly 800 medical professionals and students signed an open letter that read in part, "We, Quebec doctors, are asking that the salary increases granted to physicians be cancelled and that the resources of the system be better distributed for the good of the healthcare workers and to provide health services worthy to the people of Quebec." It comes in a dispute over "draconian" budget cuts that have left nurses, orderlies, and others overworked and underpaid while slashing at patient services.
Uruguay says it will extradite Rocco Morabito back to Italy. He's the suspected head of the 'Ndrangheta mafia group, known to cops as the "cocaine king of Milan". Morabito has been living in Punta del este for 20 years under an assumed named. His lawyer says they will attempt to fight extradition.
One of outgoing Chilean President Michelle Bachelet's last acts was to sign a new law creating nine marine reserves along the long, thin South American country's coastline. "Who we are and who we can be, is inevitably tied up with our 6,400-kilometre coast. This is why it is so important to understand that the sea is vital for our national development," President Bachelet said. She leaves an incredible environmental legacy, having already created a vast network of protect nature areas on land, and a large conservation area around Easter Island.