World News Briefs For Sunday, 13 May 2018
Happy Mother's Day Australia!! - There are deaths and serious injuries in a stabbing attack in Paris - North Korea wants Japan out of the peace process - The deaths of two cyclists in Mexico were not accidents, police finally admit - And more in your bouquet of CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
Two people are dead in a mass stabbing in Paris. This happened in the Opera district in the Second Arrondissement. Police said, "One victim has died, two are seriously wounded and two are injured slightly." In all, six people were wounded. Witnesses described panic and screams after seeing a "guy with a knife in the streets" who was allegedly covered with blood before police shot and killed him. The area around Rue Saint-Augustin is now closed off and flooded with police. The assailant's identity and motive are not yet known.
North Korea attempted to isolate Japan as it prepares for a summit between Kim Jong-un and the orange clown Donald Trump. Pyongyang's state run news service claimed the abduction issue has already been "settled" and accused Tokyo of undermining warming relations between North Korea and the US: "This is just a mean and foolish behavior to stem the trend of peace on the Korean Peninsula at any cost." Japan accuses North Korea of abducting 17 of its citizens during a period of six years from 1977 to 1983, and accuses North Korea of stonewalling and refusing to provide any information about whether many of the abductees are dead or alive.
Pyongyang also vowed to dismantle its nuclear weapons development site that practically everyone in the world already knows has been rendered useless by seismic activity caused the the repeated detonation of nuclear weapons. The state news agency KCNA reported that "technical measures" to shut down the Punggye-ri site will take place between 23-25 May. That's three weeks before Kim's summit with Trump in Singapore.
Mexico is admitting that two round-the-world bicyclists from Europe were murdered, and didn't "fall" off of a cliff as police had earlier claimed. One of them, Krzysztof Chmielewski of Poland, was found beheaded. So unless he fell onto a knife that was sticking out horizontally, going with the "accidental fall" scenario seems incredibly stupid and willfully negligent. The body of the other man, Holger Hagenbusch from Germany, was found dumped off the same cliff in Chiapas state. A special prosecutor appointed to clean-up the Mexican cops' mess believes the men were murdered during the course of a robbery.
At least 26 people were killed in a massacre in Burundi that journalists in the area suspect was carried out by exiled militias intent on disrupting upcoming national elections. The attackers reported crossed from the Democratic Republic of Congo into Cibitoke province, going from house to house with guns and knives, burning homes and killing people. The referendum could extend President Pierre Nkurunziza's rule until 2034. he came into power after the civil war in 2005, and was constitutionally mandated to step down in 2015. But he didn't, plunging the country into turmoil ever since.
Malaysia is formally barring ex-prime minister Najib Razak from leaving the country. Najib's government cleared him of accusations of diverting US$700 Million from a state investment fund, but new Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad last week said that is going to be reinvestigated.