World News Briefs For Sunday, 17 Nov 2019
Hello Australia!! - The Measles forces drastic steps in Samoa - Prince Andrew denies meeting his accuser - Cops are accused of a post-coup "massacre" - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
Samoa has declared a State of Emergency over the measles outbreak suspected of killing at least seven people continues to spread. In an attempt to stop the potentially deadly virus from spreading further, the government is: Ordering everyone to get the measles vaccine; Asking people under 17 years old to abstain from large public gatherings; and closing all schools until at least 25 November, including the National University of Samoa. Late last week, American Samoa declared a public health emergency over measles, and is requiring everyone travelling from Tonga and Samoa to the US territory to provide proof of measles immunization as a condition of entry.
Prince Andrew claims he cannot recall ever meeting Virginia Roberts Giuffre, the American woman who accuses him of having sex with her three times when she was an underage teen. "I have no recollection of ever meeting this lady," Andrew told the BBC in his first interview on the subject, "None whatsoever." Andrew is seen in a well-circulated 2001 photo with his arm around the then-17-year old girl, when she says she was the "sex slave" of US millionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, who was found hanged to death in his prison cell earlier this year.
Andrew in the same interview admits he was wrong to maintain a friendship with Epstein after than man was convicted of child sex offenses in 2008. A video released by the UK's right-wing Daily Telegraph tabloid purports to show a man it identifies as Prince Andrew at Epstein's Manhattan mansion in 2010. Andrew said, "I kick myself for on a daily basis because it was not something that was becoming of a member of the royal family and we try and uphold the highest standards and practices and I let the side down, simple as that."
Moving along to strife..
Bolivian cops are believed to have shot and killed at least five people as Indigenous Bolivians increase their opposition to the coup d'etat that forced President Evo Morales, the country's first Indigenous leader, to flee the country. Witnesses said police opened fire on protesters - hitting dozens - as they tried to cross a military checkpoint near the city of Cochabamba where Morales supporters and foes have clashed for weeks. From exile in Mexico, Evo warned there had been "a massacre". Bolivia's ombudsman is calling on the interim government to investigate. But it is really up in the air if an impartial investigation could occur under the circumstances - especially since the government is led by self-declared "president" Jeanine Anez, who has a history of vile, racist tweets declaring Indigenous people to be "satanic".
The Bolivian police' heavy handed tactics were revealed to the world as the tear gassed an Al Jazeera correspondent in the middle of her live report from the city of La Paz: "I was just thrown tear gas by the police, on purpose," reporter Teresa Bo relayed to views despite the pain, "This is what is happening in the middle of a plaza where people have been protesting peacefully. A police officer just threw tear gas in my eyes. It is extremely difficult to speak. Very, very sorry." Instead of backing Ms. Bo or at least telling their viewers what happened, most Western new outlets ignored the story. So, CareerSpot News readers are a leg up on the rest. We try.
More strife, different continent..
Paris cops clashed with protesters on the first anniversary of the Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vest) demonstrations. The 53rd weekend of protests began with the gilets jaunes blocking the French capital's main ring road, moving into the ritzy retail neighborhood near the Champs Elysees, Arc de Triomphe, and other French words I can barely pronounce. Other cities had demonstrations that focused opposition to the government's out of touch, pro-business attitude and indifference to the daily worries of the working and middle classes and anyone else who doesn't live in one of Paris' wealthiest arrondissements.
On the 30th anniversary of the end of Soviet influence over Prague, a quarter million protesters used the remembrance to deliver an ultimatum to their billionaire Prime Minister Andrej Babis - sell your business by 31 December or quit your job. It's the second massive anti-Babis protest at Letna park, the scene of equally massive gatherings in 1989 that greatly contributed to the "Velvet Revolution". Babis was required to transfer ownership of his businesses that includes a conglomerate of some 250 companies and two major newspapers to two trust funds in February 2017 - almost two years later, he hasn't.