World News Briefs For Sunday, 19 May 2019
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Australia Labor leader Bill Shorten is stepping down from that role after losing Saturday's federal election that many expected his party to win. "I wish we could have done this for Bob," he said, referring to former Labor prime minister Bob Hawke, who died two days before the election. "I encourage all Australians, particularly young Australians, never lose faith in the power of individuals to make a difference. Never give up." Prime Minister Scott Morrison calls it his "miracle" election. The Coalition got boosts in Queensland and Tasmania where voters apparently fear that doing something about climate change will cost jobs.
Former US Vice President Joe Biden, the front-runner among Democrats, held the inaugural rally of his 2020 presidential campaign in Philadelphia. Casting himself as the candidate who could unify the nation, the half hour speech was well received by the crowd of 6,000 or so, but light on specifics. Biden made a point of calling out Donald Trump for being America's "Divider in Chief", and for his chaotic attempts at governing that amount to nothing more than power grabs: "I am running to offer our country - Democrats, Republicans and Independents - a different path." Polling puts Biden as Democrats' most-popular candidate, followed by Bernie Sanders, and then 20 more fighting for scraps.
Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz is calling for a snap election after his Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache was forced to resign because of a video in which he appears to solicit money from a Russian backer. Kurz is from the right-wing People's Party and Strache is leader of the far-right and ironically-named Freedom Party. Kurz said it's not the first time he has found it "difficult to swallow" the actions and positions of his xenophobic coalition partners, but Social Democratic leader Thomas Drozda warns that the outrage is only "the tip of the iceberg".
It's the 27th consecutive week of Yellow Vest protests in France, meaning that it's the 26th week of the corporate media claiming the protests are losing steam.
South African police arrested a man who tried to drop-kick Arnold Schwarzenegger at his Arnold Classic Africa sporting event. Video circulating on social media shows the 71-year old actor and former California governor greeting fans when the attacker comes out of nowhere, kicking him in the back. Arnold staggers a bit but doesn't call down, and the man is handed off to authorities. Schwarzenegger didn't appear to be hurt and later tweeted that there was "nothing to worry about".
Thousands rallied for marriage equality in Northern Ireland, the only place in the United Kingdom where it is not legal. Much of the rally seemed to be in tribute of Lyra McKee, the young journalist who was killed in rioting in Derry last month - her partner Sara Canning told the crowd in Belfast that the current situation was "not acceptable", and changing the law would be a "win" for everyone in Northern Ireland. Same-sex marriage is legal in the UK and in the Republic of Ireland where it was famously and overwhelmingly approved by a referendum four years ago. But British Prime Minister Theresa May's NI coalition partners, socially conservative Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), has blocked marriage equality in the six counties.