World News Briefs For Sunday, 24 March 2019
Hello Australia!! - More than a Million march against the Brexit - Streisand gets in trouble over Michael Jackson - The end of the so-called Islamic State - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
The pressure on Theresa May over the Brexit grew as more than one million people rallied in London to demand that she hold another referendum on whether the UK should continue pursuing its shambolic divorce from the European Union. Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon told the giant crowd in Parliament Square that Ms. May "and her government have proved completely incapable of delivering on the result of the 2016 vote, which is why it is right that this should now go back to the people". Anna Soubry of The Independent Group - crossbenchers opposed to the Brexit madness - urged her parliamentary colleagues to "put your country first, get into the lobbies and vote for a People's vote". Labour deputy leader Tom Watson undercut the PM with the crowd-pleaser, "Theresa May: you don't speak for us."
The online petition calling on May to revoke Article 50 and cancel the Brexit has passed 4.5 million signatures, making it the most popular to be submitted to the Parliament website. The woman who started the petition has been getting death threats was forced to delete her Facebook account after she was subjected to a "torrent of abuse" on social media. "Who wants Brexit so much that they are prepared to kill for it?" asked Margaret Georgiadou. The petition has proven so popular that the website crashed several times. Conspiracy theorists saw that as proof that either the government was trying to stop people from signing, or foreign "bots" had hijacked it; in truth, the government says 96 percent of the signatures were from the UK.
Theresa May has repeatedly stated she will not revoke Article 50, nor have another public referendum on the Brexit - which critics say is ridiculous and anti-democratic because the first referendum was held before there was any negotiations or plan, and she's asking for a third Commons vote on the plan that MPs already rejected twice before.
The West and its militia allies in Syria have declared victory over the so-called Islamic State after routing the last fighters from a tiny patch of land near the Iraq border. That's all that was left of the "caliphate", after a brief time as a land-occupying force. Experts warn that IS is still capable of striking out as a terrorist group as it does daily in Iraq, and the conditions that allowed it to exist - instability, corruption, poverty, societal divisions - are still there.
French police and military troops clashed with demonstrators on the 19th consecutive week of the Gilet Jaunes, or Yellow Vest, protests. In Paris, the government deployed elite Operation Sentinelle anti-terrorism troops to prevent the Yellow Vests from getting onto the Champs Elysees, where several upscale shops and restaurants were sacked and vandalized last week. Lille, Strasbourg, Toulouse, and Montpellier also reported clashes.
Helicopters are evacuating 1,300 or so passengers from the MV Viking Sky off the coast of Norway, after it suffered engine problems amid high waves and strong wind. The Viking Ocean Cruises ship had its maiden voyage only two years ago.
The number of dead from Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi rose to at least 615 lives lost. Officials say more and more bodies are being recovered as flood waters recede. "Tragically, we know that the full picture of this disaster is probably even worse than it seems now," said Elhadj As Sy, secretary general of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. "The death toll will probably rise further as more and more areas are reached and as more and more bodies are recovered."
Barbra Streisand is getting roasted on social media after she appeared to downplay the accusations of two men who say they were repeatedly sexually abused by Michael Jackson when they were seven- and ten-year old children in his entourage. Streisand said the abuse "didn't kill" the accusers and that they were "were thrilled to be there" (not the point, Barbra, children can't consent). The charges were detailed in the documentary "Leaving Neverland", whose director Dan Reed tweeted, "Did you really say that?" to Streisand. A day later Streisand clarified her remarks, saying she "absolutely believed" the men and feels "nothing but sympathy for them".
Italy has become the first G7 country to join China's global investment projects, which some have likened to a "new Silk Road". The influx of Chinese cash is meant to help nations modernize ports and other infrastructure to speed the flow of Chinese goods into their marketplaces. In this case, Beijing will be buying into the ports of Trieste and Genoa - and Rome's allies are concerned with the influence that's coming with that dosh.