World News Briefs For Sunday, 4 November 2018
Hello Australia!! - A Christian woman reviled by Muslim protesters calling for her lynching appears to be on her own in Pakistan - Sister Pat leaves the Philippines - Ireland's PM says the Brexit is complicating Northern Ireland's peace - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
The lawyer for the Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy in Pakistan has fled the country as Islamic fundamentalist protests heat up. Saif Mulook told western journalists that he had to go in order to keep representing Asia Bibi, whose 2009 conviction and death sentence was overturned by judges on Wednesday: "I need to stay alive as I still have to fight the legal battle for Asia Bibi." Since then, the Pakistani government has tried to placate the fundamentalists by forbidding Ms. Bibi from leaving the country for her own safety - something campaigners have condemned as a "death sentence".
Mourners expressed sorrow and anger at the funerals for some of the seven Coptic Christians gunned down by so-called Islamic State terrorists in Egypt on Friday. Egypt's Copts says predominantly Muslim authorities make only token gestures to protect them from such attacks.
The Lion Air crash into the Java Sea has claimed another life: 48-year old diver Syachrul Anto died while searching for the 189 victims of the crash last Monday. Earlier pilots of the brand new Boeing 737 Max complained about technical problems the day before the plane crashed just 13 minutes after take off from Jakarta. So far, one of the black box flight recorders has been retrieved, and the fuselage and engines have been located on the sea floor.
Roman Catholic nun Sister Patricia Fox left the Philippines last night for her native Australia, booted out of the country she had ministered to for decades because she had criticized the government of strongman Rodrigo Duterte. She was accompanied to the airport by some 200 human rights activists who chanted, "Duterte, expel him, Sister Pat, bring her back!" Sr. Pat urged Duterte to listen to his citizens: "I hope (Duterte) listens to the voice of the little people, not just the military, not just the businessmen, but the farmers, the workers, the tribal folk," she said. Duterte's so-called "war on drugs" has claimed more than 12,000 lives she he came into power in 2016.
NATO says a US soldier was killed in an "insider attack" in Kabul, Afghanistan. The assailant, an Afghan soldier, was instantly killed by other Afghani troops at the scene. Last month, US Gen Scott Miller escaped unhurt in a similar attack which took the lives of two Afghan security officials.
A United Nations aid convoy has finally reached a refugee camp in Syria where some 50,000 had been cut off from the world by Syrian troops since January. It is believed that 80 percent of the people crammed into tents and mud huts at Rukban are women and children, and pregnant women have been forced to give birth with no medical care at all. There have also been reports of children dying due to poor sanitary conditions.
Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says the Brexit is "undermining" the Good Friday Peace Accords (GFA) as well as "fraying" the general Dublin-London relationship. This is mainly over concerns about what happens with the Northern Ireland border with the Republican of Ireland once the UK leaves the European Union next March; there hasn't been a lot of progress in working out customs arrangements or anything else for that matter. "Anything that pulls the communities apart in Northern Ireland undermines the Good Friday Agreement, and anything that pulls Britain and Ireland apart undermines that relationship," said Mr. Varadkar. Earlier, another official in Dublin said a return to a hard border threatened the peace process. The GFA reached in 1998 largely put an end to sectarian violence in the British-occupied north.
Chile is protesting after France granted political asylum to Ricardo Palma Salamanca, who was convicted of killing a former official in the bloodthirsty fascist dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet in 1991. Mr. Palma Salamanca had escaped from prison in 1996 and fled Chile, which then began to consider him a "terrorist". The Chilean government is asking France to "revoke this decision", complaining that the decision to grant asylum under the Geneva Convention doesn't wash because the modern Chilean state is fully Democratic and recognized by Paris.