World News Briefs For Sunday, 8 October 2017
Hello Australia!! - Russian forces crack down on Putin's opponents - Spaniards and Catalans call for unity - Merkel finds a path forward - Myanmar's horror isn't done yet - And more in your CareerSpot Global News:
Russian security forces arrested at least 260 supporters of opposition leader Alexei Navalny who were protesting the rule of Vladimir Putin in demonstrations planned to coincide with the Russian President's birthday. Cops broke woman's leg as protesters yelled "Putin is a thief!" and "Down with the Tsar!"; blood could be streaming down the forehead of another woman. Last week, Navalny himself was sentenced to 20 days in prison for organizing "unsanctioned public rallies" - it's the third time the 41-year old anti-corruption lawyer has been jailed since March. He plans to stand against Putin in next year's elections.
With Catalan leaders set to declare independence from Spain on Tuesday, tens of thousands rallied in Madrid and Barcelona calling on the two sides to negotiate an end to the rift. Organizers asked people to leave their flags at home and to wear white. "We have to find a new way forward," said Miquel Iceta, the leader of the Catalan arm of the Spanish Socialist party. "It's the moment to listen to the people who are asking for the problem to be solved through an agreement, and without precipitated and unilateral decisions."
New video from Myanmar seems to contradict de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi's claim the military operations against the Rohingya Muslim minority in Rakhine state ended a month ago. The ABC reports that the video shows half-buried corpses, villages burning, and desperate people fleeing through the mountains.
A car collided with pedestrians near the London Natural History Museum, and everyone freaked out. The driver was reportedly arrested. Later, authorities ruled out terrorism, and life went on. Eleven people are still recovering from injuries mind you, but the reporters went away pretty quickly.
The leader of the free world Angela Merkel says she will form a coalition government with the centrist, pro-business Free Democrat party and The Greens. The so-called "Jamaica" alliance is named for the black, yellow and green party colors which match Jamaica's flag. That leaves the Social Democrats as the opposition after last month's election, and the racist fascist scumbag Alternative for Germany party as a voiceless minority without a friend in the government.
Donald Trump seemed to threaten North Korea with military action again, although it's not entirely clear if his Saturday afternoon tweets weren't really aimed at his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, with whom he has been feuding. The orange clown said "Presidents and their administrations have been talking to North Korea for 25 years, agreements made and massive amounts of money paid hasn't worked, agreements violated before the ink was dry, makings fools of U.S. negotiators," and, "Sorry, but only one thing will work!". The clown didn't specify the "one thing". This follows of pattern of returning to the North Korea issue if it has been off the world media's front burner for a few days. California Democratic Party Congressman Ted Lieu fired back and sought to clear up Trump's vague nonsense: "Is that one thing you resigning? I'm sure your generals told you there are zero good military options against North Korea."
Hurricane Nate killed dozens of people in Central America, and has strengthened to a Category Two Cyclone as it approaches the US Gulf Coast near New Orleans. Storm surges are said to be as high as 3.7 meters.
Happy 86th Birthday to South Africa's freedom fighter and retired archbishop Desmond Tutu!