World News Briefs For Sunday, 8 September 2019
Hello Australia!! - An Iranian oil tanker apparent makes it to Syria - The public will appears to demand legal abortion in NSW - The mayor of Rio's questionable priorities - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
Despite a loud protest against abortion outside a Liberal Party meeting in Sydney on Saturday, new polling suggests the vast majority of New South Wales residents want it decriminalized. The poll of more than a thousand voting adults was commissioned by NSW Pro-Choice Alliance and conducted by the Online Research Unit. It found that 77 percent of those responding to the poll believe abortion needs to be decriminalized - including 72 percent of the Liberal voters and 83 percent of the Nationals who said the law should be changed.
Last month, New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian caved in to pressure from opponents of women's reproductive rights and delayed a bill to decriminalize; it's a conundrum for lawmakers because of the zealous protests demanding they "ditch the bill", and now polling says about a third of Liberal and half of National voters will not vote to reelect their state MPs if they fail to decriminalize.
Prosecutors in El Salvador are appealing a verdict that cleared a young woman of murdering her infant after she miscarried in a toilet a few years ago. The case of Evelyn Hernandez, now 21, gained international attention because of what is seen was the disproportionate and draconian use of the country's strict anti-abortion laws against lower income women. Amnesty International says the decision to appeal justice is "appalling" and called on the government to "end the shameful and discriminatory practice of criminalizing women".
The Iranian oil tanker seized by British commandos before a Gibraltar court ordered its release has been sighted off of Syria. The Brits commandeers the tank at the request of the US in July on suspicions it was violating international trade sanctions, but the court said it could go on the condition that it not take its cargo to Syria. The satellite photos by a private surveillance company do not confirm is it is indeed off-loading oil to the Bashar al-Assad regime. Meanwhile, Iran has yet to release a British pol tanker it had commandeered in the Strait of Hormuz in retaliation for the British action two months ago.
UK opposition MPs are joined by Conservative Party rebels in preparing legal action in case Prime Minister Boris Johnson refuses to seek a delay to Brexit. A bill requiring the PM to seek a three-month delay from the European Union is about to gain royal assent, but Johnson last week said he'd father be "dead in a ditch" than do so. "We need a clear statement from the prime minister that he is going to abide by that act of Parliament," said Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn amid speculation that Number Ten is trying to find a loophole to get out of obeying the law.
A judge in Brazil blocked Rio De Janeiro's mayor from confiscating copies of the latest X-Man comic book. Mayor Marcelo Crivella, an evangelical bishop, had demanded the comic be withdrawn from a book fair because two male characters were drawn kissing. That's right, the Amazon Rainforest is suffering a fourth straight month of deforestation because of this year's bushfires, the economy is receding, and the country's international relations are suffering under far-right president Jair Bolsonaro's belligerence - but this guy is upset over a comic book. Even if a judge hadn't granted an injunction against the mayor, any attempt to confiscate the comics would gave been futile because every copy was quickly bought up as soon as word got out that Crivella wanted to ban it.