World News Briefs For Thursday, 28 November 2019
Hello Australia!! - UK Tories don't exactly deny accusations of planning to privatize the National Health Service - Trump's own Justice Department debunks his favorite talking points - A country reportedly cancels Eurovision due to homophobia - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
A Bangladeshi court handed seven death sentences to the terrorists who killed 22 people in a notorious cafe massacre in 2016. The defendants - members of local terrorist group Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), and believed to be at least affiliated with the so-called Islamic State - attacked the Holey Artisan cafe in a twelve hour siege in an international district in the capital Dhaka. The victims were predominantly Italian and Japanese. Since the attack, the government has launched an intense crackdown on Islamist groups.
The fight against Ebola in the DR Congo took another hit: Angry residents stormed a UN peacekeepers camp to protest a fatal militia attacks on civilians. It forced the UN World Health Organization (WHO) to temporarily evacuated 49 out of 127 workers; UNICEF also pulled 27 staff, leaving only a dozen in Kivu, the city in the heart of the Ebola outbreak. WHO's director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that every violent incident is a “tragedy” that prolongs the second worst outbreak of the disease ever recorded.
Jeremy Corbyn has got the proof, he says, showing the UK Conservative party plans to serve up the National Health to American profiteers. "The uncensored documents leave Boris Johnson's denials in absolute tatters," Corbyn said while revealing the leaked documents in London. "We have now got evidence that under (prime minister) Boris Johnson the NHS is on the table and will be up for sale. He tried to cover it up in a secret agenda and today it has been exposed." The documents show how prescription drug prices will shoot up in price by thousands of Pounds because US big pharmaceutical companies have demanded "total access" to the consumer market in post-Brexit trade talks. Currently, the NHS (National Health Service) negotiates with the companies to keep those prices way down. The Tories didn't deny the authenticity of the papers, but played them down as readouts from meetings of the UK-US trade and investment working group.
An internal review has blown away some of Donald Trump's favorite talking points: The US Justice Department did not try to put implants in nor spy on Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, as he as repeatedly alleged. The New York Times reports that the review also determined that the FBI didn't act in a politically motivated manner when seeking to wiretap then-Trump campaign aide Carter Page. Both Trump and his Attorney General William Barr have repeated these allegations, but this document will put that and other allegations to rest.
Hungary will not participate in next year's Eurovision contest. And although there was no official reason given, the speculation is that the contest is just "too gay" for the hyper-conservative nation led by far-right autocrat Viktor Orban. The government has been barfing up more homophobic statements recently; Orban has been promoting a "family first" policy that explicity excludes same-sex couples; and earlier this year, a pro-Orban television commentator referred to Eurovision as "a homosexual flotilla".
A Swiss real estate mogul has bought up a bunch of nazi memorabilia - including Hitler's top hat - to keep the items out of the hands of neo-nazi scum. "I wanted to make sure that these pieces wouldn't fall into bad hands, to the wrong side of the story, so I decided to buy them," said Abdallah Chatila, born a Lebanese Christian. Mr, Chatila plays down the purchase, but doing the right thing came with a price tag of about one million dollars (Australian), so good on him. He plans to donate the items to a Jewish organization called the Keren Hayesod-United Israel Appeal group.