World News Briefs For Thursday, 7 November 2019
Howdy Australia!! - One arrest in the gruesome murder of an American family in Mexico - Money for refugees was allegedly spent on a UN official's affair - A Hong Kong politician is stabbed on video - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
Authorities in Mexico confirm they arrested one suspect in the Mormon Massacre in Sonora state in which suspected drug cartel members ambushed a convoy of vehicles and murdered three women and six children with dual US-Mexican citizenship. The victims - ranging in age from eight months to twelve years for the children and 29 to 43 years for the adults - were members of the LeBaron family, a formerly polygamist family that left the US decades ago but have had brushes with the cartels in recent years. The suspect was apparently not directly involved with opening fire on the LeBarons, but was arrested allegedly holding two unidentified people for ransom. Other details of Monday's slaughter are coming out, such as a six month old baby girl surviving on the floor of one of the bullet-ridden vehicles; and a 13-year old boy who reportedly helped some other children hide from the gunmen and then walked for several hours to get help.
A second US diplomat has testified to have first hand knowledge of Donald Trump's quid pro quo in Ukraine, in which US military aid would be used to pay for a political hit against Trump's rival Joe Biden. The testimony of Ambassador Bill Taylor - Trump's top diplomat in Ukraine - to US Congressional impeachment investigator bolsters that of nearly a dozen fellow witnesses to Trump's illegal actions. And it comes a day after Congress revealed that Trump's former Syrian envoy Gordon Sondland had revised his testimony to admit that there was "quid pro quo" in Trump's dealings with Ukraine. Meanwhile, us lawmakers directing the impeachment said that public testimony will begin next week.
Trump said talks he is hosting "went well" as Ethiopia, Egypt, and Sudan discussed the Great Ethiopian Dam, now under construction. But Ethiopia said it is incorrect to say the talks are a negotiation, and nothing will stop it from building the dam on the Blue Nile River - which feeds the Nile River. Egypt gets 90 percent of its water from the Nile and is concerned with anything that might reduce the mighty river's flow through the desert. The international community fears the three African powers could get into a war over the precious resource.
The head of the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees has been forced to step down with reports alleging Pierre Krahenbuhl used agency resources to fly his girlfriend - an agency employee - around the world in business class and stay at fine hotels from March 2015 to December last year. The Swiss national has previously strongly denied allegations of impropriety, but on Wednesday agreed to voluntarily step aside and then just resigned completely. Swiss media reports say the married Krahenbuhl (probably not for long amirite) created the post for the woman with money from the Swiss foreign ministry, which thought the dosh was going to help refugees.
Hong Kong police arrested a man who was captured on video trying to plunge a knife through a pro-Beijing politician. The assailant is seen trying to chat up Junius Ho - a ferociously pro-government politician who has called for the deaths of members of the pro-democracy movement - then producing a knife and stabbing Ho, who says it he only suffered a flesh wound. Ho and his supporters then subdue the man. The Beijing government shows no sign of bending to months of protests demanding more autonomy from the capital, and actually appears to approve of Hong Kong Leader Carrie Lam's handling of the crisis.
Japan is scrapping ten Shinkansen "Bullet Trains" after they were swamped in a train yard that was flooded during Typhoon Hagibis last month. The cost will be almost AU$200 Million. East Japan Railway Company's president Yuji Fukasawa said scrapping the trains "in terms of stability and safety it is appropriate".