World News Briefs For Tuesday, 18 February 2020
Hello Australia!! - Ford says it'll stand by Australia - Many Aussies aboard the coronavirus ship will come back this week - A "vile" racist in Downing Street - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
Ford is hinting that it may be able to offer jobs to some of the 600 workers losing theirs because of GM's decision to scuttle the Holden badge and its right-hand drive automobiles. Holden and Ford no longer make cars in Australia. But the blue oval remains Australia's largest automotive employer, with more than 2,000 engineers, designers, and technical and automotive specialists in Victoria - and the company says it is planning to invest another $500 Million in Oz this year. GM yesterday announced that Holden will be winding down by the end of the year.
The federal government will send a Qantas jet to evacuate the Australians trapped in quarantine aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship. The boat has been sitting off Yokohama for two weeks because of the Covid-19 coronavirus. Once they're back in Australia, the passengers can look forward to another two weeks in quarantine in the Northern Territory. "I understand that those who were on board will feel very frustrated about this, as well as their family members," said Prime Minister Scott Morrison, "I am very frustrated about it. But, our first responsibility is that we have to protect the health and safety of Australians in Australia today." 300 or so Americans evacuated yesterday are back in the United States, where they will spend another two weeks in medical segregation one military bases in Texas and California.
Meanwhile, most of the Australians evacuated from Wuhan City and China's Hubei Province finished their two weeks and have been released from quarantine on Christmas Island.
German police broke up a far-right terrorist plot to stage attacks on mosques, politicians, and asylums seekers. Local media reports that the group calling itself Der harte Kern (The Hard Core) was patterning its terrorism on the New Zealand Mosque attack last year. Kriminalpolizei rounded twelve men last week - four founders of the group and eight who are suspected of providing money, weapons, and other support. A ninth suspect is reportedly on the run.
An adviser to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has resigned over a series of incredibly disgusting, racist and sexist comments made prior to his hiring. Andrew Sabisky said he wanted "not to be a distraction". Labour had called for Sabisky to go for claiming black Americans had lower IQs than whites, for embracing eugenics by calling for mandatory contraception to prevent "creating a permanent underclass", and for comparing Women's athletics to the Paralympics. Rather than repudiate a flat-out racist working in Number 10, a spokesman for Johnson said, "The prime minister's views on a range of subjects are well publicized and documented." Labour Party chairman Ian Lavery said, "Boris Johnson has serious questions to answer about how this appointment was made and whether he agrees with his vile views."
The last president of apartheid-era South Africa, FW de Klerk, has been forced to withdraw comments that refused to equate apartheid with crimes against humanity. Earlier, the 83-year old claimed that such comparisons were "agitprop" by the "Soviets and their ANC/SACP allies to stigmatize white South Africans". Okay, that set off a lot of talk, none of it good for de Klerk. On Monday, his foundation said "this is not the time to quibble about the degrees of unacceptability of apartheid. It was totally unacceptable" and reiterated its support for The Rome Statute which does say South Africa's former racial segregation policy was a crime against humanity. Mr. de Klerk shared a Nobel Peace Prize for helping to end apartheid and actually served as Deputy President under Nelson Mandela during the transition.
A suicide bomber killed eight people and wounded 16 others in Pakistan's restive Baluchistan province. That attacker targeted an Islamist rally where dozens of supporters for a Sunni militant group had gathered. Several police officers were among those killed.
And in Burkina Faso, suspected Islamist gunmen killed 24 people and wounded 18 in an attack on a Protestant church.