World News Briefs For Tuesday, 26 November 2019
Hello Australia!! - A big change at a big Aussie bank - The country making big moves to stop domestic violence (and one that's not) - A billion-dollar rip-off - What will Beijing make of Hong Kong's pro-democracy landslide? - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
Westpac chief executive Brian Hartzer will step down from 2 December. This comes after the financial watchdog AUSTRAC accused the bank of 23 million breaches of anti-money laundering laws. The accusations include failing to adequately monitor the accounts of a convicted child sex offender who was regularly sending money to the Philippines. The ABC reports that Mr. Hartzler survived an internal emergency board meeting last week, but pressure from politicians and shareholders on the outside of the C-Suite forced the bank's hand.
A group of more than 60 doctors have signed an open letter to the British home secretary warning that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange could die inside London's high-security Belmarsh prison, and are urging he be moved to a hospital. Concerns about Assange's health has grown as he is jailed on charges related to his decision to skip bail and take refuge inside the Ecuadorian Embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden (for a sex assault case that has been dropped for a third time). But Assange could still be extradited to the United States, where he faces up to 175 years in prison for his role in publishing US classified documents exposing U.S. war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan.
A court in Argentina sentenced Roman Catholic priests Horacio Corbacho and Nicola Corradi to more than 40 years in prison for sexually abusing deaf children at a church school in wine-making Mendoza province from 2003 - 2016. Fr. Corradi was investigated but never charged in a sex abuse scandal in Italy in the 1970s. The school's gardener was also sentenced to 18 years in prison in the same case.
In Chile, photojournalist Albertina Martinez Burgos was found stabbed and beaten to death Thursday at her home in the capital Santiago. The 38-year-old journalist was documenting police repression against anti-government protesters, particularly violence against women. Many of her recent photographs of the ongoing massive demonstrations against Chilean President Sebastian Pinera have reportedly gone missing.
Spain's far-right Vox party refused to to sign an all-party declaration condemning violence against women on Monday, with one far right knucklehead going as far as to use an event against gender violence to advocate for abolishing the country's law aimed at protecting women. Javier Ortega Smith, a member of both Madrid city council and the national parliament, claimed the declaration addressed only one side of domestic violence and said, "there are also men who suffer violence from women and are killed by their wives." It was an extraordinarily obstinate and stupid statement because there is no rash of men being killed by women while at least 52 women were killed by their partners in Spain just this year - 1,024 since 2003. The move proved embarrassing for the center-right People's Party which for some reason trusted the far right to do the sane thing.
Meanwhile, France's government on Monday pledged dozens of reforms to combat violence against women. This includes: seizing firearms from abusive spouses; better training police as part of a broad national plan to reduce the number of women killed by their partners; electronic monitoring bracelets for abusers; and 1,000 new places in shelters for battered women. President Emmanuel Macron described the country's high domestic violence rates as "France's shame".
Pro-democracy candidates cruised to an overwhelming victory in Hong Kong's local council elections. Winning 85 percent of the seats in the district councils, the results apparently caught Beijing off guard. But the first reactions from the Chinese capital were not encouraging: Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the results wouldn't change the fact that Hong Kong is part of China, and Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said, "Hong Kong is China's Hong Kong. It is purely the internal affairs of China." State-run China Daily wrote that it's "hard to imagine how many people's opinions the election result represents" given the violence that occurred in the past few weeks. Just FYI, the turnout was a record high.
A truckee from Northern Ireland has pleaded guilty to lesser charges after 39 Vietnamese migrants were found dead in the back of his truck near Essex, UK. Prosecutors had originally charged 25-year old Maurice Robinson with 39 counts of manslaughter - he copped to plotting to assist illegal immigration and acquiring criminal property. The investigation does not stop here and authorities are seeking more information on the human trafficking ring that brought the 39 to their end in Essex.
German are searching for the bold thieves who made off with priceless diamonds and other historic treasures from the "Green Vault" state museum in Dresden, Germany. The gang apparently disabled one alarm system, although others were functional; it gave them enough time to rush in, bash open the display cases, and make off with jewels with almost US$1 Billion.
BABY GIRAFFE ALERT!! At the Cincinnati Zoo.