Australia under fire over alleged abuse of migrants

Here is a round-up of global news developments:

  • Saudi Arabia’s relentless bombings of Yemen have claimed four more lives in the provinces of Sana’a and Sa’ada. Warplanes pounded the residential areas a day after they targeted a food factory in Sana’a, killing 20 civilians there. Nearly 9,600 Yemenis, mostly civilians, have been killed in the Saudi onslaught since March last year.
  • Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Chavushoglu says Ankara is building a strong mechanism with Russia to find a solution to the Syria crisis. Chavushoglu has announced that a Turkish delegation will go to Russia on Wednesday to discuss the issue with Russian authorities.
  • A new survey suggests that more than half of British women have been sexually harassed at work. The study shows almost 80 percent of the women have not reported the incidents to their employers. Nearly one in five respondents said the perpetrators were their direct supervisors.
  • Australian rights activists have called for the public to pressure the government over alleged sexual abuse of asylum seekers in detention centers. British newspaper The Guardian has published files that document over two-thousand abuse cases between May 2013 and October 2015. More than half of the incidents involved children.
  • The US Special Forces have abandoned their military hardware after Daesh terrorists attacked them in eastern Afghanistan. The Daesh offshoot in Afghanistan has released photos of the equipment and weapons, including an American rocket launcher, grenades, and radios. The US has taken a more active role in Afghanistan in recent months.
  • Brazil’s Senate has voted to hold impeachment trial for suspended President Dilma Rousseff. The first female Latin American president will stand trial over accusations of manipulating government records. Rousseff’s opponents say the impeachment process aims to defend democracy and the country’s constitution. She has condemned the push for impeachment as a coup.
  • Clashes have erupted in the Peruvian capital Lima between police and students protesting against alleged corruption in the country’s universities. Security forces have fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd who were trying to reach government buildings. Several people have been injured and many more arrested.
  • At least three people have been killed by forest fires that have been raging for a third day on the Portuguese island of Madeira. The fires, set off in a summer heat wave, have destroyed dozens of homes and a 5 star hotel and forced hundreds of people to flee the area.

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