Jakarta rally calls for tolerance after blasphemy probe
Australia & the Pacific

Jakarta rally calls for tolerance after blasphemy probe

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — More than 10,000 Indonesians took to the streets of their capital to call for tolerance and unity in the world’s most populous Muslim nation, after police opened a blasphemy investigation into the city’s Christian governor. Earlier this month, Jakarta was rocked by a massive protest by conservative Muslims against the popular … Continue reading

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Philippine militants say they abducted German, killed woman
Asia / Australia & the Pacific

Philippine militants say they abducted German, killed woman

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A German kidnapped by Somali pirates eight years ago may now be held captive by Islamic militants in the southern Philippines, the country’s military said Monday, Nov.7, after finding the man’s yacht and a woman’s body inside. Regional military spokesman Maj. Filemon Tan said Abu Sayyaf spokesman Muamar Askali claimed the … Continue reading

Gay rights advocates welcome Australia rejecting public vote
Australia & the Pacific

Gay rights advocates welcome Australia rejecting public vote

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Gay rights advocates on Tuesday, Nov. 8, welcomed Australia’s Senate voting down a government plan to hold a nonbinding public vote on recognizing gay marriage and called on Parliament to legislate for marriage equality soon. The Senate voted 33-29 late Monday against holding the plebiscite Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s conservative government … Continue reading

Court says dictator Marcos can be buried at heroes’ cemetery
Australia & the Pacific

Court says dictator Marcos can be buried at heroes’ cemetery

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines’ Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, Nov.8, that the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos can be buried at a heroes’ cemetery, a decision that opponents said rolled back the democratic triumph of the “people power” revolt that ousted the strongman three decades ago. “While he was not all good,” the 15-member court … Continue reading

Pakistan deports National Geographic’s iconic ‘Afghan Girl’
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Pakistan deports National Geographic’s iconic ‘Afghan Girl’

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan’s president on Wednesday, Nov. 9, welcomed home Sharbat Gulla, National Geographic’s famed green-eyed “Afghan Girl,” just hours after she was deported from Pakistan, the latest in the odyssey of the globally recognized refugee. Gulla’s deportation came after a regional court in the Pakistani city of Peshawar convicted her on charges … Continue reading