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