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

ICC prosecutor warns Philippine authorities over killings
Asia / Australia & the Pacific

ICC prosecutor warns Philippine authorities over killings

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor said Thursday, October 13, 2016, that she is “deeply concerned” about reports of extrajudicial killings of suspected drug dealers and users in the Philippines. Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda also said that statements by “high officials” in the Asian nation “seem to condone such killings.” The written … Continue reading

Hawaii prepares plan to help coral recover from bleaching
Australia & the Pacific

Hawaii prepares plan to help coral recover from bleaching

KANEOHE, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii officials on Thursday, September 8, 2016, proposed a series of steps to fight coral bleaching that’s threatening the state’s reefs, including new marine protected areas, limits on fishing and controlling polluted runoff from land. Hawaii’s ocean temperatures have been rising as greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have increased, forcing corals … Continue reading

New Zealand-Dotcom Appeal
Australia & the Pacific

New Zealand-Dotcom Appeal

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom will be allowed to livestream his legal bid to halt his extradition to the United States, a New Zealand judge ruled Tuesday, August 30, 2016. Dotcom and three of his colleagues are appealing a December lower-court decision which allows them to be extradited to the U.S. … Continue reading