Daily Archive: December 17, 2017

Dec
17

Firefighters Take Advantage of Calmer Winds to Dig In and Contain Californian Wildfires

Firefighters Take Advantage of Calmer Winds to Dig In and Contain Californian Wildfires“Everything's holding really well,” fire information officer Lisa Cox said


Dec
17

Track Palin, son of politician Sarah Palin, arrested in Alaska

Track Palin, son of politician Sarah Palin, arrested in AlaskaThe elder son of former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin was in jail on Sunday, facing assault and burglary charges in her home state of Alaska. Track Palin, 28, appeared in state court in Palmer, Alaska, earlier in the day, on a felony burglary charge and misdemeanor assault and criminal mischief charges, court records showed.


Dec
17

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte backs same-sex marriage

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte backs same-sex marriagePhilippine President Rodrigo Duterte has declared himself in favour of same-sex marriage in an about turn that will put him on a collision course with the country's powerful Catholic Church. Speaking at the weekend at a gathering of the LGBT community in his home city of Davao, southern Philippines, he vowed to protect their rights and invited them to nominate a representative to work in his government. “I am for (same) sex marriage if that is the trend of modern times,” he said. “If that will add to your happiness, I am for it.” Profile | Rodrigo Duterte Mr Duterte was quoted previously in the local media as opposing same-sex marriage, using the gender issue to attack liberal Western countries who allow it, especially those criticising his brutal war against drugs which has killed thousands of Filipino citizens. But according to the local Inquirer, Mr Duterte dramatically backtracked from earlier remarks in his latest speech, revealing that he had gay family members and joking that he once toyed with the idea of being bisexual. “Why impose a morality that is no longer working and almost passe,” he said, adding that “there will be no oppression” during his term in office and that his government would recognise the LGBT community's “importance in society”. His shift will put him at odds with the Catholic Church who have already strongly criticised his bloody crackdown on drugs. The country's powerful bishops earlier this year voiced concern about any moves to legalise same-sex unions. While most Western countries have legalised same-sex marriage, with Australia being the latest to do so, the LGBT community still faces widespread discrimination across Asia. Only Vietnam and Taiwan have made progress towards marriage equality but have yet to enshrine the right to marry a member of the same sex in law.


Dec
17

High and dry: Pakistan's penchant for hash

High and dry: Pakistan's penchant for hashNiaz Ali is a deeply religious man: He prays five times a day and visits the mosque as frequently as possible. A sacred intoxication,” says Ali, who asked to use a pseudonym, after taking a fresh rip off a hookah packed with pungent hash in Pakistan’s bustling northwestern town of Peshawar. While Ali freely acknowledges using hash runs counter to the tenets of Islam, he insists it has its advantages.


Dec
17

Chile Has Elected Former President Sebastian Pinera in a Return to the Right

Chile Has Elected Former President Sebastian Pinera in a Return to the RightThe former airline magnate previously governed Chile from 2010 to 2014


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