‘ YES’ HOPES FOR AUS­TRALIA GAY MAR­RIAGE AS VOTE EX­POSES DI­VI­SIONS

Manila Times - - WORLD - AFP

SYD­NEY: Aus­tralians will fi­nally learn the re­sult of a con­tro­ver­sial na­tional poll on same-sex mar­riage on Wed­nes­day, with an ex­pected “yes” vote set to un­leash a di­vi­sive de­bate over how then to en­shrine mar­riage equal­ity into law. The Aus­tralian Bureau of Statis­tics is due to an­nounce how the es­ti­mated 12.6 mil­lion Aus­tralians who par­tic­i­pated in the poll have voted. Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull, a mod­er­ate who sup­ports mar­riage equal­ity, has pledged that if a ma­jor­ity vote “yes,” his gov­ern­ment will quickly in­tro­duce a bill to change the mar­riage laws. But he must bat­tle con­ser­va­tive ele­ments within his rul­ing coali­tion who are de­mand­ing “re­li­gious free­dom” ex­emp­tions in any new law to pro­tect the rights of those who op­pose gay mar­riage on faith grounds. The postal vote was de­signed to end more than a decade of po­lit­i­cal wran­gling in Aus­tralia over the mar­riage equal­ity is­sue.

BLAST HITS SE­CU­RITY POST IN YE­MEN GOVT BAS­TION

ADEN: A bomb­ing hit a se­cu­rity post in Ye­men’s gov­ern­ment bas­tion of Aden on Tues­day, killing and wound­ing sev­eral peo­ple, wit­nesses and po­lice sources said. Wit­nesses said they heard a loud ex­plo­sion fol­lowed by gun­fire at the main of­fice of UAE- trained se­cu­rity forces in charge of guard­ing state- owned fa­cil­i­ties. They said 10 peo­ple had been killed in the at­tack and more wounded. The num­ber of ca­su­al­ties could not be con­firmed by gov­ern­ment sources. It was not im­me­di­ately clear how the bomb­ing was car­ried out. One po­lice source said it ap­peared that explosives in a ve­hi­cle had been re­motely det­o­nated dur­ing the at­tack. An­other said there had been a sui­cide bomber inside the car.

FIFTH WOMAN AC­CUSES US REPUB­LI­CAN CAN­DI­DATE OF SEX­UAL MIS­CON­DUCT

NEW YORK: A fifth woman on Mon­day ac­cused Repub­li­can Se­nate can­di­date Roy Moore of sex­ual mis­con­duct, claim­ing he as­saulted her when she was a teenager, as the evan­gel­i­cal con­ser­va­tive came un­der mount­ing party pres­sure to quit the Alabama elec­tion. Bev­erly Young Nel­son claimed the now 70- year- old grand­fa­ther sex­u­ally as­saulted her when she was a 16- year- old wait­ress and he was a county district at­tor­ney twice her age around Jan­uary 1978. Nel­son, who is now a 55- year- old busi­ness­woman in Alabama, told re­porters in New York that Moore, a reg­u­lar in the res­tau­rant where she worked, one night of­fered to drive her home af­ter she fin­ished her shift but in­stead parked be­tween a dump­ster at the back of the res­tau­rant. Moore then groped her and squeezed her neck, at­tempt­ing to force her head onto his crotch. “I was ter­ri­fied. He was also try­ing to pull my shirt off. I thought that he was go­ing to rape me. I was twist­ing and strug­gling and beg­ging him to stop,” Nel­son said, speak­ing through tears. She al­leged that Moore even­tu­ally gave up and drove off, leav­ing her be­hind “on the cold con­crete in the dark.”

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