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A Ugandan newspaper has listed 200
people it says are gay, a day after the
president signed one of the world s
toughest anti-gay laws.
"Exposed!" the headline of the Red
Pepper tabloid read, beneath photographs
of Ugandans it said were gay, along with
lurid stories of alleged homosexual
"Uganda s 200 top homos named," the
daily newspaper added.
Yesterday, President Yoweri Museveni
signed a bill into law which holds that
repeat homosexuals should be jailed
for life, outlaws the promotion of
homosexuality and requires people to
Museveni said he could not understand
how one could "fail to be attracted to all
these beautiful women and be attracted to
a man" instead and described in graphic
details his particular revulsion to oral sex.
e signing of the law came despite
fierce criticism from western nations
and key donors, including US President
Barack Obama, who has warned that
ties between Kampala and Washington
would be damaged.
Museveni said western nations should
not meddle in the central African nation s
affairs, and he was not afraid of aid being
In 2011, prominent Ugandan gay rights
campaigner David Kato was bludgeoned
to death at his home after a different
newspaper splashed photos, names and
addresses of gays in Uganda on its front
page along with a yellow banner reading
Prominent Ugandan gay activist
Jacqueline Kasha posted photographs of
the Red paper s front page on Twitter
today, warning that the "media witch
hunt is back".
Homophobia is widespread in Uganda,
where American-style evangelical
Christianity is on the rise. --- AFP
Suspected Boko Haram Islamists
killed 43 people when they attacked
secondary school students as they
slept in the latest school massacre
to hit Nigeria s troubled north-east.
e raid at 2am local time today
targeted the Federal Government
College in the town of Buni Yadi in
Yobe state and bore the hallmarks
of a similar attack last September in
which 40 died.
e attackers reportedly hurled
explosives into student residential
buildings, sprayed gunfire into
rooms and hacked a number of
students to death.
A senior medical source at the
Sani Abacha Specialist Hospital
in Yobe s capital Damaturu said
the gunmen only targeted male
students and that female students
"So far, 43 bodies have been
brought (from the college) and are
lying at the morgue," the source
said, who requested anonymity as
he was not authorised to discuss
Yobe has been one of the hardest
areas in Boko Haram s four-and-
half year Islamist uprising, which
has killed thousands of people.
e name Boko Haram means
"Western education is forbidden".
e group has been blamed for
waves of school attacks, especially
in Yobe, where scores of students
have been slaughtered in the last
e state s police chief, Sanusi
Rufai, who confirmed the attack
and had given an earlier death toll
of 29, was headed to Buni Yadi,
roughly 60km from Damaturu,
with Governor Ibrahim Geidam to
assess the damage.
Damaturu resident Babagoni
Musa told AFP that four
ambulances carrying dead bodies
drove past his shop, which falls on
the road from Buni Yadi.
" ey had tree branches on them
which is a sign used here to signify
a corpse is in a vehicle," he said.
People whose relatives were
studying at the college had
surrounded the morgue and were
desperately seeking information
about those killed, forcing the
military take control of the building
to restore calm, the hospital source
Yobe is one of three north-
eastern states which was placed
under emergency rule in May last
year when the military launched
a massive operation to crush the
Boko Haram uprising. --- AFP
baby has drowned in
a backyard inflatable
swimming pool in
It is believed the baby
boy fell into a backyard
inflatable swimming pool
in New Norfolk and was
found by family members
about 5.20pm yesterday.
Attempts were made
to revive him at the
scene and he was taken
to the Royal Hobart
Hospital where he was
pronounced dead. Police
have called for parents to
be extremely vigilant in
the use of small inflatable
pools around young
children. --- AAP
in Friday s
taking hold of
His hat, on curly hair and above
a thick-lipped smile, has the
Facebook logo. In one tentacle
he holds the logo of WhatsApp,
which his company purchased
last week for $US19 billion
Efraim Zuroff, of the Simon
Wiesenthal Centre in Jerusalem,
called the cartoon "shocking"
and "almost a replica of a Nazi
caricature from 1938."
"I have no doubt there is a scent
of anti-Semitism emanating
from this," he said.
"Zuckerberg doesn t have a big
nose, but in the caricature his
nose is emphasised. e hook
nose is a typical caricature of a
"It is clear that whoever drew
the caricature is emphasising the
fact that Zuckerberg is Jewish.
It s classic. e Jews are taking
control of the world. It reinforces
all the stereotypes about Jews."
e drawing also drew
attention on Twitter.
Billy Connolly was diagnosed
with Parkinson s disease after a
fan warned him his walk showed
"distinct signs" of it.
e 71-year-old Scottish star
confirmed he had been diagnosed
with the illness last September,
revealing he had also undergone
surgery for prostate cancer.
Connolly has now spoken about
his health in detail, explaining it
was a fan who encouraged him to
seek medical help after watching
him walking through a hotel lobby.
"It was the strangest thing of
all. I was doing Conan O Brien s
thing and they put me up in the
Sportsmen s Lodge in Los Angeles.
I was walking through the lobby
and every time I had gone through
there was a crowd of boys and girls
and a couple of adults," he recalled
on a US radio show, according to
"It turned out they were dancers
from Australia. e guy who was
in charge of them came over to me
one day and said, Billy, I m a big
fan, I m from Tasmania. He said,
I m a surgeon and I have been
watching you walking, you have a
strange gait . at was the way he
"He said, You re showing distinct
signs of early onset Parkinson s
disease, see your doctor. I think it
was the way I held myself when I
Connolly followed the advice
and, after some blood and other
tests, was told he had the illness.
His cancer was discovered
during a routine examination. e
comedian had an operation and
received the all clear in December.
"It was found by the routine
finger up the bum test. When I
was told by the doctor I had cancer
I said to him, I ve never been told
that before. Usually you are only
told once," he explained.
Before the surgery Connolly s
doctor reassured him he would not
die. e actor was astounded to
hear that, revealing the "arrogance
thing" meant it had not even
occurred to him that he might pass
Connolly is not letting his
diagnosis get him down, insisting
he has not felt ill yet.
"I prefer not to give it any notice.
I don t see much shaking going
on and I have always had a (bad)
memory anyway," he said.
e star was on medication for a
while, but has now stopped taking
it. Apparently he was told the
side effects he could experience
might be worse than the disease s
e Bible that a US
bus driver kept in his
pocket saved his life after
it stopped two bullets
from piercing his chest,
stunned police say.
" ere was obviously
some kind of inter vention
involved in this incident
because he probably
should not be here,"
sergeant Michael Pauley
of the Dayton, Ohio
police told reporters
Rickey Wagoner, 49,
had stopped his bus
to fix a problem in the
early hours of Monday
morning when he was
approached by three
teenagers in what appears
to be gang-initiation
attack, WCPO news
"He heard one of the
suspects say it was time
to kill a polar bear to get
into a club," Pauley said.
"He fought for his life."
Wagoner was shot
twice in the chest but
managed to stay standing
and struggled to wrestle
the gun away from his
pocket," Wagoner told a
police dispatcher in a call
released to local media.
At first I thought it went
through. It just feels
like I ve been hit with
a sledgehammer in the
One of the teenagers
slashed him in the arm
with a knife while he
fought for the gun, which
went off during the
struggle and shot him in
the leg. But he managed
to get both weapons
"I stabbed one in the leg
with my pen," Wagoner
said in the 911 call.
"He hollered and that s
when they all ran."
Wagoner picked up the
dropped gun and shot
after the fleeing teens but
told the dispatcher he
didn t think he hit them.
Uganda newspaper names 200 homos
43 boys dead in
Forensic experts have found more bodies
in an unmarked mass grave in Sri Lanka s
northern former war zone, taking the total
number to 80, an official says.
Judicial medical officer Dhananjaya
Waidyaratne said overnight excavations had
resumed after a short break at the grave
site discovered by construction workers in
e grave is the first uncovered in the former
war zone since troops defeated Tamil rebels
nearly five years ago following a decades-long
conflict for a separate homeland for ethnic
"We found more skeletons yesterday and
the figure now stands at 80," Waidyaratne
told reporters, up from a previously released
figure of 36.
"We have submitted the evidence to (the)
courts," he added.
He said further tests were needed to
establish how and when the people died but
officials have previously said that women and
children were among those buried.
e government sought to head off concerns
that Sri Lankan soldiers could have been
involved in the grave, saying the Mannar area
had long been a Tamil rebel stronghold.
"It has been revealed that the area had been
occupied by the LTTE (Liberation Tigers
of Tamil Eelam) for 30 years," until security
forces wrested control over the area in 2008,
the government said.
" e matter is under investigation," the
government said in a statement to the
United Nations Human Rights Council in
Geneva last week and released to reporters in
It added that Indian troops deployed on an
abortive peace-keeping mission in Sri Lanka
between 1987 and 1990 also briefly had
control over the coastal Mannar region.
Police have not yet been able to identify
the remains. e Roman Catholic Bishop
of Mannar, Rayappu Joseph, said last month
that the victims could be members of the
local Tamil community. --- AFP
Police will be called in to investigate 128
cases where Australians voted more than once
at the 2013 federal election, with one person
suspected of voting 15 times.
At the high end, the Australian Electoral
Commission claims there are numerous
electors who voted up to seven times, with
one person alleged to have voted nine times,
another 12 times and one 15 times.
"We sent inquiry letters to 18,770 electors
who had multiple marks recorded beside their
names," AEC acting head Tom Rogers told a
Senate estimates hearing yesterday.
Replies are still being processed but more
than 8200 have been ruled out as "official
error". Another 1979 people have admitted
voting more than once. " e greater majority
of those, over 81%, being elderly, with poor
literacy, or with a poor comprehension of the
electoral process," Mr Rogers said.
In some instances, voters received postal
votes and were also provided with ballot
papers from mobile AEC officers visiting aged
care facilities, he added.
" ere are 128 electors who have more than
two marks recorded beside their names," Mr
He could provide no reason for the multiple
votes, but said the AEC has notified the
Australian Federal Police and Department on
Public Prosecutions and plans to refer a large
number of cases. "We take it very seriously,"
Mr Rogers said.
Liberal senator Dean Smith said such a
high number of repeated votes could not be
put down to "electoral literacy". " at seems
to me a very blatant abuse of the process," he
said. --- AAP
Turkish Prime Minister Recep
Tayyip Erdogan has condemned
leaked recordings of him and his
son allegedly discussing how to
hide large sums of money as a "vile
attack" by rivals, as calls mounted
for his beleaguered government to
"What was done is a vile... and
a treacherous attack against the
prime minister of the Republic of
Turkey. It will not go unpunished,"
Erdogan told his ruling party MPs
e phone conversations, posted
on You Tube, allegedly reveal
Erdogan asking his son Bilal to turn
millions of euros in cash stashed at
several houses into "zero".
Bilal at one point can be heard
saying: " ere is 30 million euros
($NZ49.5 million) more."
e leaked discussions, which
could not be independently verified,
were said to have taken place on
December 17, the same day key
Erdogan allies were caught up in
police raids linked to a corruption
investigation that has rocked the
In one conversation, Erdogan
can supposedly be heard briefing
Bilal about the raids, which saw
top businessmen and the sons of
former cabinet ministers detained
on allegations of bribery, gold
smuggling and illicit dealings with
e premier s office said the
wire tapped conversations were
fabricated and vowed to take legal
action against those behind "this
dirty set up".
Erdogan has come under intense
pressure since the corruption
scandal erupted, throwing up the
biggest challenge yet to his 11
years in power ahead of key local
elections in March.
He has blamed his ally-turned-
rival, US-based Muslim cleric
Fethullah Gulen, for instigating the
graft probe, accusing him of seeking
to create "a parallel state" in Turkey.
An Ankara prosecutor s office has
launched an investigation into the
recordings, the Hurriyet newspaper
e controversy also prompted
fresh calls from the opposition for
the government s resignation.
Turkey PM vows action over fake call
Zuckerberg car toon 'anti- Semitic'
Fan diagnosed my
Parkinson s, says Connolly
Person voted 15 times in election
Ukraine s acting president and security chiefs
expressed concerns overnight about "signs
of separatism" and threats to the country s
territorial integrity in mainly Russian-
Oleksander Turchinov summoned the
"power ministries and agencies" to discuss
Crimea after protests on the southern
peninsula against the leaders who have taken
charge in Kiev following the ousting of
President Viktor Yanukovich.
A Russian-speaking mayor has been
appointed in Sevastopol, the Crimean port
city where Russia s Black Sea fleet is based,
and Russian speakers have staged rallies in the
region to show hostility to the new authorities
in the national capital. "During the meeting,
we discussed the question of not allowing any
signs of separatism and threats to Ukraine s
territorial integrity (meaning the events which
have taken place in Crimea) and punishing
people guilty of this," Turchinov s press service
said in a written statement.
It gave no other details. Such meetings
have in the past usually grouped defence and
interior ministry officials, law enforcement
bodies and the intelligence ser vices.
Some people in Crimea call openly for moves
to secede from Ukraine. e peninsula used
to be Russian territory but was transferred in
1954 to Ukraine, which like Russia was then
part of the Soviet Union. --- Reuters
80 found in Sri Lankan mass grave
Crimea breakaway worries Kiev leaders
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