Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said that his country will not follow in the footsteps of Ireland and hold a referendum on legalizing same-sex marriage, despite pressure from other politicians, including his own lesbian sister and fellow politician Christine Forster. Abbott added that he's probably the last person in his family to uphold traditional marriage.
"Referendums are held in this country when there is a proposal to change our constitution and I don't think anyone is suggesting the constitution needs to be changed in this respect," Abbott said following the referendum in Ireland, the Irish Times reported on Monday.
"It's up to members of parliament who are eager for change to decide whether they want to bring it forward." more >>
Alleged photos of the new Sony Lavender have been leaked online, showing the slim mid-range smartphone's bezel-less face.
A week after a leaked render of the Sony Lavender made its rounds on the Internet, another set of photos emerged showing the actual mid-range handset that's expected to be unveiled next month.
The upcoming phone is speculated to be the Japanese electronics company's next flagship smartphone, and may be the device it has earlier hinted at as being a spinoff of the Xperia series. more >>
A Muslim mob led by clerics looted homes and attempted to burn a church in Lahore, Pakistan, after learning that a mentally ill man allegedly burned pages of a Quran in the city's Glushan Ravi area on Sunday evening.
Humayun Faisal, a middle aged Christian who's said to be mentally challenged, was taken into custody after some locals accused him of burning a Quran. He was charged under section 295-B of Pakistan's penal code that deals with the desecration of the Muslim holy book.
A complaint was issued by local Sayed Zeeshanul Haq and news of the crime sparked outrage among hundreds of Muslims who looted houses and attempted to burn a church. more >>
A recent leak on Twitter by a leaker who is known for his accurate leaks, @upleaks, revealed that HTC is coming out with another model of the HTC One, called the HTC One ME9, also called Hima Ace. In his tweet, he shared the new phone's image and its specifications sheet.
According to a report in Tech Times, the new phone will have a metal frame and a polycarbonate body. Its specifications also indicate that the phone is a high-end one and is comparable to the HTC One M9+. However, the report also mentioned that this new phone may all but confuse buyers on which phone is really HTC's flagship phone.
In terms of design, the One M9+ sports a more premium and sleek look with its all-metal body. The One ME9 on the other hand combines a metal frame and a polycarbonate body. Under the hood, both phones run on the same technology - a 2.2GHz 64-bit octa-core MediaTek MT6795 processor; 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of built-in storage, expandable to 128 GB via microSD slot. more >>
Recent news concerning the still missing Malaysian Flight MH370 indicated that the underwater search for the aircraft has been expanded into the southern Indian Ocean.
The latest update from the Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) came on Wednesday. The agency admitted in their statement that they don't know where else to pinpoint their focus if the Boeing 777 can't still be found in the aforementioned area.
Earlier reports indicated that the search range for the Malaysian Flight had been focused on a 23,000-square mile seabed area where experts previously believed to where the missing airplane crashed. more >>
An Anti-Terrorism Court in Pakistan convicted on Thursday 106 suspects believed to have taken part in the lynching of a Christian couple in November 2014. Shama and Shahzad Masih were beaten and burned to death by a Muslim mob, who accused the Christians of burning a copy of the Quran.
Pakistan's Daily Times reported that the 106 suspects were indicted following a police report submitted against them in Lahore.
"The challan (charge-sheet) states that Maulvi Muhammad Hussain, Maulvi Arshad Baloch and Maulvi Noorul Hassan were involved in persistent provocative speeches against the couple which led to the assembly of 400 people as a mob who then burned Shama and Shahzad alive," the article stated. more >>