Quickies

Global Quickies: Same-Sex Marriage in Colombia, Albinos Hunted in Malawi, and a Weasel in the LHC

COLOMBIA
“Colombia’s top court has legalised same-sex marriage, making the country the fourth in Latin America to do so.”

MALAWI
“Malawi’s estimated 10,000 albinos face “extinction” if they continue to be murdered for their body parts for use in witchcraft, a UN expert has warned.”

SAUDI ARABIA (From criticaldragon1177)
“When people talk bustling gaming scenes, Saudi Arabia is not the first place that comes to mind. It does, however, have one, and it’s growing slowly but surely, despite geographical hurdles and cultural stigma. GCON is the first ever women’s video game convention in the country. Running it has been… difficult.”

YEMEN
A young Yemeni called Omar Mohammed Batawil was abducted in front of his home and later found shot. He had been receiving death threats and accusations of atheism because of comments “critical of religion” that he had posted on Facebook.

THAILAND
“A same-sex couple have won a lengthy custody battle against a surrogate mother in Thailand who gave birth to their daughter but signed papers preventing her leaving the country after discovering they were gay.”

SWITZERLAND
“The Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator at Cern is offline after a short circuit – caused by a weasel. The unfortunate creature did not survive the encounter with a high-voltage transformer at the site near Geneva in Switzerland.”

CHINA
“The introduction of a women-only bus in one Chinese city has riled some local men and sparked an online debate.”

Featured image: Poster for GCON

Daniela

Daniela

Born and raised in Mexico City, Daniela has finally decided to abdicate her post as an armchair skeptic and start doing some skeptical activism. She is currently living in Spain after having lived in the US, Brazil and Italy. You can also find her blogging in Spanish at esceptica.org.

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