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Organisers of Asia's largest digital
entertainment expo---where scantily
clad models usually dress up as
characters from comic books, movies
and video games---say they will levy a
fine of $800 on women who reveal
"more than two centimetres of
cleavage." Men are not exempt from
the crackdown on exposed flesh.
They will face the same penalty if
they wear low-hanging pants or
expose their underwear. If models are
caught dancing in cages or around a
pole they will be fined a whopping
$1,600, as will anyone caught striking
It's the latest example of what
appears to be a government campaign
for stricter morality in China.
New Silk Road, one of China's biggest
model agencies that said it provided
showgirls to ChinaJoy and vetted other
model agencies used by the show.
Yang Ou, a spokesperson for New Silk
Road, said it set the rules.
"It's a formal exhibition. We can't use
vulgarity to attract attention," he said.
"We ought to offer 'positive energy'
to the public."
It's wasn't clear who would be
tasked with measuring the cleavage on
display but Yang said more details
would soon be released in an official
China cracks down on cleavage
Ireland made global history
yesterday by becoming the first
country in the world to approve
same-sex marriage through pop-
ular vote---sending thousands of
people out into the streets of
Dublin to celebrate as a sea of
emotion engulfed the city.
Bearing rainbow flags and smil-
ing through tears, gay and straight
Dubliners joined together to hail
the news that an overwhelming
62.1 per cent of voters had said
"yes" to gay marriage, in a refer-
endum that many in Ireland called
a "test of equality" and the "test
of a true republic."
Robert Stevenson, 62, who is
from Dublin but now lives in the
UK, spoke through a convulsion
of tears as he recalled how he was
"suicidal" as a teenager and lost
several friends to suicide because
they were "filled with self-
loathing" because of their sexuality.
"This is the first time I've felt
like an equal citizen; I just can't
talk," Stevenson said.
The vote was all the more strik-
ing because Ireland is a predom-
inantly Catholic country. Many
citizens have rejected the church's
influence in recent years, following
a spate of revelations about child
sexual abuse as well as the church's
history of cold treatment of gay
people and women who got preg-
nant out of wedlock. Some saw
the "yes" vote as a dismantling of
Catholic rule in the country.
"It was the Catholic church that
rejected me, I didn't reject it,"
"My mother is still part of it but
I can't be."
He added that he would never
forget "living in fear" in the '60s
"I remember in this country
people being beaten to death for
being gay back then," he said, "and
I think of people being beaten to
death in other countries now. After
this moment, I have the privilege
of being an equal citizen in my
own country...and that is just
For several months, the Irish
have been debating whether to
bestow full equality on all citizens
regardless of sexual orientation by
changing the constitution to allow
couples of the same sex marry.
The overwhelming sentiment and
emphatic vote in favour---over 70
per cent in some Dublin con-
stituencies---reflects how Ireland
has come a very long way from
the country it once was. In the
middle of the cheers and
impromptu renditions of the Irish
national anthem yesterday, 28-
year-old Edward Smith, fought
"It's about equality---it's not just
about the LGBT community; this
is a huge leap forward for a tiny
country in becoming a secular
state," he said. "I always wanted
to get married, and thought I'd
have to go away," he continued.
"I never thought this would
happen for me. The church in this
country had no right to interfere
in this referendum and people
realised this; their campaign was
ludicrous and hypocritical.
"After all, the church was
responsible for so much that went
wrong here; priests in this country
were allowed to rape children, the
Catholic church sold babies
belonging to unmarried mothers.
I think the revelations about the
church helped the yes' side."
Smith's partner, 24-year-old
Muiris O'Connell from rural Lim-
erick, was also deeply moved by
"I hated myself all through my
teens," O'Connell said. "I'm from
the middle of the country where
being gay was almost unheard of
and I never felt comfortable being
myself. This referendum brought
back so many memories; I always
tried to neglect the truth and when
I did think about myself, I always
said, I'm never going to have a
"Today just proves that I can,"
O'Connell continued. "Today is
the definition of what a republic
is; it's Irish men and Irish women
right around the country saying,
we love you.'" Many in the Dublin
crowd yesterday were straight sup-
porters of the law change who were
thrilled by the vote. (Time)
rainbow flags in
jubilation after Ireland
voted resoundingly to
legalise gay marriage
yesterday. AP PHOTOS
Ireland says 'yes'
...voters legalise gay marriage
After days of Isis fighters advancing
east out of Ramadi, an alliance of
Iraqi forces opposed to the terror
group have launched a counter-
attack---hoping to push them away
from a key Iraqi military base and
the country s capital.
The Iraqis repelled an Isis attack on
the town of Khalidiya and then
launched their own offensive to the
west yesterday, toward the town of
Husayba, which Isis captured just a
day earlier, said Faleh al-Eissawi,
deputy governor of Anbar province.
The pushback by Sunni tribal fight-
ers, Iraqi security forces and a Shiite
militia could comprise the first sig-
nificant counter-attack in the area
since Isis took control of Ramadi, cap-
ital of the predominantly Sunni Anbar
province, earlier this month.
The fighting in the Ramadi area has
prompted thousands of civilians to
flee in recent weeks, many of them to
Baghdad. Isis, the extremist Islamist
group that has captured portions of
Iraq and Syria for what it calls its
Islamic caliphate, has brutalised not
only its military opponents but also
civilians accused of favouring the gov-
ernment or who don't subscribe to
Isis' brand of Islam.
In the Ramadi area, witnesses said
Isis militants summarily executed peo-
ple in the street whom they accused
of working with the government.
"They were killing anyone who they
accused of being with the police or
the army," one witness said.
Until yesterday's counter-attack,
Isis forces have been inching east since
capturing Ramadi, seemingly intending
to create an Isis-controlled corridor
along the Euphrates River between
Ramadi and another Anbar city it
already held, Falluja. The latter city is
situated just 37 miles west of Baghdad.
A three-hour shoot-out between
Mexican security forces and uniden-
tified gunmen Friday left 42 of the
gunmen dead, as well as one federal
police officer, officials said.
Three gunmen were arrested.
The lengthy firefight erupted in the
town of Tanhuato, Michoacan state,
when a joint force of federal and state
security forces encountered the gun-
men in the course of an investigation,
Mexican National Security Commis-
sioner Monte Alejandro Rubido said
at a news conference.
The gunmen belonged to a criminal
organisation operating in the neigh-
bouring state of Jalisco, Rubido said,
though he didn't name the group.
The commissioner's description of
the gunmen contradicts earlier reports
that described them as "armed civil-
ians." At least two news agencies,
Reuters and AFP, reported that the
confrontation was between security
forces and civilians. They cited
unnamed Mexican officials.
The governor of Michoacan, Sal-
vador Jara, said in television interview
that it is "very likely" that the shoot-
out involved the Jalisco New Gener-
ation drug cartel.
Rubido said that the confrontation
was the result of an investigation that
began the previous day. The investi-
gation began last Thursday after a
property located in Tanhuato was taken
over by a group of armed men.
On Friday, Rubido said, as the joint
security forces drove toward the prop-
erty in question, they came across a
vehicle with armed men who started
firing when they saw the officers.
A chase ensued where the security
forces followed the gunmen into the
property that had allegedly been invad-
ed the day before, Rubido said. (CNN)
Iraqis launch counter-attack against Isis
43 killed in Mexico shoot-out
A US policeman who climbed on to
a car bonnet and fired repeatedly
through the windscreen at unarmed
black occupants has been cleared of
Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams
died in 2012, in a barrage of bullets fired
by 13 officers in a car chase.
Michael Brelo, 31, the only officer to
be charged, was cleared of voluntary
manslaughter at the court in Cleveland.
The US has seen a series of police
race-related killings, some of which have
led to serious civil unrest. In Cleveland
itself, the police shooting last November
of a 12-year-old black boy, Tamir Rice,
as he waved a replica firearm, fuelled
the national debate over police use of
deadly force. Community and city lead-
ers were braced for possible unrest over
the latest ruling. Some 30 protesters
gathered outside the cordoned-off court-
house, some chanting, "Hands up, don't
shoot!" Brelo had faced up to 22 years
in jail if convicted of voluntary
US officer cleared over unarmed black deaths
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