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Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich is stepping down
as CEO and leaving the company following protests
over his support of a gay marriage ban in California.
The nonprofit that makes the Firefox browser
infuriated many last week by naming Eich head of
the Mountain View, California-based organisation.
At issue was Eich's $1,000 donation in 2008 to the
campaign to pass California's Proposition 8, a
constitutional amendment that outlawed same-sex
marriages. The ban was overturned last year when
the US Supreme Court left in place a lower-court
ruling striking down the ballot measure.
The departure raises questions about how far
corporate leaders are allowed to go in expressing
their political views.
His resignation represents an about-face from his
confident remarks in an interview published earlier
this week by the technology news service Cnet.
Insisting that he was best choice to be CEO, Eich told
Cnet that it would send the wrong message if he
were to resign or apologise for his support of Prop. 8.
Mozilla CEO resigns after furore over gay rights
McDonald s has sus-
pended work at its
three Crimean restau-
rants following ongo-
ing diplomatic ten-
sions in the region.
The company said it
would try to support
staff, and hopes to re-
open its restaurants as
soon as possible.
The firm is the sec-
ond in the Crimea to
alter its operations after
between Russia and the
Deutsche Post said
on Thursday that it was
no longer accepting let-
ters for Crimea.
A Reuters report said
McDonald's had offered
to relocate staff who
wished to move to
The Archbishop of
Canterbury has said
the Church of England
accepting gay mar-
riage could be "cata-
strophic" for Chris-
tians in other parts of
The Most Rev Justin
Welby told LBC that
hundreds of Christians
in Africa had been
killed by people who
He warned the same
could happen if the
Church of England
backed gay unions.
became legal in Eng-
land and Wales last
week, but is not sup-
ported by the Church.
File photo showing Japanese
fishermen cutting up a 10m-long
bottlenose whale at the port in
Wada in Chiba prefecture, east
of Tokyo. AFP PHOTO
TOKYO---Japan said Thursday it was
cancelling its annual Antarctic whal-
ing hunt for the first time in more
than a quarter of a century in line
with a UN court ruling that the pro-
gramme was a commercial activity
disguised as science.
A "deeply disappointed" Tokyo ear-
lier this week said it would honour
Monday's judgment by the United
Nations' Hague-based International
Court of Justice but did not exclude
the possibility of future whaling pro-
On Thursday, officials said the next
Antarctic hunt, which would have start-
ed in late 2014, had been scrapped,
just weeks after the most recent one
"We have decided to cancel research
whaling (in the Antarctic) for the fiscal
year starting in April because of the
recent ruling," a fisheries agency official
But he said "we plan to go ahead
with research whaling in other areas
as scheduled," including the northern
Pacific. Japan also has a coastal whaling
programme that is not covered by a
commercial whaling ban.
Australia, backed by New Zealand,
hauled Japan before the ICJ in 2010 in
a bid to end the annual Southern Ocean
Tokyo has used a legal loophole in
the 1986 ban on commercial whaling
that allowed it to continue slaughtering
the mammals, ostensibly so it could
gather scientific data.
However, it has never made a secret
of the fact that the whale meat from
these hunts can end up on dining tables.
Public consumption of whale meat
in Japan has steadily and significantly
fallen in recent years and there is little
support for whaling itself.
But aggressive anti-whaling cam-
paigns hardened sentiment among the
Japanese public, who came to see the
issue as an attack on differing cultural
"I think everyone knew all along that
research was a fig leaf to disguise com-
mercial whaling," said Jeffrey Kingston,
an Asian studies professor at Temple
University in Tokyo.
Japan had argued that its JARPA II
research programme was aimed at
studying the viability of whale hunting,
but the ICJ found it had failed to exam-
ine ways of doing the research without
killing whales, or at least while killing
fewer of them. (AFP)
After ICJ ruling...
Japan cancels next
Antarctic whaling hunt
WYOMING---National Park is fighting
online rumours that running bison seen
in a YouTube video are fleeing a possible
explosion of the park s supervolcano.
The video was posted on March 20, 10
days before a magnitude-4.8 earthquake
hit, the park's strongest quake in 30 years.
Yellowstone posted a video of its own
this week, noting that it's normal for wildlife
to move around to find food at lower ele-
vations that isn't covered by snow at this
time of year. Park spokesman Al Nash says
there are no signs to suggest that the vol-
cano is about to erupt.
Although the YouTube video says the
animals are leaving, park spokesman Dan
Hottle told the Jackson Hole Daily that they
are actually running toward the park's inte-
rior and the volcano. (AP)
US park fighting
Two ships with sophisticated equipment
zeroed in yesterday on a remote stretch of
the Indian Ocean in a desperate underwater
hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet s
black boxes, whose batteries will soon run
An arduous weeks-long hunt has not turned
up a single piece of wreckage, which could
have led the searchers to the plane and eventually
to its black boxes containing key information
about the flight. But the searchers have appar-
ently decided to make a direct attempt to find
the devices, whose batteries last about a month.
Two ships with equipment that can hear
the black boxes' pings were slowly making
their way along a 240-kilometre route that
investigators are hoping may be close to the
spot Flight 370 entered the water.
black box hunt
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip
Erdogan has criticised a court ruling which
lifted a ban on Twitter.
The court had told the country's telecom-
munication authorities the two-week-old
ban must be lifted as it was a breach of
freedom of expression.
Erdogan had vowed to "wipe out" Twitter
after users spread corruption allegations
involving him and his son, which he denied.
Yesterday another court ordered the lift-
ing of a similar ban on YouTube.
Erdogan said his government had com-
plied with the ruling on Twitter but that
he did not respect it. (BBC)
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