Singapore's state media censors are famously conservative, but they've outraged many comic book fans with this ban: the sale of an Archie comic book.
Singapore's Media Development Authority censored the comic book, which was originally published in 2012, earlier this year. But the ban has only now gained international attention, after Archie Comics announced that Archie will die taking a bullet for his friend Kevin Keller, a gay U.S. senator.
The MDA takes issue with the third installment of Archie: The Married Life, which depicts Kevin's wedding. The MDA's guidelines for imported publications ban material that depicts "alternative lifestyles or deviant sexual practices."
The agency found the Archie installment's content "in breach of guidelines because of its depiction of the same sex marriage of two characters in the comic,” an MDA spokesperson told Time. "We thus informed the local distributor not to import or distribute the comic in retail outlets."
The news comes just days after Singapore banned a children's book that featured gay penguins. Time notes that according to the 2013 Press Freedom Index, Singapore has "the least free press of any developed economy in the world." Meghan DeMaria
Friends and family of the El Faro crew say they are confident their loved ones will soon be found safe.
— Mary Saladna (@MaryWCVB) October 7, 2015
The U.S. Coast Guard is still searching for survivors of the cargo ship, which sunk last week during Hurricane Joaquin. The remains of one unidentified crew member have been found, but there are 32 others who are still missing, many from the Jacksonville, Florida, area, the Miami Herald reports. TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico, which owns the ship, has not publicly named the 28 Americans and five Poles who worked on El Faro, but at least 15 have been identified in the media. Lonnie Jordan, 33, was a cook who "loves sailing," his grandmother, Faye Cummings, told the Florida Times-Union. She said her family was upset that the El Faro went out knowing about Joaquin. "It's in God's hands," she said, "but we feel like they made the wrong decision."
Danielle Randolph, 34, was second mate, and sent her mother Laurie Bobillot an email from the ship, The Washington Post reports. "Not sure if you've been following the weather at all," she wrote, "but there is a hurricane out here and we are heading straight into it. Winds are super bad and seas are not great." Bobillot said her daughter knew at an "extremely young age she wanted to work on the ocean." Deb Roberts, whose son Michael Holland, 25, was an engineer on the ship, started a Facebook page called "Making waves for Mike: Bring the El faro crew home safely." Thousands of people have shared memories of Holland, including his best friend Corey Wells, who wrote: "I REFUSE to believe that he is doing anything short of everything that he can to make it home. Hope is not lost. He WILL make it back!" Catherine Garcia
In May of 1968, Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy called for stricter gun control measures during a campaign stop in Roseburg, Oregon — the same town where a gunman killed nine people at Umpqua Community College last Thursday.
CBS News shared a clip Tuesday from the May 25, 1968, edition of CBS Evening News, with anchor Walter Cronkite saying Kennedy was answering "criticism from those who say legislation would deny Constitutional guarantees on the right to possess arms." Kennedy told the crowd that it was too easy for some people, like convicted murderers, to obtain guns through mail orders.
"A man on death row in Kansas, who killed half a dozen people, someone there sent for a rifle through the mail from Chicago for him to have a rifle while he was waiting on death row after killing people, and the rifle was sent to him," he said. "Does that make any sense that you should put rifles and guns in the hands of people who have long criminal records, people who are insane, people who are mentally incompetent, or people who are so young they don't know how to handle rifles or guns?" Kennedy was assassinated two weeks later in Los Angeles. Catherine Garcia
Russia says that its warplanes accidentally violated Turkey's air space over the weekend due to weather conditions, but NATO said Tuesday it rejected the explanation.
— FRANCE 24 (@FRANCE24) October 6, 2015
The Russian Defense Ministry claims an SU-30 warplane entered Turkish air space along the border with Syria "for a few seconds" on Saturday due to bad weather. NATO said a plane also entered Turkish air space Sunday, an incident that Russia said it is looking into. U.S. officials told Reuters the planes were in Turkish air space for much longer than a few seconds, and it was "far-fetched" to say it was accidental. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said he would not speculate on Russia's motives, "but this does not look like an accident and we have two of them." He also said there are reports of a substantial increase in the number of Russian ships in the eastern Mediterranean and ground troops in Syria. Catherine Garcia
Putting LAX and JFK to shame, the most posh airport in the world opened up at Paris' Grand Palais on Tuesday.
For Chanel's aviation-themed show at Paris Fashion Week, Karl Lagerfeld pulled out all the stops, recreating an entire airport complete with check-in desks for Chanel Airlines, an electronic passenger information board, rows of lounge chairs, and baggage carts emblazoned with the Chanel logo. The runway show took place in Terminal No. 5 (a nod to the brand's famed perfume), and Lagerfeld told The Associated Press as he drank mineral water delivered on a silver platter the inspiration was "travel, long-distance travel to every destination."
It was interesting timing, as French union activists involved in a labor dispute ripped the suit jackets and shirts off of two Air France executives earlier in the day in another part of Paris. Lagerfeld said the thought of changing the show because of the protests never crossed his mind. "These shows are planned six months in advance," he told AP. "[Chanel's] an oracle of the times, but it takes months and months and months. Not 24 hours." Catherine Garcia
The U.S. Treasury's Terror Financing unit has launched an inquiry into how the Islamic State is obtaining large numbers of Toyota pick-up trucks and SUVs.
— Autoblog.com (@therealautoblog) October 6, 2015
The world's second largest automaker said it is "supporting" the investigation, with Ed Lewis, Toyota's director of public policy and communications in Washington, telling ABC News the company has briefed the Treasury on supply chains in the Middle East and procedures in place to safeguard supply chain integrity. Toyota, he said, has a "strict policy to not sell vehicles to potential purchasers who may use or modify them for paramilitary or terrorist activities."
ISIS propaganda videos filmed in Iraq, Syria, and Libya show numerous Hilux and Land Cruiser vehicles marked with ISIS seals, including one video ABC News says was shot in Raqqa, Syria, featuring an ISIS parade where more than two-thirds of the vehicles were Toyotas. "Regrettably, the Toyota Land Cruiser and Hilux have effectively become almost part of the ISIS brand," Mark Wallace, CEO of the Counter Extremism Project and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, said. "ISIS has used these vehicles in order to engage in military-type activities, terror activities, and the like. But in nearly every ISIS video, they show a fleet — a convoy of Toyota vehicles and that's very concerning to us."
Lewis said most of the Toyotas appearing in the videos are not new models, and the company cannot track down stolen vehicles or ones that have been bought and re-sold by middlemen. An Iraqi military spokesman told ABC News he thinks trucks are being smuggled into Iraq by outside middlemen, and Toyota distributors in the region said they are unsure how the trucks are getting to ISIS. Wallace said he doesn't think Toyota is "trying to intentionally profit from it, but they are on notice now and they should do more." Catherine Garcia
It seems that, like the rest of us, the White House has been reading some hysterical articles about how sitting all day will kill you. And it also appears that, like the rest of us, the Executive Office of the President is now wondering if it's time to ditch chairs and exercise balls in favor of standing desks.
National Journal reports that, according to a recent public solicitation, the Executive Office of the President is seeking up to $700,000 worth of standing desks over a five-year period — though the remaining four years after the end of the Obama administration are optional. The government even has a brand preference for the desks, specifying that they must be "Varidesk brand name or equal." Large Varidesks cost in the $400-$500 range.
It took 11 months for an anti-abortion group to edit the secretly recorded Planned Parenthood videos
A man named Ryan Gonzalez reportedly spent 11 months editing the secretly recorded Planned Parenthood video footage that was released by the anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress, a source close to Gonzalez told The Huffington Post. The videos, which appear to show Planned Parenthood officials discussing the disposal of fetal tissue and whose content rallied Republicans to threaten to shut down the government, have since been found to have used actors and contain heavy edits that make them entirely unreliable.
The Huffington Post's source said that Gonzalez worked with his friend, David Daleiden, who started the Center for Medical Progress, in an apartment in Orange County, California. The pair began by meeting to edit the videos once or twice a week, then ramped up the frequency in May 2015 until it became a full-time effort. In July, Gonzalez promoted the videos on his personal Facebook page: "This is the first part of a project I've been editing since last August and haven't been able to talk about until now. It was just released today and the news is tracking well so far." The pair later made fun of allegations that the footage was manipulated on their Facebook pages.
The Center for Medical Progress blames the unexplained edits on "bathroom breaks or waiting time between meetings [that] were removed to protect the investigators." Daleiden added in an email to The Huffington Post that "the Center for Medical Progress works with a variety of contractors for technically skilled tasks like acting, legal research, and video editing, but as a general rule we do not publicly comment on or identify these individuals because of serious personal security concerns." He maintains that the authenticity of the videos has been verified. Jeva Lange