World Briefs: Wedding cancelled after Facebook post

Wedding cancelled after Facebook post

SYDNEY • Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull yesterday defended a church's right not to marry some couples following reports that a woman's wedding was cancelled after she posted support for same-sex marriage on Facebook.

His comments come as Australia is holding a national vote on whether gay marriage should be legalised, with the results due in mid-November. AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Knife-wielding man attacks Paris soldier

PARIS • A knife-wielding man attacked a soldier in Paris yesterday, the latest assault to raise questions on whether France's anti-terror patrols are a target for extremists.

The soldier, who was part of an anti-terrorism operation, rapidly tackled the man and was uninjured. The attacker was detained.


Uber evaded govt with software: Probe

PORTLAND • A sweeping investigation by the city of Portland, Oregon, found that Uber used a software tool to intentionally evade 16 government officials whose job it was to regulate the ride-services company, city officials said.

When Uber began operating in the US city in December 2014, it did not have any permits, so it created a software tool called Greyball to block regulators from booking rides. It stopped using it after receiving approval to operate its service in April 2015.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 16, 2017, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Subscribe