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Australian state probes 40 years of gay hate killings

CANBERRA, Australia —  A government inquiry began hearing evidence Wednesday of unsolved deaths resulting from anti-gay hate crimes over four decades in Australia’s most populous state, where police were notoriously indifferent to such violence. The Special Commission of Inquiry into LGBTIQ Hate Crimes in New South Wales is the “first of its kind anywhere in the …


South Korea probes Halloween crowd surge as nation mourns

SEOUL —  Police are investigating what caused the crowd surge that killed more than 150 people — including 26 foreigners — during Halloween festivities in Seoul over the weekend in South Korea’s worst disaster in years, as President Yoon Suk-yeol and tens of thousands of others paid respects to the dead at special mourning sites. Saturday’s …