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On Wednesday, the Republican candidate in Montana's special congressional election, Greg Gianforte, was charged with misdemeanor assault after he allegedly body slammed a Guardian political reporter, Ben Jacobs.

The campaign in a statement said the altercation was the result of Jacobs' \"aggressive behavior,\" but that account was contradicted by an audio tape of their encounter and three eyewitnesses who work at Fox News.

In a statement, the National Republican Campaign Committee said \"we all make mistakes.\"

\"(Mistakes) is what we're apparently calling misdemeanor assault these days.\" Jake Tapper said on CNN's \"The Lead.\"

After the incident happened, a Montana voter approached CNN reporter Kyung Lah. After finding out she worked at CNN, the voter said, \"You're lucky someone doesn't pop one of you.\"

The editorial board of the Billings Gazette, a CNN affiliate, retracted its enforcement of Gianforte, stating, \"We believe that you cannot love America, love the Constitution, talk about the importance of a free press and then pummel a reporter.\"

Tapper echoed the newspaper's stance.

\"Let us add that those public officials finding it difficult these days to muster the courage to strongly condemn a politician committing assault on a reporter, maybe you need to reexamine how much you truly love the Constitution beyond just saying the words,\" he said.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) \u2014 The U.S. Supreme Court ruled late Thursday that Alabama can proceed with the execution of Tommy Arthur, an inmate once nicknamed the \"Houdini\" of death row after escaping seven prior execution dates postponed.

Arthur, 75, was convicted in the 1982 murder-for-hire slaying of Troy Wicker.

Arthur's lawyers made multiple last-ditch appeals, both in and out of court, seeking to halt the execution originally scheduled for 6 p.m. CDT. The U.S. Supreme Court issued a temporary to consider Arthur's request. Justices, shortly before 11 p.m., paved the way for the execution to proceed. Justice Sonia Sotomayor criticized the decision in a dissent.

Arthur's lawyers argued that Alabama plans to use an ineffective sedative and Arthur will feel \"the chemical equivalent of with a dissent from being burned at the stake.\" In a separate filing, they argued that his legal team should have access to a telephone in the witness room in the case the execution goes awry.

Speaking by telephone Monday from the south Alabama prison, Arthur maintained his innocence but acknowledged his hopes of gaining an eighth reprieve are diminishing. \"I'm terrified, but there's nothing I can do. I've got hope in my legal team,\" Arthur told The Associated Press.

Arthur prior execution date reprieves \u2014 largely based on repeated challenges to the humaneness of lethal injection \u2014 frustrated victims' advocates, Wicker's family and the Alabama attorney general's office.

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall called Arthur's case an \"egregious example of how a convicted murderer can manipulate the legal system to avoid justice.\"

Arthur maintained his innocence as his legal team and asked the state's governor to halt the execution to allow DNA testing on hairs found at the scene. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey denied the request saying the matter how already been reviewed by juries and the courts.

\"Neither a fingerprint nor a weapon, nor any other physical evidence connects Thomas Arthur to the murder of Troy Wicker,\" said Suhana Han, Arthur's lead lawyer.

The sprawling case began Feb. 1, 1982, when police responded to a call about a break-in and found riverboat engineer Troy Wicker slain in his bed in the north Alabama city of Muscle Shoals. Arthur was in a prison work-release program at the time for the 1977 slaying of his sister-in-law, a crime he admits to committing.

Wicker's wife Judy initially told police she came home and was raped by a black man who shot and killed her husband. She later changed her story and testified that she had discussed killing her husband with Arthur, who came to the house wearing an Afro-style wig and with his face painted with makeup, and shot her husband.

He was convicted in 1983, but that conviction was overturned. While awaiting retrial, he escaped jail in 1986 by shooting a guard in the neck. A second conviction followed and also was overturned, but a third conviction stuck.

Arthur asked jurors to give him the death penalty. The decision was strategic, he said, to open up more appellate review.

The state set seven execution dates for Arthur between 2001 and 2016. All were delayed as his legal team fought his sentence.

\"He's a Houdini,\" said Janette Grantham, director of the Victims of Crime and Leniency. \"He always finds a way to escape.\"

The many delays have been painful for Troy Wicker's family, Grantham said.

\"If he does get executed and I hope and pray so \u2014 people might not think it's very good to pray for someone to die. But he is guilty. He killed more than one person,\" Grantham said.

In the stay request with the U.S. Supreme Court, Arthur's lawyers pointed to a December execution in Alabama in which inmate Ronald Bert Smith coughed for the first 13 minutes of his execution and moved slightly after two consciousness tests. Arthur's lawyers argued that showed Smith was awake during his execution. The state responded that there was no evidence Smith experienced pain.

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BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) \u2014 The Latest on the misdemeanor assault case against Greg Gianforte, a Republican candidate for a Montana congressional seat in a special election Thursday. (all times local):

10:10 p.m.

The chairman of the Montana Republican Party says the charges against GOP candidate Greg Gianforte for assaulting a reporter do not appear to be affecting the special election for the state's sole House seat.

State Rep. Jeff Essmann said Thursday night that Gianforte \"is a human being, and he acted like one\" during Wednesday's altercation with Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs.

Gianforte was cited for misdemeanor assault after Jacobs said he slammed him to the ground and broke his glasses as he was asking questions about health care.

Essmann arrived at Gianforte's campaign party in Bozeman in an ebullient mood after polls closed Thursday night. Yellowstone County, where Essmann lives, was posting a sizable lead for Gianforte in the early results.

The crowd cheered as the results were projected on a large screen in the ballroom.

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8:03 p.m.

Montana polls are closing, a day after Republican candidate Greg Gianforte was charged with assaulting a reporter.

Witnesses say Gianforte, a wealthy technology executive, grabbed Ben Jacobs, a reporter for The Guardian, by the neck on Wednesday in a Bozeman office and threw him to the ground.

The Gallatin County Sheriff's Office cited him for misdemeanor assault and he has until June 7 to appear in court.

Gianforte was keeping a low profile Thursday and could not be reached for comment.

He's running against Democrat Rob Quist and Libertarian Mark Wicks.

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4:05 p.m.

A county attorney in Montana says he will review the case involving a Republican congressional candidate accused of shoving a reporter to the ground on the eve of a special election.

Gallatin County Attorney Marty Lambert said Thursday he will set aside celebrity and hype and look at the facts surrounding Greg Gianforte's altercation with Ben Jacobs, a reporter for The Guardian.

Lambert, who was elected as a Republican, says he knows Gianforte but not well. He sometimes encounters Gianforte at church, social events and GOP functions.

Sheriff's officials have cited Gianforte for misdemeanor assault in the Wednesday altercation.

Lambert, who has not donated money to Gianforte's campaign, says he will review the sheriff's decision to pursue a misdemeanor and not a felony.

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3:45 p.m.

The sheriff who cited a Montana congressional candidate for misdemeanor assault has apologized for not disclosing that he contributed $250 to the Republican's campaign.

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin said Thursday that he should have revealed the donation at a previous news conference held after witnesses said candidate Greg Gianforte had grabbed a reporter by the neck on Wednesday and threw him to the ground at Gianforte's campaign headquarters.

Gootkin said the contribution had nothing to do with his duties as sheriff.

Gootkin said Gianforte left his campaign headquarters while deputies were investigating the case, and investigators later heard from Gianforte's attorney that they would need to contact him before speaking with Gianforte again.

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2:55 p.m.

The sheriff who cited a Montana congressional candidate for shoving a reporter to the ground says the Republican was charged with misdemeanor assault because there was no serious bodily injury.

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin said Thursday that under Montana law, assaults that don't result in serious injuries or involve a weapon are considered misdemeanors. Assaults that cause serious physical injuries or involve weapons are treated as felonies.

Gootkin said he never considered pursuing a felony charge against Greg Gianforte based on evidence collected after the Wednesday incident.

The reporter, Ben Jacobs, didn't have any visible injuries when he spoke to \"Good Morning America\" on Thursday but said he was taking \"a lot of Advil\" for pain.

He said he trusted that investigators had made the right decision on how to handle the case.

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12 p.m.

The Montana congressional candidate accused of assaulting a reporter hasn't been seen or heard from Thursday as voters go to the polls.

Repeated phone calls to Greg Gianforte's cellphone went unreturned Thursday. Twice it sounded like someone picked up then immediately hung up.

His home in Bozeman is set back on property along the Gallatin River and isn't very visible from the road. Its gate was half-opened, with a sign thanking people for not trespassing.

People at Gianforte's campaign headquarters referred all questions to spokesman Shane Scanlon, who was not there. No one answered the door at Scanlon's home.

Gianforte has backed out of at least one planned television appearance. MSNBC's \"MTP Daily\" says he canceled on the show.

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11:15 a.m.

Montana's Democratic governor is condemning a GOP House candidate charged with assaulting a journalist.

Gov. Steve Bullock said Thursday it is \"unsettling that Greg Gianforte physically assaulted a journalist and then lied, refusing to take responsibility for his actions.\"

Bullock defeated Gianforte in Montana's governor's race last fall.

Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault Wednesday after an audio recording and eye witnesses appeared to describe him slamming a reporter for the Guardian to the ground.

Bullock says that no matter the outcome of Thursday's vote, \"the actions of Gianforte do not reflect the values of Montana or its people.\"

Gianforte and Democrat Rob Quist are vying to replace Ryan Zinke, who vacated Montana's lone House seat to become U.S. interior secretary.

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10:09 a.m.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says the GOP House candidate in Montana charged with assaulting a reporter is \"a wannabe Trump.\"

\"That's his model, Donald Trump,\" Pelosi said of Greg Gianforte, the wealthy Republican running in Thursday's special election for Montana's sole House seat.

Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault Wednesday after an audio recording and eye witnesses appeared to describe him slamming a reporter for the Guardian to the ground.

Ben Jacobs had been trying to question Gianforte about a new Congressional Budget Office analysis of the House health care bill. Gianforte's campaign accused Jacobs of \"badgering.\"

Some House Republicans were not eager to comment Thursday morning but Pelosi said: \"We've really got say enough. Behave. That was outrageous.\"

House Speaker Paul Ryan is calling for Gianforte to apologize, saying \"that's wrong and should not happen.\"

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9:56 a.m.

House Speaker Paul Ryan is calling for the Republican candidate in Montana's special House election to apologize after allegedly attacking a reporter and getting charged with assault.

Ryan says \"that's wrong and should not happen.\"

But Ryan wouldn't say if Greg Gianforte should be barred from joining the House GOP conference if he wins Thursday's election. Instead Ryan said, \"I'm gonna let the people of Montana decide who they want as their representative.\"

The chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, Congressman Steve Stivers, also weighed in Thursday. Stivers said: \"From what I know of Greg Gianforte, this was totally out of character, but we all make mistakes.\"

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9:20 a.m.

It's unclear how an alleged assault of a reporter by a Montana congressional candidate will affect the special election's outcome \u2014 in part because more than a third of the state's registered voters cast absentee ballots before polls opened Thursday.

Republican Greg Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault after allegedly throwing a reporter for the Guardian to the ground at his campaign headquarters late Wednesday.

Gianforte and Democrat Rob Quist are seeking to fill the U.S. House seat left vacant when Ryan Zinke resigned to become President Donald Trump's Interior secretary.

Montana's secretary of state's office says 37 percent of registered voters had returned absentee ballots as of Wednesday.

Montana has just over 699,000 registered voters.

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8:40 a.m.

GOP lawmakers emerging from a closed-door caucus meeting on Capitol Hill on Thursday said they didn't know the facts about Republican Greg Gianforte being charged with misdemeanor assault.

A reporter from the Guardian accused the tech millionaire of slamming him to the ground and breaking his glasses in an altercation at Gianforte's campaign headquarters in Bozeman on Wednesday afternoon. The reporter had tried to ask Gianforte a question about the latest budget analysis of the GOP health care bill.

A few lawmakers did comment.

Asked if assaulting a reporter is appropriate behavior, California Rep. Duncan Hunter said, \"Of course not. It's not appropriate behavior. Unless the reporter deserved it.\"

Indiana Rep. Luke Messer said he wasn't sure whether the incident would hurt or help Gianforte in Thursday's special election for the open House seat.

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7:50 a.m.

The polls are open in a race for Montana's only congressional seat just hours after the front-running candidate was charged with beating up a reporter.

Republican Greg Gianforte has not appeared in public since he was charged with misdemeanor assault late Wednesday. A reporter from the Guardian accused the tech millionaire of slamming him to the ground and breaking his glasses in an altercation Wednesday afternoon at Gianforte's campaign headquarters in Bozeman.

Gianforte's camp issued a statement hours before the charge was filed disputing reporter Ben Jacobs' account. But an audio recording Jacobs made and a Fox News crew that witnessed the altercation back up Jacobs' version.

Three of Montana's biggest newspapers pulled their endorsements of Gianforte but did not endorse his opponents.

Jacobs told ABC's \"Good Morning America\" that he was doing his job and asking a question.

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5 a.m.

The Guardian reporter who authorities say was assaulted by a Montana Republican candidate for a U.S. House seat says he never touched the politician before he was thrown to the ground.

Ben Jacobs told ABC's \"Good Morning America\" that he was doing his job and asking a question of candidate Greg Gianforte as part of covering Thursday's special election.

Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault. He's accused of grabbing Jacobs by the throat and throwing him to the ground in his campaign office Wednesday night. Gianforte's campaign blamed Jacobs, saying the reporter was being aggressive and grabbed Gianforte.

Jacobs said Thursday of Gianforte's account that \"the only thing that is factually correct ... is my name and place of employment.\"

Gianforte and Democrat Rob Quist are seeking to fill the U.S. House seat left vacant when Ryan Zinke resigned to join Trump's Cabinet as secretary of the Interior Department.

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12:30 a.m.

Thursday's special election for Montana's sole congressional seat got a last-minute twist when the Republican candidate, Greg Gianforte, was charged with misdemeanor assault.

Greg Gianforte was cited for grabbing a reporter by the throat and throwing him to the ground in his campaign office Wednesday night. The reporter, Ben Jacobs of The Guardian, was asking Gianforte about the Republican health care bill. Three Fox News employees witnessed the attack, which was also captured on an audio recording.

Gianforte's campaign blamed Jacobs for the incident.

Many voters cast their ballot early so it'll be hard to know the impact of the charge on the election results. Authorities said Jacobs' injuries weren't severe enough for a felony assault charge.

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Today in History

Today is Friday, May 26, the 146th day of 2017. There are 219 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On May 26, 1917, a tornado in central Illinois killed 101 people, mostly in the Mattoon-Charleston area.

On this date:

In 1521, Martin Luther was banned by the Edict of Worms (vohrms) because of his religious beliefs and writings.

In 1868, the impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson ended with his acquittal on the remaining charges.

In 1897, the Gothic horror novel \"Dracula\" by Bram Stoker was first published in London.

In 1938, the House Un-American Activities Committee was established by Congress.

In 1940, Operation Dynamo, the evacuation of some 338,000 Allied troops from Dunkirk, France, began during World War II.

In 1942, the Tule (TOO'-lee) Lake Segregation Center for Japanese-American wartime internees opened in northern California. The U.S. War Department formally established the Armed Forces Radio Service (AFRS). Radio Tokyo boasted of recent victories in the Pacific War and declared that \"the Japanese people can look forward to a triumphal march into London and a victory march in New York.\"

In 1954, explosions rocked the aircraft carrier USS Bennington off Rhode Island, killing 103 sailors. (The initial blast was blamed on leaking catapult fluid ignited by the flames of a jet.)

In 1960, U.N. Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge accused the Soviets during a meeting of the Security Council of hiding a microphone inside a wood carving of the Great Seal of the United States that had been presented to the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.

In 1972, President Richard M. Nixon and Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev signed the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in Moscow. (The U.S. withdrew from the treaty in 2002.)

In 1977, George Willig scaled the outside of the South Tower of New York's World Trade Center; he was arrested at the top of the 110-story building.

In 1981, 14 people were killed when a Marine jet crashed onto the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz off Florida.

In 1991, a Lauda Air Boeing 767 crashed in Thailand, killing all 223 people aboard.

Ten years ago: Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki (NOO'-ree ahl-MAHL'-ih-kee), U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker and American commander Gen. David Petraeus flew to Iraq's blistering western desert in a rare joint outing to highlight gains there in the fight against insurgents.

Five years ago: Gruesome video posted online showed rows of dead Syrian children lying in a mosque in Houla, haunting images of what activists called one of the deadliest regime attacks yet in Syria's 14-month-old uprising. International space station astronauts floated into the Dragon, a day after its heralded arrival as the world's first commercial supply ship.

One year ago: President Barack Obama, visiting Japan, said foreign leaders were \"rattled\" by Donald Trump and had good reason to feel that way, as he accused the presumptive Republican presidential nominee of ignorance about world affairs. First lady Michelle Obama told graduates at a Native American high school in Santa Fe, New Mexico, to take pride in their history and cultures at a time when she said the \"loudest voices in the national conversation\" suggested turning away from the tribal values that were part of their education. Angela Paton, an actress best known for appearing with Bill Murray in \"Groundhog Day,\" died in Oakland, California, at age 86.

Today's Birthdays: Sportscaster Brent Musberger is 78. Rock musician Garry Peterson (Guess Who) is 72. Singer Stevie Nicks is 69. Actress Pam Grier is 68. Actor Philip Michael Thomas is 68. Country singer Hank Williams Jr. is 68. British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is 68. Actress Margaret Colin is 59. Country singer-songwriter Dave Robbins is 58. Actor Doug Hutchison is 57. Actress Genie Francis is 55. Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait is 55. Singer-actor Lenny Kravitz is 53. Actress Helena Bonham Carter is 51. Distance runner Zola Budd is 51. Rock musician Phillip Rhodes is 49. Actor Joseph Fiennes (FYNZ) is 47. Singer Joey Kibble (Take 6) is 46. Actor-producer-writer Matt Stone is 46. Contemporary Christian musician Nathan Cochran is 39. Actress Elisabeth Harnois is 38. Actor Hrach Titizian is 38.

Thought for Today: \"Life is a tragedy full of joy.\" \u2014 Bernard Malamud, American author (1914-1986).

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CINCINNATI (AP) \u2014 The judge in the murder retrial of a white Ohio police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black motorist is set to hear arguments on evidence issues.

Jury selection in the Ray Tensing case will resume next week after attorneys review questionnaires filled out by prospective jurors who reported Thursday.

Motions pending Friday before Hamilton County Judge Leslie Ghiz (giz) include challenges to planned expert testimony on body camera video.

Tensing testified in his first trial which ended in a hung jury that he feared for his life when Samuel DuBose tried to drive away during a July 2015 traffic stop.

His attorneys want to block from the trial a T-shirt depicting a Confederate battle flag that Tensing wore under his uniform, saying it was irrelevant but could be inflammatory.

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BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) \u2014 A Vermont high school student charged with sending death threats to fellow students, teachers and staff at his school, causing three lockdowns and a cancellation of classes, is accused of violating the conditions of his release.

The Burlington Free Press reports (http://bfpne.ws/2ql6ds8 ) 18-year-old Josiah Leach, a student at South Burlington High School, is accused of violating conditions that bar him from using the internet and contacting people who are victims or potential witnesses in the case.

He's expected to appear in federal court in Burlington on Friday. He was released on conditions on April 27.

Leach is accused of emailing a \"murder list\" on April 20 targeting 11 students and five staff members. Other threats were received by email, phone and on Facebook.

He has pleaded not guilty.

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Information from: The Burlington Free Press, http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com

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This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean that were published in the last week.

Demonstrators were out in force on the streets of Brazil to express anger at President Michel Temer, who is struggling to retain power after the release of a recording that appears to capture him approving hush money for a convicted former lawmaker. He has denied wrongdoing and insists he will not resign.

Lenin Moreno, the hand-picked successor of Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa, formally took office promising to try to heal divisions stirred by a decade of polarizing leftist rule.

One year before Mexicans pick a new president, candidates for the governorship of Mexico's most populous state made last-minute pitches for votes in a tight race that is seen as a referendum on the government of Enrique Pena Nieto, who was governor there before becoming president in 2012.

Argentine authorities announced a new master plan for the redevelopment of Buenos Aires' closed zoo but it contained no details on relocating its animals, most of which are still in their cages months after officials said they would be moved to sanctuaries in Argentina and abroad.

In Peru's capital, professional clowns used their annual Clown Day parade to honor their beloved colleague \"Tony Perejil\" on the 30th anniversary of his death. He was known as the Clown of the Poor because he performed in impoverished neighborhoods to which he donated a portion of his proceeds.

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This photo gallery was curated by photo editor Anita Baca in Mexico City. Follow her on Twitter: @LatDesk.

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AP photographers and photo editors on Twitter: http://apne.ws/15Oo6jo

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A first-ever ruling in favor of same-sex marriage in Asia. A public caning in Indonesia. A soldier convicted in South Korea.

For LGBT rights, it was one step forward, two steps back this week in Asia, where traditional values often clash with modern views on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues.

The developments followed the arrest in Bangladesh last week of 27 men on suspicion of being gay, though police said they would be charged with drug possession since they were detained before they engaged in sex.

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INDONESIA

First came a police raid on a gay sauna and gym in Jakarta, the Indonesian capital. Then the public caning of a gay couple for consensual sex in Aceh, a remote Indonesian province that practices Shariah law.

More than a thousand people packed a mosque courtyard Tuesday to witness the caning. The crowd shouted insults and cheered as the men, aged 20 and 23, winced in pain while they were whipped 83 times across the back.

\"What they have done is like a virus that can harm people's morale,\" said Sarojini Mutia Irfan, a female university student who witnessed the caning. \"This kind of public punishment is an attempt to stop the spread of the virus to other communities in Aceh.\"

Outside of Aceh, homosexuality is not illegal in Indonesia, but the country's LGBT community has come under siege in the past year.

Strident anti-gay comments from high-profile politicians and Islamic hard-liners have fanned prejudice. A case before the country's top court seeks to criminalize gay sex, as well as sex outside marriage.

Police detained 141 men Sunday evening at the sauna in Jakarta and charged 10 with violating pornography laws. The raid followed the arrest last month of 14 men in Indonesia's second-largest city, Surabaya, at what police say was a sex party.

The pressure looks set to increase. Police in West Java, the country's most populous province, announced Wednesday the creation of a task force to search for and monitor gyms and other locations that hold LGBT parties. The police chief urged communities to report such activity.

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TAIWAN

A Taiwan court ruling Wednesday affirmed the right of same-sex couples to register their marriages, a first in Asia and one that will likely give encouragement to China's burgeoning gay rights movement, given the cultural ties between the two.

The Constitutional Court ruling also underscores the stark differences between self-governing Taiwan and China, which considers Taiwan a breakaway territory.

Taiwan has evolved into a freewheeling democracy over the past three decades with a vibrant civil society, a high proportion of women in politics \u2014 including the current president \u2014 and broad acceptance of international cultural values.

China, in contrast, remains an authoritarian society where the Communist Party brooks no challenge to its strict control over political and social life.

The removal of homosexuality from the official list of mental illnesses in 2001 and an end to routine harassment of gays meeting in public has made life easier for many. However, the ruling party's inherently conservative nature and strong societal pressure to marry and produce offspring remain impediments to greater freedoms.

Gay activists in China have become increasingly emboldened in recent years, staging small-scale public events and rallying behind unsuccessful legal cases on same-sex marriage and transgender rights, but they remain far from enjoying the high profile and legal protections of their counterparts in Taiwan.

\"At least more Mandarin speakers can talk of equality,\" said Sean Howell, president of the international gay social network Hornet that has been campaigning for marriage equality in a number of Asian countries. \"Achieving marriage equality in one country in Asia will help all around.\"

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SOUTH KOREA

A South Korean military court sentenced an army captain Wednesday to a suspended prison term for having sex with a fellow male soldier.

The case was one of several that came to light last month, triggering allegations by a watchdog that South Korea's military was hunting down and prosecuting gay servicemen. South Korea's army has denied that, saying it was conducting a criminal investigation of soldiers who posted a video on the internet of two male soldiers having sex earlier this year.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are harshly stigmatized and struggle to be politically visible in South Korea. A powerful Christian lobby immobilizes politicians seeking to pass anti-discrimination laws.

The stigma is amplified in the military, where most able-bodied South Korean men are required to serve about two years as the country maintains a large force in the face of potential conflict with North Korea. Gay men are not exempt from conscription but are banned from engaging in homosexual activity while serving, leading them to keep their identity secret for fear of discrimination and reprisals.

Kim In-sook, a lawyer for the captain, said the military penal code, which makes homosexual activity punishable by up to two years in prison, is unconstitutional because it tramples on basic human rights and dignity.

She said it's unclear whether her client would appeal because he felt tormented by the legal process. He will be dishonorably discharged if the ruling stands.

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