Uganda: Persecution of gays intensifies. 'The law prescribes life imprisonment for some homosexual acts and also criminalises the "promotion of homosexuality", among other measures.' Activist Sandra Ntebi tells more, at the link.
Indonesia: Drunk passenger triggers hijack alert. 'A Virgin Australia Airlines official said there had not been an attempt to hijack the aircraft but a "flight emergency" when a 28-year-old male passenger banged on the door of the cockpit trying to get in an hour before it was due to land.' Australian Matt Christopher Lockley is in custody.
Mali: French hostage Leal reported killed by al-Qaeda affiliate MUJAO. 'A Portuguese-born French national, Leal was kidnapped in November 2012 from a Malian town near the Mauritanian border. At the time, it was not clear which group had physically taken him, although the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) claimed responsibility.' Full details at the link.