Australia. Co-host of Sydney’s “Today” morning talk show Karl Stefanovic revealed Nov. 15 that he wore the same suit every day for a year as a social experiment to gauge sexism in the workplace. He found that, while he received nearly no comments about his blue suit the whole year, people regularly criticized co-host Lisa Wilkinson’s outfit choices. Stefanovic said he wished to make a statement about sexism on television networks. “I’m judged on my interviews, on how I do my job, basically,” Stefanovic said. “Whereas women are quite often judged on what they’re wearing or how their hair is.” He plans on continuing to wear the suit.
United States. Charles Manson, convicted of murder and conspiracy in 1971, was granted a marriage license Monday. The infamous mass murderer is 80 years old and plans to marry 26-year-old Afton Elaine Burton, an Illinois native. She moved to California seven years ago in order to visit him regularly. California state law allows inmates to marry, although they must file appropriate paperwork with a prison marriage coordinator. Burton and Manson filed for the process Nov. 7 and were allowed to invite two inmate guests and 10 non-inmate guests. However, consummation of the marriage will not be possible because Manson is not allowed overnight visits, has been denied parole 12 times and won’t have another parole hearing until 2028.
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Russia. According to Bloomberg data, the combined value of all public companies in Russia’s stock market fell $234 billion to a current value of $531 billion, which is less than the value of U.S. technology firm Apple. With a market cap of $652 billion, Apple is the world’s highest valued company. This is the first time a company has surpassed the total value of all Russian public companies, which are being crippled by large foreign-currency debts and relaxed property rights.
Great Britain. A Senegalese parrot named Magic picked two locks on his cage and escaped while being transported in a car in Essex. The parrot was being moved temporarily while its owners were on holiday. “My father is devastated,” Michelle Russell, one of the parrot’s owners, said. Family members are worried about the whereabouts of their beloved pet and have consulted “experts on parrots”. They were given a recording of typical parrot calls, which they plan on playing as they walk around their neighborhood.