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Salman Rushdie fatwa turned into Iranian video game

Salman Rushdie was the target of a notorious fatwa issued by Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic republic of Iran, 23 years ago. Now, the author of The Satanic Verses is the subject of an Iranian computer game aimed at spreading to the next generation the message about his…

Bloomberg reporter deported from Sudan

KHARTOUM, Sudan — A correspondent for international news wire Bloomberg was deported by Sudanese authorities on Tuesday, after being detained while trying to cover the country’s widening protest movement. “They ordered me to leave,” a weeping Salma El Wardany, an Egyptian, told AFP by telephone as she awaited a flight…

Detained medics tortured, killed in Syria: Amnesty

LONDON — Amnesty International said Tuesday three medics were tortured and killed in Syria a week after their arrest in the city of Aleppo in what it said was an “appalling disregard” for the profession. All three men were students at Aleppo University — Basel Aslan and Musab Barad were…

U.S. drone strike kills at least 5 in Pakistan

A US drone strike targeting a militant compound in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal district killed at least five militants late Tuesday, security officials said. The unmanned aircraft fired two missiles on the compound in the Shawal area, some 50 kilometres southwest of Miranshah, the main town of North Waziristan tribal district,…

German court outlaws circumcision for infant boys

Circumcising young boys on religious grounds causes grievous bodily harm, a German court ruled Tuesday in a landmark decision that the Jewish community said trampled on parents’ religious rights. The regional court in Cologne, western Germany, ruled that the “fundamental right of the child to bodily integrity outweighed the fundamental…

UN: 27 million people worldwide are ‘problem’ drug users

Some 27 million people worldwide are problem drug users, with almost one percent every year dying from narcotics abuse, while cannabis remains the most popular drug, a UN report showed Tuesday. “Heroin, cocaine and other drugs continue to kill around 200,000 people a year, shattering families and bringing misery to…

South African president: Whites still control the country’s economy

South Africa’s economy is still under apartheid-era white minority control and blacks must reclaim the continent’s financial and mining powerhouse, President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday. Zuma told a key meeting of his ruling African National Congress that a new economic direction was needed 18 years into after the end…

China executes four drug traffickers on ‘anti-drug day’

China executed four convicted drug traffickers and sentenced at least 15 others to death Tuesday as the nation marked global anti-drug day, state press reported. Courts in four Chinese provinces sentenced a total of 117 people for drug trafficking on the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, Xinhua…

Egypt court suspends military arrests

Egypt’s administrative court suspended on Tuesday a justice ministry decision to allow the ruling military powers to arrest civilians, a judicial source said. The court took the decision after reviewing an appeal filed by 17 rights groups against the controversial decree passed on June 13. “The decision creates extraordinary powers…

Family of woman who underwent forced abortion in China attacked as ‘traitors’

The family of a woman whose forced late-term abortion caused outrage in China have been attacked as “traitors” for discussing her plight with foreigners, while her husband has not been seen for two days, according to a a relative and a lawyer. Authorities in Ankang, in Shaanxi province, last week…

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