Homosexuality: where does India figure on global map

NEW DELHI - An Indian court overturned an archaic law Thursday and decriminalised homosexuality - a move rights activists hope will go towards legalising gay sex just as 115 countries have done.

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Ex-Tenn. prof gets 4 years for passing military data to student researchers from China, Iran

Ex-prof gets 4 years for passing military secrets

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A federal judge sentenced a retired University of Tennessee professor to four years in prison Wednesday for passing sensitive information from a U.S. Air Force contract to two research assistants from China and Iran.

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Neda Soltan - the woman who became a freedom icon in death

LONDON - Anguish and angst… a young Iranian woman who bled to death on a Tehran pavement after being shot at has become the symbol of a new Iran for hundreds of netizens who have flooded networking sites with their postings.

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UN secretary-general calls for end to violence in Iran

NEW YORK/TEHRAN - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged the Iranian government to put an end to the violence against opposition supporters protesting the disputed re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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Iran to outlaw as punishment by stoning

TEHRAN - Iran plans to outlaw stoning as a form of punishment, the country’s IRNA news agency reported Monday.

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Janitor who tried to sell nuclear scrap parts from Tenn. weapons plant to French gets 6 years

Janitor gets 6 years in Tenn. nuclear parts theft

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A former janitor was sentenced to six years in prison Thursday for trying to sell scrap hardware he stole from a shuttered plant that enriched uranium for nuclear weapons.

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42 million people uprooted in 2008, says UN report

GENEVA - Some 42 million people were displaced in 2008, having been forced to flee their homes due to conflict or persecution, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said Tuesday.

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Huge rally in Tehran to press election fraud claims in bold defiance of crackdown

Huge pro-reform rally defies crackdown threats

TEHRAN, Iran — More than 100,000 opponents of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have defied an Interior Ministry ban and were streaming into central Tehran to cheer their pro-reform leader in his first public appearance since disputed elections he claims were marred by fraud. Security forces are watching quietly, with shields and batons at their sides.

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North Korea sentences 2 American journalists to 12 years of hard labor

N. Korea sentences US reporters to 12 years labor

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea convicted two American journalists and sentenced them Monday to 12 years of hard labor for crossing into its territory, intensifying the reclusive nation’s confrontation with the United States.

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Obama delivers message of peace to the Muslim world (Second Lead)

CAIRO - “The people of the world can live together in peace,” US President Barack Obama told the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims in a much-anticipated speech from Cairo Thursday.

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