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