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Saudi activist sentenced to 10 years, 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam

Prominent Saudi activist Raif Badawi on Wednesday was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes by a Saudi court for insulting Islam, said his wife and a source who followed the case closely.<p>Badawi had appealed his original 2013 conviction, which carried a sentence of seven years in prison …

Ugandan granted bail in first gay sex trial since tough new law

One of two men set to go on trial for homosexual acts in Uganda has been granted bail in the first case since the nation adopted tough anti-gay laws.<p>After almost five months without trial, Jackson Mukasa, 26, a market vendor, received bail Wednesday after fulfilling conditions for his release.<p>His …

Panel suggests fixes for death penalty in U.S.

Federal and state governments should move to a single lethal drug for executions instead of complex cocktails that can be botched, a group of criminal justice experts said in a new review of the death penalty in the United States.<p>The experts also recommended that governments should let the public …

Pakistani parents defy Taliban with secret polio vaccines for children

Some take considerable risks to protect children in tribal belt of Pakistan, one of three countries where disease is still endemic<p>When Amir, a 45-year-old father of five, brings stashes of ice-cooled polio vaccines to his home in an isolated village in Pakistan's tribal belt he takes enormous care …

India admits Delhi matches Beijing for air pollution threatening public health

World Health Organisation study finds Indian capital had dirtiest atmosphere of 1,600 cities around the world for PM2.5 particles<p>India's state air monitoring centre has admitted that pollution in Delhi is comparable to that of Beijing, but disputed a World Health Organisation (WHO) finding that the …

South Korea cracking down on operator in Sewol ferry disaster; CEO arrested

South Korean authorities are cracking down on the company that operated the passenger ferry that sank last month, a disaster that killed hundreds of people and shocked the nation.<p>The chief executive of Cheonghaejin Marine Company, the ferry operator, was arrested Thursday and is facing charges …

6.4 quake shakes southern Mexico

A 6.4 magnitude earthquake shook southern Mexico's Guerrero state Thursday, less than a month after a stronger temblor hit the area, the U.S. Geological Survey said.<p>Thursday's quake, centered about 60 miles northwest of Acapulco and 172 miles southwest of Mexico City, happened at noon local time (1 …

Strong earthquake shakes Mexico's Pacific coast

ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — A strong earthquake shook the southern Pacific coast of Mexico as well as the capital and several inland states Thursday, sending frightened people into unseasonal torrential rains that were also bearing down on the coast.<p>The 6.4-magnitude quake in southern Guerrero state …

Oklahoma delays execution after botched lethal injection

Oklahoma's attorney general agreed Thursday to delay for six months an execution that had been scheduled to take place hours after last week's botched lethal injection of Clayton Lockett.<p>Atty. Gen. Scott Pruitt's office agreed to reschedule the execution of Charles Warner for Nov. 13, pending a …