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Saudi Arabia Announces Increased Penalties for Human Traffickers

Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, Information Office 07/15/2009
Pakistani opposition leader cleared to run for office again by court

Pakistan's Supreme Court court has overturned opposition leader Nawaz Sharif's conviction on hijacking charges stemming from 1999, clearing the last obstacle to his running for office.

Saudi Arabia Announces Increased Penalties for Human Traffickers

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's Council of Ministers ratified a law on July 13 that adopted a tougher stance on human trafficking. The new law will ban all forms of human trafficking and put in place more severe consequences, including a sentence of up to 15 years and/or a fine of up to $267,000.

Senior Iranian cleric calls for revision of electoral laws

A senior Iranian cleric says a parliamentary revision of the presidential election law is needed to prevent post-vote unrest in the future.

Indian court overturns ban on gay sex

An Indian court Thursday ruled gay sex was not a crime, a verdict that will bolster demands by gay and health groups that the government scrap a British colonial law which bans homosexual sex.

Hardline Iranian cleric: Leading demonstrators must be executed

A hardline cleric close to the Iranian regime demanded the execution of leading demonstrators yesterday as the opposition ended the week in disarray.

Whaling Commission chief considers ending ban

The International Whaling Commission (IWC) on Thursday postponed a decision on Greenland's request to hunt 10 humpback whales, after failing to create a consensus between pro and anti-whaling nations.

New Evidence of Abuse at Bagram Underscores Need for Full Disclosure About Prison, Says ACLU

Former detainees have alleged they were beaten, deprived of sleep and threatened with dogs at the Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, according to a new BBC report based on interviews with former detainees held at Bagram between 2002 and 2006. Hundreds of detainees are still being held in U.S. custody at the Bagram prison without charge or trial.

French parliament to consider burka ban

The French National Assembly announced on Tuesday the creation of a parliamentary inquiry into whether women in France should be allowed to wear the burka.

Israel jails Iran TV reporters for breaching military censorship law

An Israeli court on Sunday sentenced two Palestinian reporters working for an Iranian television to two months in jail for breaking censorship rules during the Gaza war in 2008, local media said.

China demands US hand over Uighurs terrorist suspects

Beijing said Thursday that the 17 Chinese Muslims the United States is sending to Pacific island nation of Palau are terrorists and should be handed back to China instead.


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