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Salman Rushdie’s “Joseph Anton”: a Death Warrant, Secret Police and 9 Years in Hiding

Author Salman Rushdie's newest work is "Joseph Anton." It's a memoir of the nine years he spent in hiding after Iran's spiritual leader, the Ayatollah Khomeini, issued a death warrant against him in 1989, accusing Rushdie of blasphemy in his novel "The Satanic Verses."

Salman Rushdie talks to Christiane Amanpour about daily life under police protection, the loss of spontaneity and why it took him 23 years to write about living under a fatwa.

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  • Singapore backs call to destroy gay-themed books
    Singapore backs call to destroy gay-themed books

    SINGAPORE (AP) — A children's book inspired by a real-life story of two male penguins raising a baby chick in New York's zoo has been deemed inappropriate by state-run Singapore libraries, and the conservative city-state's information minister said he supports the decision to destroy all copies alongside two other titles.

  • What the military did while Benghazi post burned
    What the military did while Benghazi post burned

    WASHINGTON (AP) — One by one, behind closed doors, military officers explained what they did and didn't do the night the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, burned.

  • Tracy Morgan released from rehab month after crash
    Tracy Morgan released from rehab month after crash

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Former "Saturday Night Live" star Tracy Morgan has been released from a rehabilitation facility as he heals from serious injuries he suffered in a car crash that left a fellow comedian dead, his spokesman said Saturday.

  • AP Sources: Bosh agrees to max deal with Heat
    AP Sources: Bosh agrees to max deal with Heat

    Chris Bosh said countless times in recent weeks that he did not want to leave Miami.

  • Brazil Gets Crushed Again in the World Cup Consolation Game
    Brazil Gets Crushed Again in the World Cup Consolation Game

    Days after its massive letdown against Germany, Brazil got blanked in the World Cup's consolation game by the Netherlands. The World Cup started last month with psychedelically high expectations for the host country, but after losing its star player in the quarterfinals win against Colombia, the team was hapless in its final two games. #BRA was never the same after losing their best player at the #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/Tpn32vhy7G — ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 12, 2014 With its 3-0 loss today, Brazil failed to secure the third place spot. 

  • Putin Writes Off $32 Billion of Cuba's Debts to Russia
    Putin Writes Off $32 Billion of Cuba's Debts to Russia

    Russian President Vladimir Putin is currently on a grand tour of Latin America. His first stop is in Havana, Cuba. Ahead of arriving in Cuba, Putin decided to bestow a gift upon the Cuban government. The first payment is due in October, and will be made from the National Bank of Cuba to the Russian lender Vnesheconombank.

  • AP Source: LeBron James signs 2-year contract
    AP Source: LeBron James signs 2-year contract

    CLEVELAND (AP) — First, the Cavaliers got LeBron James' word. Then they got his signature.

  • British tourist severs fingers on Walt Disney World ride in Florida

    A tourist from the United Kingdom lost two fingertips in an accident on a boat ride at Florida's Walt Disney World resort in Orlando, a local emergency official said on Friday. The 57-year-old man's fingertips were severed on Thursday morning on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride in the resort's Magic Kingdom theme park. The injury occurred as he was holding onto a boat with his fingertips outside the vessel, said Reedy Creek Fire Department Assistant Chief Bo Jones. The severed fingertips - on the ring and pinky fingers of his right hand - were not recovered, Jones said.

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