DUBAI (Reuters) - An Iranian woman sentenced to die by stoning for adultery and later given a 10-year jail term instead has been allowed to leave prison, the judiciary said, in a new twist to a case that has triggered years of criticism of Iran's rights record. A judiciary spokesman told Reuters that Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani had been given "a leave" from prison several weeks ago for good behavior. He said, without elaborating, that the decision was a sign of "our religion's leniency towards women". There was no immediate word on whether the release was permanent or whether it was subject to some form of probation. Ashtiani, who has two children, was convicted of adultery and complicity in the murder of her husband in 2005. A court sentenced Ashtiani to be stoned in 2006 but the sentence was suspended in 2010 in the face of international pressure on Tehran. Her sentence was then reduced to 10 years, for being an accessory to her husband's murder. Iranian authorities dismiss allegations of human rights abuses, saying they are following Islamic law. Under Islamic law in force in Iran since the 1979 revolution, adultery may be punished by death by stoning and crimes such as murder, rape, armed robbery, apostasy and drug trafficking are all punishable by hanging. The European Union called Ashtiani's stoning sentence "barbaric". The Vatican pleaded for clemency and Brazil offered her asylum. The case added to tensions between Iran and the West arising from its contested nuclear programme. (Reporting by Michelle Moghtader in Dubai and Parisa Hafezi in Vienna, Editing by William Maclean and Mark Heinrich)
Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting
- USA TODAY
One of our favorite affordable soundbars—the Yamaha Polk Audio Signa S2— is on sale for Amazon Prime Day 2021.
- Lexington Herald-Leader
Simon Kenton’s Macy Krohman wins KSCA’s highest honor.
- Architectural Digest
Its hybrid mattress combines pressure-relieving foam with 1,000 pocket springs to deliver just the right amount of support and comfort. Get it now! The highly recommended Leesa Studio mattress (read my full review of it here) is also a great option if you’re in the market for memory foam support. Get it now! Just for Prime Day, this hypoallergenic hybrid mattress from Lucid is infused with natural materials like bamboo, charcoal, and aloe vera gel that help eliminate odor and wick away moisture for a cool, comfortable sleep.
A woman said she was given a free shirt and asked to change at Disney World after wearing a bikini-style top
Previously in May, another TikToker said that she was also given a free shirt after wearing a top that Disney World deemed inappropriate.
- Business Insider
'We'll all be dead by June': Jared Kushner lashed out at a health official after hearing about mask shipments, according to a new book
"You f---ing moron," Jared Kushner, then a White House senior advisor, reportedly said to a health official.
- Business Insider
One Amazon warehouse destroys 130,000 items per week, including MacBooks, COVID-19 masks, and TVs, some of them new and unused, a report says
ITV filmed undercover footage showing laptops, TVs, jewelry, headphones, books, and face masks being loaded into crates marked "destroy."
- Business Insider
Dick Cheney warned his daughter Rep. Liz Cheney on January 6 that she might not be safe after seeing Trump attack her before the Capitol riot, report says
Dick Cheney thought Trump was an abysmal president and shared his daughter Liz Cheney's concern about the threat he poses, The New York Times reports.
- Business Insider
A demotivated dollar-store worker quit retail after an impressed customer told her to apply to a law firm. She got the job, and now earns $3-an-hour more, plus benefits.
Christina Noles, 34, told The Washington Post she quit her dollar-store job and is now earning $3 an hour more, plus benefits, at a law firm.
- The Week
Fox News' Tucker Carlson is reportedly a 'primary supersecret source' for journalists
- CBS News
Naperville, Woodbridge and Darien among hard-hit areas. Several injuries, none serious. Lots of trees and power lines down.
- The Daily Beast
Archie Harrison and Lilibet Will Still Be Prince and Princess—Thanks to Camilla Parker Bowles, Expert Says
KOEN VAN WEEL/AFP via Getty ImagesArchie Harrison and his sister Lili may still be prince and princess after all. And they could have Camilla Parker Bowles to thank for it.Prominent royal historian Robert Lacey has told U.K. paper The Times that the issue has been discussed at the “highest level” and that the queen will not change existing rules, which would ultimately see Archie and Lili named prince and princess, in her lifetime. Any move to deprive the children of their titles would likely ha
Joan Collins refuses to answer Piers Morgan's question about Meghan Markle: 'Look what happened to you'
Collins was recalling the advice she gave to Princess Diana about media attention when Morgan asked what she made of the current royal situation.
Anya Taylor-Joy fixed Cara Delevingne's sheer, fringed dress when the star had a wardrobe malfunction at a Dior fashion show
Cara Delevingne posted a video showing Anya Taylor-Joy untangling her dress in the middle of the ancient Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, Greece.
Prince William and Kate Middleton celebrated Father's Day by sharing an unseen photo of their children
The couple shared an Instagram video that included photos of Prince Philip, Prince Charles, and Michael Middleton to mark Father's Day on Sunday.
Khloe Kardashian says she was given fewer options than Kim and Kourtney at photo shoots because stylists thought she'd 'be in the background anyway'
The 36-year-old reality star said her sisters received "racks and racks" of clothes while she got "two or three pieces of clothing."
- Miami Herald
Tropical Storm Claudette is in the Atlantic Ocean, leaving flooding and rain over the Carolinas as it continues northeast.
- The Independent
Trump’s ‘insulting’ Father’s Day message has riled some social media users
- The Daily Beast
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Photos via GettyPresident Putin has pulled off a targeted propaganda operation against the U.S. that’s so simple it never should have worked—and he did it in plain sight as part of the build up to last week’s summit with President Biden.This weekend, Russia’s favorite propaganda shows celebrated a job well done. State TV propagandist Dmitry Kiselyov asserted on his show on Sunday: “Biden should keep in mind that not only America is back, but Russia is back t
When researchers looked at the marijuana habits of a group of people ages 18 to 30, and then again 25 years later, one finding rose above the fog.
- The Telegraph
Usain Bolt has revealed the names of his new baby twins: Saint Leo and Thunder. The eight-time Olympic champion and his partner, Kasi Bennett, posted pictures of his growing family along with their sister Olympia Lightning Bolt, to their Instagram on Father's Day. Saint Leo is the middle name of the sprinter, who holds the 100m and 200m world records. Ms Bennett captioned one of the pictures: "Happy Father's Day to my forever love! @usainbolt "You are the rock of this family and the greatest dad