09 27 2016
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Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani lashed 99 times for newspaper's mistake

The lawyer for an Iranian woman sentenced to be stoned on an adultery conviction said Monday that he and her children are worried the delayed execution could be carried out soon with the end of a moratorium on death sentences for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
In an unusual turn in the case, the lawyer also confirmed that Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani was lashed 99 times last week in a separate punishment meted out because a British newspaper ran a picture of an unveiled woman mistakenly identified as her. Under Iran's clerical rule, women must cover their hair in public.


In an unusually blunt warning, the U.N. atomic agency said Monday that its monitoring of Iran's nuclear activities is being hampered because Tehran objects to giving some agency inspectors access to its program.
The complaint by the International Atomic Energy Agency was made in a restricted report on Iran made available to The Associated Press. It follows Iran's recent decision to strip two experienced inspectors of the right to monitor Tehran's nuclear activities after the two reported undeclared nuclear experiments.


Pregnant woman killed for adultery but the man involved goes free

A UN report says civilian casualties in Afghanistan have risen by 31 percent, because of Taliban tactics. But Taliban spokesmen reject responsibility for cases such as that of Aisha, the 18-year-old woman whose face was mutilated when she tried to leave her husband's home, and Bibi Sanubar, a pregnant widow killed yesterday after being accused of adultery.


Aisha's maimed face is a symbol of Taliban violence

The face on the cover of Time magazine is graceful, composed and unthinkably maimed. The heart-shaped hole where 18-year-old Aisha's nose should be is a mark of Taliban justice — a visceral illustration, the headline suggests, of "what happens if we leave Afghanistan."
The portrait has quickly become a symbol of the stakes of a nearly decade-old war.


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