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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

SAUDI ARABIA

Court to Review Rape Victim's Sentence

A Saudi court will review the case of a teenage gang-rape victim sentenced to jail and 200 lashings after she was convicted of violating the country's strict sex-segregation laws, the foreign minister said Tuesday.

The remarks by Prince Saud al-Faisal, made in the United States and carried by the official Saudi Press Agency, were the latest response to a salvo of international condemnation of Saudi judicial authorities' handling of the case.

The Saudi Justice Ministry on Saturday condemned the 19-year-old woman, who was raped by seven men, as an adulteress who had allegedly confessed to cheating on her husband.

IRAN

New Probe Ordered in Journalist's Death

Iran's Supreme Court ordered a new investigation Tuesday into the case of a Canadian Iranian photojournalist who died in a notorious Tehran prison.

Zahra Kazemi was arrested in July 2003 while taking photographs outside Evin prison during student-led protests against the ruling theocracy. She was taken into custody and died a few days later.

Iranian authorities initially said she had suffered a stroke. A committee appointed by then-President Mohammad Khatami found that Kazemi, 54, had died of a fractured skull and brain hemorrhage caused by a "physical attack."

TIBET

Dalai Lama Proposes Vote on Leadership

The Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader who has been the symbol of resistance to Chinese rule of Tibet, said Tuesday that the Tibetan people will hold a referendum before he dies to decide whether a new system of leadership would better serve the struggle for self-determination.

It was not immediately clear how such a vote would take place, particularly in areas under Chinese rule where even the Dalai Lama's portrait is banned.

EGYPT


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