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The Supreme Court ruled that Bakhtiyar Hajiyev could be freed early for good behavior after serving half of his two-year sentence on charges of evading military service.

The Harvard-educated Mr. Hajiyev, 30, was at the forefront of an Arab Spring-inspired wave of peaceful demonstrations in Azerbaijan. Supporters say he was imprisoned in retaliation for his political activism.

Mrs. Clinton is set to visit Azerbaijan on Wednesday as part of a whistle-stop tour of South Caucasus nations. She has previously voiced support for jailed activists in countries she has visited.


Man get 10 years for insult on Twitter

KUWAIT CITY | A court has sentenced a man to 10 years in prison for Twitter posts deemed insulting to Islam and to the rulers of Gulf allies Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, his attorney said Monday.

The attorney, Khaled al-Shatti, is quoted Monday in Gulf media reports as saying his client, Hamad al-Naqi, has a chance to appeal the sentence.

Mr. al-Naqi claims his Twitter account was hacked.

Prosecutors say Mr. al-Naqi’s account contained posts insulting to the Prophet Muhammad and the Gulf states of Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.


Suicide bomber kills four outside barracks

SANAA | A suicide bomber blew up his vehicle outside an army barracks in southern Yemen on Monday, killing four tribal militiamen allied to the military in an attack aimed at stopping an army advance toward a town held by al Qaeda militants.

Government troops are making their way toward the coastal town of Shaqra, one of a string of areas in southern Yemen where al Qaeda terrorists took control over the past year. In recent weeks, the government has launched an intensified offensive by troops and allied tribal fighters trying to retake the region.

On Monday, a suicide bomber in a vehicle drove toward an army barracks in the town of Umsurra, about 30 miles northeast of Shaqra. Troops opened fire on the vehicle, and the driver detonated his explosives, killing himself and four tribal fighters, the Defense Ministry said.


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