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Hard-line Jomhoori Eslami daily and other newspapers reported Sunday that the move appeared to be linked to protests about an amateurish anti-Islam video clip, which crowds in some 20 countries said drove them to defend their faith and in some cases by attack American embassies.
The report said the 15 Khordad Foundation will pay the higher reward to whoever acts on the 1989 fatwa, or religious edict, issued by Iran’s late leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, which called for the death of the author of “The Satanic Verses” because the novel was considered blasphemous.
The paper said the decision to boost the original reward, offered in the 1990s, came from foundation head Ayatollah Hassan Saneii.
Tribunal sets free Khmer Rouge leader
PHNOM PENH — Cambodia’s war crimes tribunal set free a former leader of the Khmer Rouge on Sunday, upholding a decision that has outraged survivors seeking an explanation of the mass killings committed more than 30 years ago.
Ieng Thirith, 80, who has been declared mentally unfit for trial, was driven out of the U.N.-backed tribunal’s compound by relatives. She made no comment to reporters.
The Sorbonne-educated Shakespeare scholar served as social affairs minister during the Khmer Rouge’s 1975-79 rule, during which an estimated 1.7 million people died of execution, medical neglect, overwork and starvation.
The tribunal initially announced its decision to free Ieng Thirith on Thursday, saying medical experts had determined there was no prospect for her to be tried because of a degenerative mental illness that is probably Alzheimer’s disease.
Army sinks boat with its soldiers onboard
KAMPALA, Uganda — The South Sudanese military sank a boat last week, carrying 170 of its own soldiers on the Nile River, killing at least 10, after mistaking them for enemy forces, an army spokesman said Sunday.
The army opened fire after the military vessel failed to respond to repeated demands to stop, said Col. Philip Aguer. Most of the soldiers managed to swim ashore, he said, but 50 are still missing.
Col. Aguer said the South Sudanese government has launched an investigation, although he described the incident as “an accident.”
Relations between South Sudan and Sudan have been marked by tension stemming from disagreements over their common border and how to share oil revenues.
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