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Islamic State Stones 2 Women to Death for Adultery

Locals refuse to throw rocks

(Newser) - Two women were stoned to death by Islamic State militants within a 24-hour period last month, the AP reports. Their alleged crime: adultery. "People were shocked and couldn't understand what was going on," says an activist witness to one of the stonings in northern Syria. Militants called... More »

Cops Arrest Uncle, Cousins in Stoning Death

Pakistani police trying to round up more than a dozen more

(Newser) - Funny how near-universal condemnation from around the globe can speed up a police investigation. Authorities in Lahore, Pakistan, arrested four more people yesterday in the stoning death of 25-year-old Farzana Parveen, reports the Indian Express . The four include an uncle and two cousins of the pregnant woman, who earned her... More »

Man: I Killed Wife to Marry Woman Who Was Stoned

Mohammad Iqbal says he strangled her 6 years ago

(Newser) - The macabre story of the pregnant woman who was stoned to death by her own family on Tuesday in Pakistan just got far more twisted: Mohammad Iqbal has revealed to CNN that he murdered his first wife so he could wed Farzana Parveen. Officials confirm that his first wife was... More »

Husband: Man Who Stoned Daughter OKed Marriage

Mohammad Iqbal says family got into money trouble

(Newser) - The husband of a Pakistani woman stoned to death by her own family says police ignored pleas for help and stood by as his pregnant wife was murdered outside a courthouse in broad daylight. "We were shouting for help, but nobody listened," Mohammad Iqbal tells the BBC , describing... More »

Father Helps Stone to Death Pregnant Daughter

'Honor killing' takes place outside courthouse in Pakistan

(Newser) - "Stoned to death" doesn't quite capture it. Those who murdered a 25-year-old pregnant Pakistani woman outside a court in Lahore used bricks from a nearby construction site to kill her, reports AP . And it somehow gets worse: The 20 or so attackers included her father, brothers, and other... More »

Future Fate of Afghan Adulterers: Public Stoning?

Human Rights Watch up in arms over proposed provision

(Newser) - Human Rights Watch is up in arms over what it says is an Afghan government proposal to publicly stone married adulterers. It got a look at the draft revision of Afghanistan's penal code, which states that if a court determines a couple engaged in adultery, both shall be... More »

Islamists Stone Mali Lovers to Death

Militants in north exact extreme punishment for sex

(Newser) - Two young, unmarried lovers, apparently with children, were buried up to their necks then stoned to death in a Mali town taken over by Islamist extremists. Bearded men, armed with Kalashnikov rifles, dragged the couple from the countryside into the center of the town of Aguelhok, reports the New York ... More »

14 Iraqi Youths Killed for Wearing Emo Clothes

Shiite militants promise more will die unless they change

(Newser) - At least 14 youths in Baghdad have been stoned or beaten to death in the past month for the crime of dressing like teenagers, reports Reuters . Specifically, they favored emo-syle black clothes and haircuts, which the nation's interior ministry branded as "Satanism" just before the killings began. Apparently,... More »

Iran: We Might Still Stone Adulteress

Tehran apparently still itching to execute Ashtiani

(Newser) - The dizzying saga of Sakineh Mahammadi Ashtiani took another turn today, with Iran saying that it was going forward with plans to execute the convicted adulteress by stoning—unless, of course, it decides to just hang her instead, reports the AP . "There is no haste," said Malek Ajdar... More »

Muslim Woman Stoned for Beauty Pageant Participation

Girl 'violated the laws of Sharia,' said one suspect

(Newser) - A 19-year-old Muslim woman in Ukraine was stoned to death and buried in the woods for participating in a beauty pageant, reports the Daily Mail . The woman reportedly liked clothes and fashion, and had recently placed seventh in a pageant. Local police think that three young men beat and killed... More »

Iran Frees Woman Sentenced to Stoning: Rights Group

But there's still no official confirmation

(Newser) - A little mercy in Iran? A German human rights group says Tehran has freed the woman whose death sentence for adultery—by stoning, no less—sparked world outrage. "We have got news from Iran that they are free," a spokeswoman for the Anti-Stoning Committee tells AFP , referring to... More »

Condemned Iranian Woman: 'I'm a Sinner'

Facing death, Ashtiani allegedly confesses on television

(Newser) - Iranian state-run television has broadcast what it says is a statement from Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, the woman whose on-again, off-again death sentence has sparked an international outcry. (For details click here .) “I’m a sinner,” Ashtiani said—or at least, allegedly said. The woman’s face was... More »

Mexican Mayor Stoned to Death

Latest casualty in violence-plagued town

(Newser) - Mexico's drug violence grows seemingly more brutal with each headline: This time, two small-town politicians were found stoned to death in Michoacan, a western state mired in the country's drug war. Mayor Gustavo Sanchez and city adviser Rafael Equihua, who served in 26,000-strong city of Tancitaro, were found in... More »

Iran: We Won't Stone Ashtiani

But hanging is still on the table

(Newser) - Ever-benevolent Iran has decided that it doesn't absolutely have to stone Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani to death— again? —but it still might hang her. The Iranian foreign minister announced the suspension of the stoning sentence today, Reuters reports, saying the verdict is "being reviewed" and that a final verdict... More »

Times to Iran Woman: Sorry About Lashing

But blasts Tehran's 'pretext' in punishing Ashtiani

(Newser) - As if getting sentenced to death by stoning isn't bad enough: The Times of London is apologizing today to the Iranian woman who got an additional 99 lashes after the newspaper wrongly identified her as a bareheaded woman in a photo. The newspaper previously issued a correction, but today denounced... More »

Vatican: We're Watching Iran's 'Brutal' Stoning Case

Ashtiani now sentenced to 99 lashes over photo

(Newser) - Iran may think Carla Bruni's a prostitute, but the BBC reports that it also thinks it's going to give Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani—the woman Tehran already wants to put to death by stoning—99 lashes over a photo that may or may not depict her bareheaded. Sound like she needs... More »

Taliban Publicly Stones Couple Over Affair

Crowd of about 100 killed adulterers

(Newser) - The Taliban had a couple publicly executed by stoning in Afghanistan yesterday, because “they had an affair,” the governor of the Imam Sahib district tells the Daily Telegraph . About 100 people, many of them Taliban insurgents, gathered to hurl rocks at the couple, who were forced to stand,... More »

Iran Mom in Stoning Case Confesses to Murder

Ashtiani was tortured into making false confession, lawyer says

(Newser) - Iran appears to be getting ready to close the book on a case that has sparked an international outcry. Sakineh Mohammedi Ashtiani, who was sentenced to death by stoning for adultery, appeared on state-run TV last night and confessed not only to adultery, but to aiding in the murder of... More »

Brazil Offers Asylum to Iranian Mom Facing Stoning

Overture by key ally raises hope

(Newser) - Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani's chances of avoiding death by stoning have improved greatly thanks to a surprise offer of asylum from Brazil's president. Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva's overture this weekend to the Iranian mother of two, who has been sentenced to death for adultery, prompted a serious reaction from... More »

Stoning Lawyer's Family Arrested

Iran seeks to force lawyer to return for interrogation

(Newser) - Iran has issued an arrest warrant for a lawyer who has been fighting to save a woman from death by stoning and taken his wife and brother-in-law into custody. Mohammad Mostafaei was interrogated for hours on Saturday before being released. Authorities then issued a warrant for his arrest; when they... More »

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