Iranian stoned to death

Iranian stoned to death

TEHRAN – Iran said a man convicted of adultery had been stoned to death in a village in northwestern Iran, the first time it has confirmed such an execution in five years.

* China execution BEIJING – China has executed the former chief of its food and drug watchdog, following a sensational downfall that saw him become a symbol of the ruling Communist Party’s struggle against corruption. * Turkey to meet Cyprus NICOSIA – Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat said he is ready to meet Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos to advance a stalled UN initiative to rekindle talks on reunifying the divided island.* Thaksin trial to start BANGKOK – Thailand’s Supreme Court agreed to hear corruption charges against toppled premier Thaksin Shinawatra, in the first graft case against the billionaire to reach court since last year’s coup.* Nuclear talks to resume SEOUL – Six-nation talks on scrapping North Korea’s nuclear programme are likely to resume next week, South Korea said, as disarmament efforts gathered pace following months of stalemate.Nampa-AFP* Turkey to meet Cyprus NICOSIA – Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat said he is ready to meet Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos to advance a stalled UN initiative to rekindle talks on reunifying the divided island.* Thaksin trial to start BANGKOK – Thailand’s Supreme Court agreed to hear corruption charges against toppled premier Thaksin Shinawatra, in the first graft case against the billionaire to reach court since last year’s coup.* Nuclear talks to resume SEOUL – Six-nation talks on scrapping North Korea’s nuclear programme are likely to resume next week, South Korea said, as disarmament efforts gathered pace following months of stalemate.Nampa-AFP

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