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Irani man hung for murdering wife
TEHRAN, Iran
Iran hanged in public a man found guilty of murdering his wife more than two years ago in the southern city of Kazeroun, a newspaper reported yesterday.
The 25-year-old man, identified only as Abouzar, was hanged on Monday morning in one of the main squares of the city as hundreds of people gathered to watch, the daily newspaper Iran said.
The man shot dead his 21-year-old wife, identified only as Maryam, with a Kalashnikov rifle to allow him to marry another woman, judiciary official, Abolfazl Ashouri, was quoted as saying.
The latest execution brings to at least 295 the number of people hanged in Iran this year, according to an Agence France-Presse count compiled from local press reports. Many are hanged in public.
Presidential feast
WASHINGTON, D.C.
U.S. President George W. Bush brought his extended family together for a Christmas celebration at the chief executive's retreat at Camp David, Maryland, with gift exchanges and a traditional midday feast on the holiday agenda.
Gathered at the wooded compound in the Catoctin Mountains were the first couple's twin daughters, Barbara and Jenna; Mrs. Bush's mother, Jenna Welch; the president's sister, Doro Bush Koch, and her family; and the president's brother, Marvin, and his family.
The Christmas Day lunch menu called for roast turkey, cornbread dressing, green beans, sweet potato casserole, fruit salad, pumpkin and pecan pies and red velvet cake.
Romantic holiday
PARIS, France
French President Nicolas Sarkozy left Paris yesterday for a private Christmas holiday in the Egyptian tourist town of Luxor accompanied by his new love, ex-supermodel Carla Bruni, an airport source said.
Sarkozy "was accompanied by Carla Bruni and nine other people," the source said, adding that the president left on a Falcon 900 plane owned by French billionaire tycoon Vincent Bollore.
The president will begin a two-day official tour of Egypt on December 30.
Abu Samhadana freed
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip
The Hamas government has released the former director of Gaza's electric company, officials announced yesterday, six months after arresting him in a crackdown on political rivals in the wake of the Islamic militant group's takeover of the area.
Suleiman Abu Samhadana was arrested in July, weeks after Hamas routed the rival Fatah movement and seized power. Abu Samhadana, a Fatah sympathizer, was charged with embezzlement.
The Interior Ministry said Abu Samhadana was freed on Monday. It said he paid a US$100,000 fine, and turned over a deed to two acres of property as bail.
Car crashes into studio
CHICAGO, Illinois
Gerald Richardson was charged with felony criminal damage to property after crashing his Mazda MPV into WLS-TV studios, said Tandra Simonton, a spokeswoman for the Cook County state's attorney's office. He also was ticketed for reckless driving and operating a vehicle without insurance.
No one inside the studio was injured, police said.


Updated : 2021-06-17 11:46 GMT+08:00