Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

World Briefs

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3 Kenyan men are sentenced to death for abusing woman

A Kenyan court on Wednesday sentenced three men to death for stripping naked and abusing a woman during a wave of attacks by mobs claiming that women were inappropriately dressed.

The three men were found guilty of robbery with violence, which carries a death sentence. Kenya's death penalty, by hanging, has not been carried out since 1987 and all such sentences are commuted to life imprisonment.

Most of the series of attacks in 2014 were captured on cellphone video. They prompted protests in Kenya called #MyDressMyChoice.

The victim told the court the three men were among seven on a public bus who tried to rape her but stopped when she said she was HIV-positive.

The three men pleaded for leniency, asking the court to consider that they had spent three years in custody during the trial.

Saudis free woman from miniskirt video * Saudi Arabia announced Wednesday that a woman who was detained after wearing a miniskirt in a video that went viral has been released without charge.

The decision not to press charges was a rare win for supporters of women's rights in Saudi Arabia, who criticized the public outcry against her. It also comes as Saudi Arabia overhauls its prosecution system under a new, young heir to the throne who has taken steps to modernize the country and its public image.

The viral video and the reaction to it in Saudi Arabia prompted police to bring the woman in for questioning for wearing "immodest clothes" in violation of the kingdom's conservative Islamic dress code.

Her release from detention without charge suggests that the subsequent international attention brought to the case may have helped lead to her quick release.

The young woman drew attention over the weekend when the video appeared online showing her walking in a historic village north of the capital, Riyadh, wearing a miniskirt and crop top and showing her hair.

Cuba disappears from list of terrorism-sponsoring countries * After spending 33 years designated a state sponsor of terrorism by the U. …

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