A 70-year-old British man has been sentenced to death by the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi which found him guilty of insulting Islam and committing blasphemy by claiming to be a prophet. The court rejected claims that he is mentally ill.
"[Muhammad] Asghar claimed to be a prophet even inside the court. He confessed it in front of the judge," Javed Gul, a government prosecutor, told Agence France-Presse news agency.
The British man, who is from Edinburgh, Scotland, was reportedly arrested in 2010 after writing several letters claiming to be a prophet. His lawyers argued that he has a history of mental illness, but a medical panel rejected the evidence. more >>
A Catholic priest from Ohio who witnessed the prolonged execution of convicted murderer Dennis McGuire last week described it as "inhumane" and "evil," noting that the felon prayed for forgiveness for his crimes.
"What I saw was inhumane. I don't know how any objective observer could come up with any conclusion other than that injection was an evil way to go," Fr. Lawrence Hummer of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Chillicothe, Ohio, wrote in an article for The Guardian on Wednesday, revealing that he attended the execution as McGuire' spiritual adviser.
McGuire's execution last week caused controversy after he was given an untested combination of chemicals that had him gasp for air, snort and choke for 10 of the 14 minutes he took to officially die. The 53-year-old convict is believed to have experienced a rare medical phenomenon known as an "air hunger" after he was administered a dose of midazolam, a sedative, and hydromorphone, a morphine derivative. more >>
Lindsey Vonn may be a world-class skier, but the Olympic star is no exception to the pressure in Hollywood to be thin.
The four-time overall World Cup champion opened up about worries about weight, and even admitted to having cellulite in a recent interview.
A new trend among teens today involves snorting the round sugary candy Smarties, and there are shocking YouTube videos to prove it.
Parents are reeling over news that kids across the U.S. are crushing the popular candies and then snorting them, but fortunately, Scarborough Middle School in Maine is taking action.
According to an informational document released by the school, snorting Smarties could lead to serious health risks. Furthermore, the document from Scarborough discourages kids from both snorting and "smoking" the candy. more >>
The star of reality TV dating show "The Bachelor," Juan Pablo Galavis, apologized after saying gays are "more pervert" and arguing that they shouldn't be allowed to have their version of the show as it would not be a good example for children.
"I want to apologize to all the people I may have offended because of my comments on having a Gay or Bisexual Bachelor. The comment was taken out of context. If you listen to the entire interview, there's nothing but respect for Gay people and their families," Galavis said on Facebook on Saturday, adding that English is his second language and that he did not mean to say the word "pervert."
"What I meant to say was that gay people are more affectionate and intense and for a segment of the TV audience this would be too racy to accept. The show is very racy as it is and I don't let my 5 year old daughter watch it," the 32-year-old former Venezuelan soccer player added. more >>
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that gay people can "feel safe and free" in Russia during the Winter Olympics, which are three weeks away, but warned them to "leave our children in peace."
"We don't outlaw anything and don't nab anyone," Putin said during a visit in Sochi, according to Itar-Tass news agency. "Our law prescribes no responsibility for these kinds of relationships unlike laws in some other countries do."
He added that gay people can "feel safe and free here but please leave our children in peace." more >>