Hitting the headlines: murdered Afghan woman wins justice, addicted children struggle on Pakistan streets, anti-Muslim group raided, unusual uses of Arabic, some comfort for Qatar’s workers, and botched museum restoration in Turkey.
Four sentenced to death over mob killing of Afghan woman
Four Afghan men were sentenced to death for the savage lynching of a woman falsely accused of blasphemy, a landmark judgement in a nation where female victims often have little legal recourse. The Kabul primary court also sentenced eight people to 16 years in prison while 18 others were found not guilty after a three-day trial broadcast live on national television.
Afghan runaways fight heroin addiction on Pakistan streets
After his brother beat him with chains, Abdullah decided enough was enough and fled his home in Kabul to Pakistan, where he lived rough, sleeping where he could and battling drug addiction. The 14-year-old was one of hundreds of Afghan runaways hooked on drugs and living on the streets in Pakistan, bedding down on roads, under bridges, at bus stops and around garbage dumps.
Four arrested in German raids on anti-Muslim ‘terror’ group
German police have arrested four people accused of belonging to a far-right “terror” organisation that acquired explosives for attacks on Muslims and refugee homes. The early-morning swoops in five states occurred with the country already on edge after authorities last week said they had foiled a planned Islamist attack by a German-Turkish couple armed with a pipe bomb and other weapons.
Bangladesh uses ‘sacred Arabic’ to stop peeing in public
For years authorities in Bangladesh have battled to stop men urinating in public, with signs in the local Bengali language failing to halt the seemingly endless number of offenders. But the Bangladesh religious affairs ministry’s recent decision to erect new signs in Arabic has had a marked effect, despite most Bangladeshis being unable to read the language.
Qatar to house 250,000 labourers in new ‘cities’
Qatar is to build seven “cities” to house more than a quarter of a million migrant labourers building major infrastructure and projects for the 2022 World Cup, officials said. Ministers said all seven should be built by the end of 2016 and that the largest, “Labour City” for 70,000 people and complete with its own 24,000-seat cricket stadium, will begin housing workers in the next few weeks.
Turkey investigates botched restoration at archeology museum
Turkish authorities launched an investigation after a number of ancient Roman mosaics were badly damaged during a botched restoration attempt at a museum in southern Turkey. The inquiry comes after reports that at least 10 priceless mosaics at the Archaeology Museum in the southern province of Hatay had been damaged while being restored and moved to a new building.