Poets face lashes for over handshakes

Two Iranian poets are facing 99 lashes each for shaking hands with people of the opposite sex in one of the latest examples of harsh punishments meted out against writers and artists by Iran’s judiciary, according to human rights advocates.

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Refugees bike their way to salvation

The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, streak the skies in spectacular shades of green, red and purple in this far northern Norwegian town of Kirkenes. Tourists flock to this bit of the Arctic Circle to chase the mesmerizing lights. But an entirely different reason drives the curious figures on bikes arriving here from Russia.

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