BERN, Switzerland - About 700 Swiss Muslims peacefully protested against their country’s minaret ban yesterday. The protest in the capital, Bern, came two weeks after voters decided to ban the construction of minarets, drawing criticism from Muslim and other European nations.
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Officials give Zelaya green light to leaveTEGUCIGALPA - The interim government said yesterday it will allow ousted President Manuel Zelaya to seek asylum outside Central America. The Foreign Ministry said Zelaya could leave the Brazilian Embassy in Tegucigalpa without fear of arrest on charges of treason and abuse of power. He took refuge there after sneaking into Honduras Sept. 21. Zelaya does not plan to leave Honduras this weekend.
Clerics rally to support leaderTEHRAN - Tens of thousands of hardline clerics rallied across Iran yesterday to denounce student protesters who burned photos of the country’s supreme leader in a taboo-shattering act earlier in the week. The rallies were a second day of protest by government supporters outraged by the destruction of photos of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, whom hardliners believe is answerable only to God and above reproach.
Deputy mayor held in crackdownKABUL - The deputy mayor was arrested yesterday for alleged misuse of authority, part of a crackdown after international criticism of corruption in President Hamid Karzai’s government. Wahibuddin Sadat was taken into custody at Kabul International Airport.
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