TEHRAN, Iran — An Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery confessed to helping a man kill her husband and re-enacted the alleged crime in an interview broadcast Friday by Iranian state television — an apparent effort by the government to deflect international criticism over the case.
It was the fourth time Sakineh Mohammedi Ashtiani has been shown on TV as Tehran has faced an international outcry over the announcement that she would be stoned to death.
Authorities announced her conviction in the murder case only after the uproar over the stoning sentence erupted last summer, and her lawyer — who has since been arrested — said she was never formally put on trial for the killing and was tortured into confessing. Iranian authorities could use the murder charge to justify executing Ashtiani by hanging instead of stoning.
Flooding in Panama kills 10, closes canal
PANAMA CITY — Heavy rains and flooding in Panama have killed 10 people and forced more than 4,700 from their homes. Panama's Civil Protection System says more than 450 homes have been destroyed this week.
President Ricardo Martinelli said Friday that he will declare a national state of emergency.
The rains forced the temporary closure of the Panama Canal from Wednesday into Thursday. This week's closure was the first ever for weather reasons since the canal opened in 1914.