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An Afghanistan appeal court has upheld 20-year jail terms for two men who published a translation of the Koran. The prosecution said the translation contained mistakes and called for the defendants to be executed. The men were convicted of modifying the Muslim holy book into Persian while not including the original Arabic text. ... There is no law in Afghanistan prohibiting the translation of the Koran but modification is viewed as...

2009-02-16

 Afghanistan translation Koran Sharia Law Arabic Persian mistake
Israel has airlifted thousands of Jewish Ethiopian refugees out of Sudan, it has emerged. Operation Moses, which has been taking place in secret since 21 November 1984, has been suspended since news of the covert airlift became public. Press leaks have forced the Israeli Government to admit that about 8,000 Ethiopians fleeing famine-struck Ethiopia have now arrived in Israel. The Arab world has been angered by Khartoum's decision to...

1985-01-05

 Israel Arabic refugee Sudan Jewish Ethiopia famine
Net regulator Icann has switched on a system that allows full web addresses that contain no Latin characters.

2010-05-06

 ICANN language script Internet domain name Arabic