The death toll from the train crash in Washington, D.C. hours ago has risen to six. The toll makes the crash the deadliest in the history of the Metro. Officials have said 70 were treated with injuries, and 50 of those had only minor injuries, Washington Post.
President Sarkozy of France spoke out at a special parliament session in Versailles against burkas, the full-length garments worn by Muslim women. Sarkozy has come out in favor of banning burkas in France as he feels that “the burka is not a sign of religion, it is a sign of subservience.” The speech was the first made to the French parliament since the 19th century, BBC News.
Four thieves in Somalia who stole three mobile phones and two guns have been sentenced by a Sharia court in a harsh way – they will each have one arm and one leg amputated, in public. The al-Shabab group uses the punishment frequently, but almost never in the capital city of Mogadishu, where the trial took place. Amnesty International remarked that the four were not given a fair trial, BBC News.
The death of a young woman named Neda in Tehran has captured the world. Videos of Neda dying from a gunshot wound to the chest have circulated virally and have been shown on major news networks. The Los Angeles Times has a wonderful story on her here.