Large mob storms jail and kills prisoner accused of rape

A mob of thousands stormed a jail in the northeastern Indian city of Dimapur, seized a prisoner accused of rape, paraded him through the streets and beat him to death before they could be stopped by police gunfire, a police official said. The dead man, identified by the authorities as Syed Sirf Khan, was accused by locals of being an illegal migrant from Bangladesh and had been arrested on Feb. 24 on suspicion of raping a woman from a Naga tribal community the day before. A curfew was imposed after the beating and continued through Friday.


Kerry to Paris as Iran nuclear talks go down to the wire

Time is running out to forge an agreement on Iran's nuclear program, which, though still a work in progress, is causing angst from Congress to the Knesset to many a majlis in the Middle East. Secretary of State John Kerry flies to Paris on Saturday for consultations with the foreign ministers of France, Britain and Germany. Although the United States is taking the lead in negotiations, the three countries, plus China and Russia, are also involved in trying to frame a deal to constrict Iran's nuclear ability, impose strict monitoring and possibly ease sanctions that began 10 years ago.


Ferguson police chief stays on the job after federal report

Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson was still on the job Friday, two days after a government report blasted his department for years of racial profiling, and the mayor refused to speculate about the chief's future, saying his role was not to "just chop heads." Meanwhile, three Ferguson employees implicated in racist e-mails exposed by that report are now gone from their jobs. Calls for Jackson's removal were renewed again this week after the Justice Department cleared Darren Wilson, the white former Ferguson officer who shot Michael Brown, of federal civil rights charges in the death of the black, unarmed 18-year-old.


No booze during 'Fifty Shades of Grey' showings, Idaho says

Idaho authorities are telling movie theaters serving alcohol that they can't provide drinks during showings of the erotic blockbuster "Fifty Shades of Grey." The Idaho State Police's Alcohol Beverage Control has contacted at least two theaters showing the popular R-rated flick, ordering them to comply with a law banning businesses from serving booze to people watching sexually explicit films. The statute was passed by Idaho lawmakers in 1999.

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