Raif Baddawi

A Saudi blogger who was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes received the first 50 of his 1,000 lashes today (Friday) in a public flogging that commenced after morning prayers outside a mosque in Jiddah.

London-based human rights group Amnesty International said Raif Baddawi will receive 50 lashes once a week for the next 20 weeks.

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Pregnant Christian Woman Sentenced to Be Executed

A pregnant Sudanese woman who is a devout Christian is willing to die for her religious beliefs.

On May 15, Meriam Yahya Ibrahim, 27, was sentenced to death by hanging for refusing to renounce her Christian faith.

The death sentence will be carried out after Meriam, who is 9 months pregnant, gives birth and weans her baby. Meriam was also sentenced to be flogged 100 times for the crime of adultery for marrying a Christian man. The flogging will commence immediately after she gives birth.

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