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World news in brief

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21 March 2014

AP

Under guard: members of the crew of the MV Seaman Guard Ohio, a US-owned anti-piracy ship which has been detained in India, are asking for more help from the British Government, the Mission to Seafarers said on Tuesday. Altogether, 35 seafarers, including six Britons, have been held for more than five months, awaiting trial in Chennai, on charges of illegally transporting weapons and firearms offences. The ship's captain has told investigators that the vessel was providing armed escorts to ships in the Indian Ocean. The British families, supported by the Mission, have called on the Prime Minister to help them, and have launched a "fighting fund"

Under guard: members of the crew of the MV Seaman Guard Ohio, a US-owned anti-piracy ship which has been detained in India, are asking for more help...

Iranian woman's death sentence dropped

A WOMAN whose case was the subject of an international campaign has had her sentence of death by stoning formally cancelled, the government of Iran announced on Tuesday. Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani has spent nine years in prison, after being convicted of adultery and complicity in the murder of her husband in 2006. She has now been "granted leave" from prison.


New head for Send a Cow

THE development charity Send a Cow has appointed the Revd Simon Barnes as its new chief executive. A British-born Anglican priest, Mr Barnes is a former executive vice-president of the American Bible Society.

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