WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry says Congress must hold off on imposing new sanctions against Iran or risk endangering a "delicate" diplomatic effort to roll back Tehran's nuclear program.
Bangladesh's highest court on Tuesday halted the execution of a top Islamist just 90 minutes before he was to become the first person executed for war crimes committed during the country's bloody independence fight. The Supreme Court halted the execution of Abdul Quader Molla, a senior leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party described by prosecutors as "the Butcher of Mirpur", until 10:30 am Wednesday (0430 GMT), the court registrar said. "The execution has been halted pending a hearing on Wednesday," the registrar A.K.M Shamsul Islam told AFP, without elaborating. Defence lawyer Shishir Munir said they were seeking a last-minute review of Molla's execution order as the country's constitution enshrines rights for a death-row convict to have his appeal heard in the Supreme Court.