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Iran Suspends Stoning Sentence

Iran is suspending the sentence of a woman convicted of adultery who was to be stoned to death Wednesday. The sentence is now under review, Iranian state-run media reported Wednesday. The stoning sentence for Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, a mother of two, had caused much controversy in the West, causing strain even with Brazil, a nation with whom Tehran was proud of its close relationship. Brazil’s president offered asylum for Ashtiani. The Daily Beast’s Women in the World community—including Shohreh Aghdashloo, Madeleine Albright, Tina Brown, Leymah Gbowee, Susan Lyne, Jacqueline Novogratz, and Gloria Steinem—had condemned the death sentence in a petition.