The student journalist: An Afghan appeals court overturned a death sentence Tuesday for 24-year-old Parwez Kambakhsh, a journalism student accused of blasphemy for asking questions in class about women's rights under Islam. The judges sentenced him to 20 years in prison. "I don't accept the court's decision," Kambakhsh told the Associated Press as he was leaving the courtroom. "It is an unfair decision." The case can be appealed to the Supreme Court, the highest court in Afghanistan.
The poet: Police in Jordan arrested poet Islam Samhan on Tuesday for incorporating verses of the Koran, the Muslim holy book, into his love poetry. His collection of poems, Grace like a Shadow, was published without the approval of the government, and authorities say it insults the holy book. Samhan was charged with harming the Islamic faith and violating the press and publication law for combining the sacred words of the Koran with sexual themes. If convicted, the poet could face up to three years in jail.