UN urges Saudi king to halt 'cruel' flogging of blogger

The UN human rights chief on Thursday urged the Saudi king to pardon a blogger sentenced to 10 years jail plus 1,000 lashes, and to review the "cruel" penalty of flogging.

Sudan trouser woman `ready for 40,000 lashes`

A Sudanese journalist facing 40 lashes for wearing "indecent" trousers vowed on the eve of her judgment that she is ready to be whipped 40,000 times in her bid to change the country`s harsh laws.