Portal:Current events/2010 August 12

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  • Four British police officers are charged with beating, dragging, punching, stamping and mocking "terror suspect" Babar Ahmad after arresting him in Tooting, South London in 2003; the suspect, a 36-year-old IT worker, was later deemed innocent. (BBC) (Wandsworth Guardian) (The Independent) (The Guardian) (ABC News) (CNN)
  • China announces an investigation into a brand of powdered milk that caused infant girls to grow breasts. (BBC) (Sify)
  • Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, sentenced to death in Iran, "confesses" to adultery and murder in a televised broadcast. (The Guardian) (Reuters Africa)
  • Federal Judge Vaughn R. Walker, after deciding for the plaintiffs in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, mandates that same-sex marriage in the U.S. state of California should resume on August 18. (The New York Times) (BBC) (The Guardian)
  • Iran commutes several death sentences from stoning to hanging. (The Guardian)
  • Australia convicts a man it accuses of the 2001 smuggling more than 500 asylum seekers aboard a boat from Indonesia. (BBC)
  • Charles Taylor's defence lawyer Courtenay Griffiths is told not to speak, on a temporary basis, at Taylor's trial due to loss of temper; Griffiths apologises and is permitted to continue. (BBC)
  • India issues the producer of the controversial Blackberry devices a 31 August deadline to give the Indian government access to its services or be shut down over concerns the devices could be used to commit a repeat of the 2008 Mumbai attacks. (BBC) (Aljazeera)
  • Israeli citizen Elias Abuelazam, a suspected serial killer from Flint, Michigan, is arrested while attempting to leave the United States. (Haaretz) (BBC) (Japan Today)
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