Sri Lankan presidential nominee faces court test
Colombo: A court in Sri Lanka set up a three-judge panel on Monday to hear a petition challenging the citizenship of presidential nominee Gotabaya Rajapaksa, which could disqualify the hardline former defence chief from the November 16 vote if it succeeds. Rajapaksa is widely seen as the election frontrunner because of his popularity among majority Sinhala Buddhists over his role in ending a 26-year civil war in 2009. Reuters
Indian girl flew to Abu Dhabi ‘for love’
Abu Dhabi: A 19-year-old Delhi-based Christian girl who flew to Abu Dhabi earlier this month and embraced Islam, has rubbished reports that she has been abducted and coerced into joining a terrorist group, adding that she came to the UAE for love. “This is not true. I have found my true calling and have come to Abu Dhabi of my own free will. No one forced me. I am an adult citizen of India and can make my own decision,” Ciyani Benny, now known as Aisha, told Gulf News on Sunday. On September 18, she took a flight to Abu Dhabi to marry an Abu Dhabi-based Indian man she became friends with on social media nine months ago. IANS
After outcry, Russia quashes jail term for actor
Moscow: A Moscow court on Monday overturned a prison sentence for actor Pavel Ustinov, giving him instead a one-year suspended sentence, in a case that has sparked protests and a major solidarity campaign over alleged police brutality. Ustinov (23) was this month sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison for violence against police at an opposition protest, despite his insistence he was just a bystander.