7th APRIL 2015 - Vol.XXXVIII No.018
World News

Nude bather held in Spain

A 22-year-old American man was arrested yesterday after an early morning naked bath in the historic Barcaccia fountain at the foot of Rome's Spanish Steps. The man stripped and bathed in the 17th century Baroque fountain in front of a crowd of tourists, before being led away by police, Italian news agency AGI news agency reported. He faces charges of committing an obscene act, it said. The incident comes less than two weeks after a drunken man was arrested for driving his car down the steps that spiral down to the fountain, one of Rome's most popular tourist attractions.

Reward for reporting 'immoral' SMS

Iran is encouraging people who receive "immoral" messages on their mobile phones to report them to the judiciary and receive a reward, a press report said yesterday. "There are rewards for those who report senders of immoral MMSs to the judiciary," the head of Iran's telecommunications company, Vafa Ghaffarian was quoting as saying by the Etemad daily. Iran has said it would seek to block and censor immoral multimedia messages which have recently become available in Iran, where text-messaging is already massively popular. Iran applies tough censorship on cultural products and Internet access, banning thousands of websites and blogs containing sexual and politically critical material as well as women's rights and social networking sites. Mobile phone owners can put in an official complaint against the senders of offensive messages who will be fined and lose their subscription. During a recent crackdown on vice and unIslamic dressers, there were reports of police checking mobile phones in some parts of the capital in search of illicit content. Iranian officials have acknowledged there is a problem with the clandestine videoing of women in swimming pools, changing rooms and other private situations in a country where there is strict segregation of sexes.

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