Afghan President Hamid Karzai has ordered the release of an Afghan woman imprisoned for adultery after a relative raped her.
The move comes after Afghan judicial authorities met to consider the case and proposed a pardon for her on Thursday. CNN is identifying her only as Gulnaz to protect her identity.
Gulnaz had been sentenced to prison for 12 years after she reported that her cousin's husband had raped her two years ago.
Her plight gained international attention when the European Union blocked the broadcast of a documentary made about her ordeal, saying that it would further jeopardize her safety.
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Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar will retire from football at the end of this season.
The 40-year-old former Netherlands international moved to Old Trafford from Fulham in 2005.
Van der Sar has made 245 appearances for the Red Devils and helped them to win three Premier League titles and the 2008 Champions League.
- "It is now time to pay attention to my family," he told the website of his management agency.
- Van der Sar admitted he had been contemplating quitting the game since his wife, Annemarie, collapsed with a brain haemorrhage in December 2009.