Friday's coverage: Supreme Leader speaks, Hawaii girds, gun laws slide
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• The Allen Stanford case. Alexandra Marks explains the charges against the billionaire financier.Skip to next paragraph
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• Scientology in France. In closing arguments before a criminal court in Paris, two French prosecutors this week called for dissolution of the church itself, the first such instance in France. Robert Marquand covers the trial.
• Google in China. Peter Ford on Google's Chinese travails. Just a couple of weeks after bending over backward to keep Chinese government censors happy during the sensitive Tiananmen Square anniversary, the company that pledges not to be "evil" is being thumped by Beijing for being pornographers.
• Sri Lanka's Tamil minority. Simon Montlake looks at how Sri Lanka is treating the defeated Tamils. Since defeating the rebel Tigers last month, the government has refused to release some 300,000 Tamil war refugees. It's also kiboshed a national inquiry into wartime abuses and rebuffed calls for an international investigation.
• Iran's savvy protests. Yigal Schleifer on why new-media experts say that Iran's civil resistance movement is unique. The government's tight control on media and the Internet has spawned a generation adept at circumventing cyber roadblocks, making the country ripe for a technology-driven protest movement.
• Khamenei's warning. Scott Peterson reports on the Supreme Leader's warning to protesters and their leaders that they cannot continue to protest – and if they do, they will be responsible for any violence and bloodshed.
• The Hermitage franchise. Joel Weickgenant on Saint Petersburg's Hermitage opening its first ever branch outside Russia, in Amsterdam. The opening of the massive new museum is set for June 20. The two cities have a shared history that dates back 400 years and this museum is meant to set the relationship into stone.