WORLD IN BRIEF: Va. man stuck in Egypt on no-fly list returning home to US

Va. man stuck in Egypt on no-fly list returning home to US

McLEAN, Va. -- A Virginia man whose travels to Yemen caught the attention of the FBI and landed him on the U.S. no-fly list, leaving him stuck in the Middle East for months, will be allowed to return to the U.S.

Yahya Wehelie, 26, of Burke, Va., has been stuck in Egypt for more than two months but is now expected to arrive in New York this afternoon. FBI agents had been questioning him about his time in Yemen, Wehelie said. He went to Yemen nearly two years ago at his parents' urging to learn Arabic and gain some direction in his life.

Wehelie said in a phone interview Thursday that he does not know why U.S. officials reversed course, but said he holds no ill will toward the government for its investigation.

Argentina legalizes gay marriage

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Argentina became the first Latin American nation to legalize gay marriage Thursday, granting same-sex couples all the legal rights, responsibilities and protections that marriage brings to heterosexuals.

The law's passage -- a priority for President Cristina Fernandez's government -- has inspired activists to push for similar laws in other countries, and a wave of gay weddings are expected in Buenos Aires. Some gay business leaders are predicting an economic ripple effect from an increase in tourism among gays and lesbians who will see Argentina as an even more attractive destination.

But it also carries political risks for Fernandez and her husband, former President Nestor Kirchner. The vote divided their governing coalition, and while gay rights have strong support in the capital, anti-gay feelings still run strong in much of Argentine society, where the vast majority of people are Roman Catholic.

At least 20 killed in bombings in southeast Iran

TEHRAN, Iran -- Twin bombings killed at least 20 people outside a mosque in southeastern Iran on Thursday -- including members of the powerful Revolutionary Guard -- in attacks that came less than a month after Iran hanged the leader of a militant insurgent group in the region.

Iran's official IRNA news agency quoted the deputy governor of the Sistan-Baluchistan province, Jalal Sayyah, as saying the explosions tore through a crowd of Shiite worshippers near the main mosque in the provincial capital of Zahedan.