Queen Elizabeth II confers knighthood on author Salman Rushdie

Queen Elizabeth II conferred a knighthood on author Salman Rushdie on Wednesday, a year after the award was announced. The announcement of the knighthood had provoked protests from the Muslim world. In 1989, Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini pronounced a death sentence on Rushdie, accusing him of blasphemy in his novel "The Satanic Verses." "I really have no regrets about any of my work," he told reporters after being asked about "The Satanic Verses."