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India court sends 13 men to jail over gang-rape of tribal woman KOLKATA: An Indian court on Saturday sentenced 13 people, including a village headman, to 20 years in jail for gang-raping a tribal woman as a punishment for "dishonouring" her community.The 20-year-old woman was gang-raped on orders from tribal village elders who objected to her relationship with a man from a different community.The attack took place in January in a remote village in eastern West Bengal state, where the unmarried woman from the Santhal group, one of India's largest tribes, was suspected of having a relationship with a man from another village.All the 13 accused were found guilty on charges of gang-rape, wrongful confinement and voluntarily causing hurt, lawyers said. "The case ended within eight months. The accused were found guilty on the basis of medical reports and statements of 31 witnesses," prosecution lawyer Mohammed Samsul Zoha told AFF by telephone from the city of Bolpur where the court hearing was ...


Indians rally against climate change ahead of UN talks NEW DELHI: Hundreds of demonstrators rallied in New Delhi on Saturday, calling on the Indian government and world leaders to take urgent steps against climate change at a high-stakes UN summit next week.Carrying placards that read "I want to save forests" and "Coal kills", around 300 protesters shouted slogans and danced to pounding drum beats.The protest came a day ahead of a massive rally planned Sunday in New York called the "People's Climate March", with ...

Israel drone crashes inside Lebanon: military source TYRE: An Israeli drone crashed inside Lebanon on Saturday, coming down close to the demarcation line with the Jewish state, a military source."The drone crashed on the Lebanese border, inside Lebanese territory. Lebanese troops are in the area," the source told AFP.There was no immediate comment from Israel, but the incident is not the first of its kind.In February, an Israeli drone crashed on the Blue Line, the UN-demarcated line between Lebanon and Israel.Israeli soldiers ...

Sierra Leone faces criticism over Ebola shutdown FREETOWN: Sierra Leone began the second day of a 72-hour nationwide shutdown aimed at containing the spread of the deadly Ebola virus on Saturday amid criticism that the action was a poorly planned publicity stunt.Most of Sierra Leone's six million people have been confined to their homes from midnight (0000 GMT) on Friday, with only essential workers such as health professionals and security forces exempt.Almost 30,000 volunteers are going door-to-door to educate locals and hand ...

Tunisia president Marzouki declares re-election bid TUNIS: Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki announced on Saturday he will stand for re-election in November, in a key vote almost four years after a revolt that sparked the Arab Spring uprisings.Marzouki, a fierce opponent of ousted dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, formally presented his candidacy at the offices of the electoral authority, watched on by journalists.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014

Philippines picks up pieces after storm leaves five dead MANILA: Thousands of people displaced by floods triggered by tropical storm Fung-Wong returned to their mud-caked homes in the Philippine capital Saturday, as the death toll from the disaster rose to five, officials said.Heavy rains paralysed the sprawling metropolis of more than 12 million people and nearby regions on Friday, with roof-high floods chasing 83,000 people from their homes, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council."We have no choice but to come ...

G20 nations want Putin at leaders' summit CAIRNS: Vladimir Putin is set to attend the G20 leaders' summit in November despite alarm over Russia's actions in Ukraine with host Australia Saturday saying it was the "emphatic" wish of member nations.There had been question marks over whether Moscow should be invited to the high-powered forum in Brisbane with the brutal five-month conflict that has killed around 3,000 people still unresolved.Opposition to Putin's attendance intensified after a Malaysia Airlines plane was shot down over ...


 



 
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