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Judge in India clears men in UK teen’s rape and death

GOA –– A judge acquitted two men Friday in the rape and death of British teen Scarlett Keeling in the Indian state of Goa in 2008. Placido Carvalho and Samson D’Souza were charged with culpable homicide and grievous sexual assault. They denied any wrongdoing. The girl’s mother, Fiona McKeown, has been fighting to uncover what happened […]

Indian official steps down over ‘rape victim selfie’

NEW DEHLI –– An Indian official has resigned after she and another women’s rights advocate were pictured taking a smiling selfie with a rape victim. First emerging on the phone messaging service WhatsApp, the pictures were taken when members of the Rajasthan Commission for Women met the victim at a police station on Wednesday. The woman […]

At least 93 killed by lightning in India

NEW DEHLI –– At least 93 people have been killed and more than 20 injured by lightning strikes in the Indian states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, officials say. Most of the people who died were working on farms during torrential rains on Tuesday, reports said. Lightning strikes are common in India during […]

INDIA – Teen gives birth to 15-pound baby

DELHI –– A young woman in India has given birth to a 15-pound baby girl, which doctors believe is the country’s heaviest newborn. The 6.8-kilogram baby is the weight of an average four-month old, and was born by cesarean section Monday to a 19-year-old woman. “I have been working for ten years in this hospital, […]

INDIA – 110 die in fire

PARAVOOR — Medical teams on Monday tended to hundreds of people injured in a massive fire that killed at least 110 people, while authorities searched for those responsible for illegally putting on the fireworks display that caused the weekend blaze at a Hindu temple in southern India. Amid the burned wreckage of the Puttingal Devi […]

INDIA – Three held for collapse

KOLKATA — Indian police on Friday arrested three officials and detained seven more from a company constructing an overpass that collapsed onto a crowded Kolkata neighbourhood, killing at least 24 people and injuring more than 80. Rescuers cleared the crumbled concrete and twisted metal rods a day after the collapse in the crowded area of […]

INDIA – Deadly collapse

NEW DEHLI –– A highway overpass collapsed Thursday in Kolkata, India, crushing vehicles below, killing at least 22 people and leaving dozens more missing, authorities said. Major General Anurag Gupta of India’s National Disaster Management Authority told CNN on Thursday night that authorities still didn’t know how many people were driving across that section of highway, […]

PERU – 35-pound tumour removed

LIMA –– Peruvian doctors have removed what was described by health officials as a “giant” 35.3-pound tumour from the abdomen of a woman in Lima, the capital of Peru. The patient, identified by the Peru’s Ministry of Health as Irianita Rojas, 22, had lived with the ovarian tumour since she was 13 years old. The […]

INDIA – No-selfie zones

MUMBAI — Look around in any major Indian city, and you will find someone with an arm outstretched, mobile phone in hand, smiling widely and clicking away. Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi has embraced the medium, posting pictures online he has snapped with various world leaders. But the pursuit of the most epic selfie can […]

INDIA – Dry taps

DEHLI –– Leaders of the Jat community reached a deal late today to end protests that paralyzed Haryana and cut water supplies to Delhi’s 20 million residents, after winning a pledge of more government jobs. Days of rioting and looting across Haryana by the Jat community had challenged Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s promise of better […]

INDIA – Leopard attack

BANGALORE –– A male leopard which entered a school in the Indian city of Bangalore injured six people trying to capture it. A scientist and a forestry employee were among those mauled during the near ten-hour-long effort to corner the dangerous animal yesterday. The leopard, which strolled into the Vibgyor International School, was eventually tranquillized and […]

INDIA – Women march for right to worship

NEW DELHI –– Police in western India have prevented hundreds of women from marching to a temple traditionally open only to men. The protesters want access to pray in its inner sanctum, but were stopped in a village 70 kilometres from their destination in Maharashtra state. The group want to end the “humiliating” practice of barring […]

INDIA – Earthquake kills at least seven

NEW DELHI –– Thangkhonao Gangte wasn’t sure if he was awake when a magnitude-6.7 earthquake struck northeastern India this morning. “What is happening? Am I dreaming or is this real?” Gangte, who works for World Vision’s HIV AIDS Project, asked himself. “Then I started to hear my wife and children shouting. We all came out […]

INDIA –– Child rapes hurting New Dehli

NEW DEHLI –– A spate of rape cases involving very young children has shocked New Delhi and prompted calls for authorities to do more to stop them. Two teenagers, aged 16 and 17, were arrested yesterday for the alleged abduction and rape of a two-and-a-half year old girl, who went missing from outside her home […]

World – Miracle survival

BOGOTA –– A young mother and her baby have been found alive five days after their plane crashed in the jungle of western Colombia. A Colombian Air Force chief described their survival as “a miracle”. Maria Nelly Murillo, 18, and her one-year-old son were found by rescuers near to where their small Cessna plane crashed […]

World – Heatwave continues to scorch India

PEREPALLY –– Mallayia Baddula sits barefoot beneath the shelter of his hut in Perepally, a small village outside Hyderabad. He is 76 years old and mourning the death of his son Venkatesham, who at half his age succumbed to the heat during the recent hot, dry spell. “He had gone to get some medicine for […]

World – Police detained over migrant graves

KUALA LUMPUR –– Malaysia has detained 12 policemen suspected of human trafficking, two of whom are said to be connected to recently discovered jungle graves. Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said the two officers were suspected of transporting migrants. He also clarified that the 139 graves found on the border with […]

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