Saturday 16 December 2017

Swiss woman on cycling holiday in India is gang-raped by eight men

A Swiss woman who was on a cycling trip in central India with her husband was gang-raped by eight men, police said yesterday. The attack comes three months after the fatal gang-rape of a woman aboard a New Delhi bus.

Authorities detained and questioned 13 men in connection with the latest attack, which occurred on Friday night as the couple camped out in a forest in Madhya Pradesh state after cycling from the temple town of Orchha, local police officer RK Gurjar said. The men beat the couple and gang-raped the woman, he said. Six of the men were released after questioning.

Cardinal says paedophilia is an 'illness'

A SOUTH African cardinal who helped elect Pope Francis has described paedophilia as a psychological illness and not "a criminal condition".

The Catholic Archbishop of Durban, Wilfrid Fox Napier, told BBC Radio 5 live that people who were abused as children and became paedophiles were not criminally responsible for their actions. Card Napier, who was among the 115 cardinals in the conclave, called paedophilia a "psychological disorder."

Protesters riot in southern Egypt

POLICE fired tear gas to disperse thousands of supporters and opponents of President Mohammed Morsi during clashes that erupted yesterday as he launched development projects in southern Egypt, where residents have long complained of being neglected by the central government.

Mr Morsi was in Sohag province to unveil a housing project and new education complex when thousands of anti-government protesters tried to storm the hall where he was meeting with local officials.

High-ranking Syrian general defects

A HIGH-ranking general in the Syrian army defected yesterday with the help of rebels and said morale was low among those still fighting for President Bashar Assad as the civil war enters its third year.

Major General Mohammed Ezz al-Din Khalouf said many of those still with Assad's regime have lost faith in it. Also yesterday, Human Rights Watch said Syria's government is expanding its use of widely banned cluster bombs. The report said two strikes in the past two weeks killed 11 civilians.

Police quell riots over Kenya elections

KENYAN security forces cracked down on demonstrators yesterday, as crowds gathered to support the defeated presidential candidate Raila Odinga's supreme court challenge to the results of the March 4 elections.

Mr Odinga has refused to concede to Uhuru Kenyatta, who was declared winner last week with 50.07 per cent of the vote. Mr Odinga yesterday filed a petition alleging the elections were not free and fair.

Morrissey cancels shows over illness

Former Smiths frontman Morrissey (53) has cancelled the remainder of his US tour due to a "series of medical mishaps", his publicist said.

The singer was forced to call off 22 dates across the US after suffering a bleeding ulcer, Barrett's oesophagus and double pneumonia in recent months. Publicist Lauren Papapietro said: "Despite his best efforts to try to continue touring, Morrissey has to take a hiatus and will not be able to continue on the rest of the tour."

Irish Independent

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