Wednesday, January 17, 2018
News Roundup

7 men accused of gang rape in India

India

7 men accused of new rape after bus ride

Police said Sunday that a 29-year-old woman was raped by a bus driver, a bus conductor and five other men in the north Indian state of Punjab, in an incident that recalls the attack in New Delhi that has caused outrage. The woman boarded a bus on Friday bound for Gurdaspur to visit her in-laws, said the police chief, Raj Jit Singh. When she got off the bus, the driver offered her a ride on his motorcycle, perhaps to her in-laws' village, the police said. Instead, he took her to a nearby village where he and six other men, including the bus conductor, raped her. Six men, including the bus driver and conductor, have been arrested. All are in their 20s. A seventh man is at large.

wASHINGTON

U.S. planes part of rescue mission

U.S. warplanes entered Somali airspace Friday in support of an attempt by French commandos to rescue a French agent held hostage by al-Shabab militants in Somalia, President Barack Obama told Congress in a letter Sunday. The warplanes provided "technical support" and did not fire in the operation, which failed, the letter said.

Afghanistan

Civilians killed in blast after raid

An explosion in a mountain village in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday left at least seven civilians dead just after a joint U.S. and Afghan military raid killed four Taliban fighters there, Afghan officials said. Shaheedullah Shaheed, a spokesman for the governor of Wardak province, said seven civilians including one woman were killed, but villagers put the number at 16. It was unclear what caused the explosion, but the villagers blamed the military forces.

Elsewhere

Buffalo, N.Y.: The Veterans Administration has told New York members of Congress that 700 patients at the Buffalo VA Medical Center may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C because of accidental reuse of insulin pens, the Buffalo News reported.

Pakistan: A roadside bomb in the militant hub of North Waziristan killed at least 14 Pakistani soldiers and wounded at least 25 on Sunday, a military official and local tribesmen said.

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