Delhi Gang Rape Case: Court Finds Four Guilty

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After eight months of legal proceedings in the Delhi gang-rape case, an Indian court on Tuesday afternoon found four men guilty of rape, murder and destruction of evidence.

Six males, on the night of Dec. 16 last year, brutally raped and killed a paramedic intern on a moving bus. Of the six, one was a minor and handed a three-year sentence by India’s juvenile justice board last month.

Another accused, Ram Singh, hung himself while in police custody in March this year.

The parents of the victim wept as the verdict was read out. Additional Sessions judge Yogesh Khanna said the men were convicted “for committing murder of a helpless person.”

“They should be hanged and nothing else,” the father of the victim, who remains unnamed in accordance with Indian law, told Reuters earlier.

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Chinese Authorities Close School After Pollution Triggers Mass Nosebleeds

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Officials in eastern China’s Leqing City were forced to temporarily shutter a primary school in Beibaixiang township after 20 students at the facility suffered from spontaneous nosebleeds that were likely caused by air pollution.

According to a report in the Global Times, there are more than 30 factories and industrial workshops located within 1 km from the school. Investigators admitted that exhaust-emission levels at 28 of the plants had not been inspected by officials.

Students were reportedly relocated to another facility on Monday as officials monitored the air quality near the school. According to an article published in the New York Times earlier this year, air pollution caused an estimated 1.2 million premature deaths in China in 2010.

[Global Times]

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After the G-20, Should the U.S. Turn to an Alliance of Democracies?

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The G-20 summit drew to a close this weekend in St. Petersburg shadowed by the same dark clouds that loomed when it started on Thursday. Deep divisions over whether to punish the Syrian regime for its alleged use of chemical weapons dominated media coverage of the meeting, with U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin both remaining intransigent.

Putin maintained his skepticism that the government of his ally, Syrian President Bashar Assad, could have been responsible for an Aug. 21 strike that killed hundreds of civilians in a suburb of Damascus. “We hear one another and understand the arguments, but we don’t agree. I don’t agree with his arguments, he doesn’t agree with mine,” said the Russian President of his American counterpart. Meanwhile, Obama and the leaders of 10 other countries attending the summit issued a joint statement on Friday, demanding a “strong response” to the Assad regime’s alleged…

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