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New Delhi: The Supreme Court will on Friday hear a PIL for women's safety filed by a former IAS officer. The PIL asks the government to ensure safety for women across the country and set up fast-track court proceedings of all rape cases. The PIL also asks for MLAs or MPs chargesheeted with crimes against women to be suspended. According to a report, two MPs and 42 MLAs are accused of crimes against women including rape. In the aftermath of the brutal Delhi gangrape incident, there has been huge public outcry against political parties giving tickets to tainted men, especially those who have rape charges against them. On Thursday, the ruling Congress expelled a local party leader in the Bodoland area of Assam who had been accused of raping a mother of two. Earlier, the Trinamool Congress suspended its partymen who had been caught on video heckling and throwing money at women dancers at their foundation day party.

Obama says strains over Ukraine not leading to new Cold War with Russia

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Obama says strains over Ukraine not leading to new Cold War with Russia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama escalated U.S. economic sanctions against Russia on Tuesday for its aggression against Ukraine but dismissed suggestions the growing chill in U.S.-Russian...


Australia issues arrest warrants over Syria severed head photos

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Australia issues arrest warrants over Syria severed head photos

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia has issued arrest warrants for a pair of Australian citizens believed to be fighting in Syria, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reported on Tuesday, after ima...

EU agrees first broad sanctions on Russia; U.S. expected to follow

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EU agrees first broad sanctions on Russia; U.S. expected to follow

BRUSSELS/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - The European Union agreed for the first time on Tuesday to impose broad sanctions against Russian oil companies, banks and defence firms, by far the strongest inte...

Israel intensifies Gaza assault, Egyptians revise truce plan

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Israel intensifies Gaza assault, Egyptians revise truce plan

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel knocked out Gaza's only power plant and pounded dozens of other high-profile targets on Tuesday, while Egyptian mediators prepared a revised proposal for halting its ...

EU agrees first broad sanctions on Russia; Ukraine fighting kills dozens

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EU agrees first broad sanctions on Russia; Ukraine fighting kills dozens

BRUSSELS/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - The European Union agreed for the first time on Tuesday to impose broad sanctions against Russian oil companies, banks and defence firms, by far the strongest inte...

Chinese police shoot dead dozens after attack in Xinjiang

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Chinese police shoot dead dozens after attack in Xinjiang

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese police shot dead dozens of knife-wielding attackers on Monday morning after they staged assaults on two towns in the western region of Xinjiang, the official Xinhua news a...

Dozens killed in fierce fighting in eastern Ukraine

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Dozens killed in fierce fighting in eastern Ukraine

DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - Intense fighting between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine killed dozens of civilians, soldiers and rebels, as Kiev pressed on with an offensive on...