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India police arrest main suspect after teen raped, burned alive

NEW DELHI: Indian police said Sunday they have arrested the main suspect in the gang rape and gruesome murder of a teenage girl, in the latest of several high-profile sexual assault cases in the country. The local village chief has also been detained while the 16-year-old victim's family have been given special police protection. Dhanu Bhuiyan was found at a relative's house where he was hiding after he and accomplices allegedly burned the girl alive Friday in a remote district of the eastern state of Jharkhand.…

A visual that shows just how many Rohingya villages have been burned

In the four months since the Myanmar military began a crackdown after Rohingya militants attacked an army base and police posts on Aug. 25, around 655,000 members of the stateless Muslim minority have fled the western state of Rakhine and crossed into neighbouring Bangladesh. A Reuters graphic makes use of data from the U.N. Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT) to show hundreds of villages in Rakhine state that were once inhabited by the Rohingya, but have now been burned down. A total of 354 villages…

Indian woman burned to death after leaving boyfriend

NEW DELHI: A father and son have been arrested in India for allegedly burning a woman alive over a soured relationship, authorities said Monday. The 18-year-old was beaten by her former boyfriend and his father before being doused in kerosene and set alight in a district of Rajasthan state in western India, police said. "She was attacked by the father-son duo and later burnt alive," local police officer Manish Charan told a wire service. He said she was returning home when the pair accosted her late Saturday in a…

Rohingya Muslims flee as more than 2,600 houses burned in Myanmar’s Rakhine

COX‘S BAZAR, Bangladesh: More than 2,600 houses have been burned down in Rohingya-majority areas of Myanmar’s northwest in the last week, the government said on Saturday, in one of the deadliest violence against the Muslim minority in decades. About 58,600 Rohingya have fled into neighboring Bangladesh from Myanmar, according to UN refugee agency UNHCR, as aid workers there struggle to cope. Myanmar officials blamed the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) for the burning of the homes. The group claimed responsibility…

Texas mosque destroyed in ‘mysterious’ blaze

VICTORIA, Texas:  An early-morning fire has destroyed a Texas mosque that had been a target of hatred in the past. The Victoria Advocate reports that a convenience store clerk spotted smoke and flames billowing from the Islamic Center of Victoria at around 2 a.m. Saturday and called the fire department. Jeff Cowan, battalion chief for the city's fire department, says firefighters and police officers found the mosque completely consumed in flames when they arrived. The blaze was extinguished about four hours…