Two 17-year-old boys have been arrested in connection with the rape of a two-and-a-half year old girl in west Delhi, Indian police said.The pair were detained after police questioned residents of the neighbourhood where the girl was raped.Separately three men have been arrested over the gang rape of a five-year-old in the east of the Indian capital.The incidents sparked fresh outrage over India's perceived inability to combat sexual violence.Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has accused the federal government, which controls policing, of not doing enough to protect children.The two-and-a-half year old was abducted on Friday and later found dumped in a park, bleeding profusely.Both of the accused are known to the girl's family, police said.She and the five-year-old, who police said was lured to a neighbour's house before being raped, are undergoing medical treatment but are believed to be out of danger.The incidents come a week after a four-year-old was found near a railway track … [Read more...] about India rape: Arrests over rapes of children in Delhi
In November next year the United States will hold its midterm elections. Every seat in the House of Representatives, and a third of the seats in the Senate, will be up for grabs. For the Democratic party the elections represent a desperately anticipated opportunity to break the Republicans’ complete control of the federal government. If historical midterm trends and the voting patterns of recent special elections hold up, Democrats have a fighting chance of winning back the House, and an outside shot at the Senate. The Republicans will be more desperate than ever to retain their power. If the Democrats win just one chamber, the political landscape will be transformed. In addition to blocking the GOP’s legislative agenda, Democrats will forcefully scrutinise Russia’s interference with the 2016 elections and investigate President Trump’s remarkable commercialisation of his office. Impeachment of the Republican president will become a real … [Read more...] about Be wary: Trump and Putin could yet bring democracy to a halt
Police have seized 800,000 bottles of alcohol from a syndicate that was allegedly defrauding the tax system, potentially costing the government hundreds of millions of dollars. Australian Border Force (ABF) and Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers raided 15 properties across Sydney and Melbourne on Wednesday. Two men were arrested and police seized $1million in cash, designer watches, four luxury cars, and gold coins along with the booze. The investigation was ongoing and more charges were expected to be laid. Two men were arrested (one pictured) during 15 raids across properties across Sydney and Melbourne as part of an investigation into an alleged criminal syndicate ABF Commissioner Michael Outram said the group used a complex scheme to avoid paying duty on alcohol being brought into the country and then fraudulently claim duty refunds on alcohol they exported. '[It's] incredibly rare to see a fraud on this scale,' he said in a press conference Thursday, … [Read more...] about Cops seize 800,000 bottles of alcohol including Jim Beam bourbon and Gordon’s gin from syndicate alleged to have defrauded tax system of hundreds of millions of dollars
Germany has approved the delivery of military equipment to Saudi Arabia despite a commitment not to export arms to countries fighting in the war in Yemen. Read more: Germany: Small arms exports down, light weapons up Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the Social Democrats agreed in their coalition deal early this year not to sell weapons to any side fighting in Yemen's civil war. The agreement excluded already approved exports, so long as they stay in the recipient country. The Federal Security Council, which includes several ministers alongside Merkel, also authorized the export of 48 warheads and 91 homing heads for ship-based air defense systems to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Read more: Yemen conflict: 5 million children face famine A military coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE intervened in Yemen in 2015 to support the internationally recognized government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who was ousted by Houthi rebels. The … [Read more...] about Germany approves Saudi targeting system sale despite Yemen war ban
On the morning of 28 October last year, the day of Iceland’s parliamentary elections, Heiðdís Lilja Magnúsdóttir, a lawyer living in a small town in the north of the country, opened Facebook on her laptop. At the top of her newsfeed, where friends’ recent posts would usually appear, was a box highlighted in light blue. On the left of the box was a button, similar in style to the familiar thumb of the “like” button, but here it was a hand putting a ballot in a slot. “Today is Election Day!” was the accompanying exclamation, in English. And underneath: “Find out where to vote, and share that you voted.” Under that was smaller print saying that 61 people had already voted. Heiðdís took a screenshot and posted it on her own Facebook profile feed, asking: “I’m a little curious! Did everyone get this message in their newsfeed this morning?” In Reykjavik, 120 miles south, Elfa Ýr … [Read more...] about Facebook says its ‘voter button’ is good for turnout. But should the tech giant be nudging us at all?