Police in Bengaluru urged to investigate New Year attacks on women

Reports of sexual assaults on women revellers at New Year’s Eve celebrations in Bengaluru have spurred women’s rights activists to demand that police investigate. The attacks, reminiscent of those blamed on migrants in German cities last year, shocked many Indians, since Bengaluru, home to many well-educated professionals, is regarded as safer for women than the capital, New Delhi. Several women were groped and assaulted by a mob in the city’s central business district on Dec. 31 as they celebrated, according to a Reuters witness and a report in the Bangalore…

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Bombs in Thai resort kill one, injure nine, including foreigners – police

Two bombs exploded in the Thai seaside resort of Hua Hin on Thursday, killing one woman and injuring 10 people, Thai police said. The explosions happened ahead of a public holiday on Friday to mark the birthday of Queen Sirikit. Hua Hin is a popular upscale Thai resort south of Bangkok and many people will have gone there for the holiday weekend. The second bomb exploded near a bar at about 10:20 p.m. (1420 London time), killing a Thai woman and injuring eight foreigners and one other Thai person, local…

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U.N. proposes options for sending police to Burundi, government OKs 20

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has proposed sending between 20 and 3,000 police to Burundi, where political violence has been simmering for a year, but warned that the government signalled it would only accept 20 unarmed experts. In a report, seen by Reuters on Monday, Ban outlined three possible options for a police deployment to the small landlocked African state as requested by the 15-member U.N. Security Council in a resolution unanimously adopted earlier this month. Tit-for-tat attacks between President Pierre Nkurunziza’s security forces and his opponents have escalated since…

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Man shot by police at Capitol complex

A man walked into the underground U.S. Capitol Visitor Center on Monday and was shot and wounded by police after he pointed what appeared to be a weapon at officers, police said. The suspect, Larry Dawson, 66, of Tennessee, was in stable but critical condition at a hospital, Capitol Police said in a statement. A female bystander who suffered wounds was also taken to the hospital, Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa said at a news conference. Her condition has not been disclosed. Police believe the weapon may have been a…

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French riot police fire teargas as Calais camp evictions set to resume

Overnight clashes at ‘Jungle’ refugee camp after police confront people throwing stones at demolition teams Migrants and refugees at the makeshift “Jungle” refugee camp in Calais are braced for another chaotic day, as demolition teams protected by French police resume clearing part of the camp. Riot police fired more teargas overnight after an operation to dismantle hundreds temporary shelters sparked clashes on Monday. Demolition teams returned to the site on Tuesday morning, after police fired teargas at about 150 people who were throwing stones at demolition teams.Video footage from a…

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