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Palace takes unusual step to deny Prince Andrew underage sex claims

Prince Andrew accusationsBuckingham Palace officials have scrambled to quell the growing crisis engulfing Prince Andrew after claims in an American court case that he had “sexual relations” with an underage girl who had been forced into sexual slavery by the multi-millionaire investor Jeffrey Epstein.

The Duke of York returned to Windsor from a new year holiday in the Swiss ski resort of Verbier to face what courtiers described as “lurid and deeply personal” claims detailing his alleged relations over a decade ago with Virginia Roberts.


Five arrested in India for abduction and rape of Japanese student

Rape in IndiaFive men have been arrested in connection to the rape, kidnapping and robbery of a Japanese student visiting India, police say.

The unidentified woman, aged in her early twenties, was approached by three men posing as tour guides in the eastern city of Kolkata, formerly Calcutta, as she checked into a hotel in late November, police commissioner Pallav Kanti Ghosh told the BBC.

With at least one speaking "very fluent Japanese," the men persuaded the unidentified woman to accompany them to Digha, a beach town in East India, where they sexually assaulted and robbed her of 76,000 rupees, or $1,200, at an ATM.


Firefighters battle tremendous wildfires in South Australia, Victoria

wilodfires in AustraliaWildfires in southeastern Australia have spread over thousands of acres and destroyed several homes, forcing firefighters to battle blazes at a level not seen in the region in over three decades.

The fires incinerated regions in the states of South Australia and Victoria, with at least five homes and possibly dozens more being destroyed.


Six women murdered each day as femicide in Mexico nears a pandemic

women being killed in MexicoJosé Diego Suárez Padilla has converted his home into a shrine to his daughter, Rosa Diana. Windows fashioned after her blue eyes stare out on the street. A painting of the girl in a white party dress covers a living room wall, overlooking an altar with offerings of chicken and chewing gum. The food has lain there so long that the red chili sauce has congealed.

Suárez Padilla explains to a visitor that he normally puts out fresh food but lately hasn’t had time. That’s because he’s busy all day consulting with lawyers and politicians to seek justice for her death.


Israel withholds funds, weighs lawsuits against Palestinians

AbbasIsrael has decided to withhold critical tax revenue from the Palestinians and is seeking ways to bring war crimes prosecutions in the United States and elsewhere against President Mahmoud Abbas and other senior figures, Israeli officials said on Saturday.

The moves are in retaliation for moves by the Palestinians to join the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, with the aim of prosecuting Israelis for what they consider war crimes committed on their territory.


Armed group abducts scores of boys in northeast Nigeria; Boko Haram blamed

Nigeria abductionsGunmen abducted 40 male youths from a remote Nigerian village in a raid that residents and a security source blamed on Boko Haram, the extremist group that has gained worldwide notoriety for mass kidnappings and killings.

Witness Mohammed Zarami said the gunmen arrived at the northeastern village of Malari around 8 p.m. on Wednesday local time, heavily armed but did not fire shots or kill anyone.


American Diplomatic Convoy Stoned by Jewish Settlers on West Bank

US diplomats stoned by settlersJewish settlers threw stones at the cars of a U.S. diplomatic delegation which came to inspect vandalism to nearby Palestinian-owned trees in the occupied West Bank on Friday, Israeli police said.

The U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv and consulate in Jerusalem had no immediate comment on the incident outside Adei Ad settlement, which caused no casualties. Such incidents are rare though Washington disapproves of Israel’s settlement policy.


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