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A female foreign tourist was kidnapped, raped and robbed on a minibus in Rio de Janeiro, police said, highlighting security concerns in the Brazilian city that will host matches in the 2014 World Cup and will put on the Summer Olympics two years later.

A male foreign tourist on the minibus was also held captive and robbed, according to Rio police.

Police said they would not release the identities or nationalities of the victims, but the U.S. Embassy said Monday that one of the two is an American citizen, and a U.S. State Department official on Monday said the woman raped was a U.S. citizen.

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Israeli soldiers patrol near the border with the Gaza Strip November 16, 2012. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

JERUSALEM | Wed Apr 3, 2013 4:04am EDT

 

The Israeli military said two rockets fired from the Gaza Strip struck southern Israel on Wednesday, causing no casualties, hours after it launched its first air strikes in the Palestinian enclave in four months.

Israeli planes had gone into action on Tuesday, targeting what the military described as “two extensive terror sites in the northern Gaza Strip”, after three rockets were fired into Israel earlier that day, causing no casualties or damage.

An al Qaeda-linked group, Magles Shoura al-Mujahadeen, claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s rocket salvo, saying it was responding to the death earlier in the day of a Palestinian prisoner in an Israel jail. There was no immediate claim for Wednesday’s rocket fire.

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The sound of passing freight trains is a constant backdrop in this small southeast Iowa community.

So is the sight of people driving around lowered gates at the Fourth Street crossing, says a women who lives near the tracks.

A young mother’s fateful decision to proceed around the gates and across a double set of tracks — her view blocked by a train on the first set of tracks — killed two of her daughters and sent her and a third child to the hospital Monday afternoon.

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Last Saturday’s brutal assault has refocused attention on the safety of visitors to Rio de Janeiro as the city gears up to receive the millions of foreigners expected to visit for the Catholic Church’s World Youth Day this July, football’s World Cup final next year and the summer Olympics in 2016.Last Saturday’s brutal assault has refocused attention on the safety of visitors to Rio de Janeiro as the city gears up to receive the millions of foreigners expected to visit for the Catholic Church’s World Youth Day this July, football’s World Cup final next year and the summer Olympics in 2016.

 

Police in Rio de Janeiro have arrested a third man in connection with the brutal gang rape of a foreign student in the city last Saturday.

The US woman and a French companion were taking an illegal van service from the Copacabana beachside neighbourhood towards the centre when the driver and two other men in the van forced out other passengers after robbing them.

The men then drove off with the two foreigners. The 21-year-old woman was raped repeatedly as the men took turns driving the van. Her male travelling companion was tied up and beaten during her ordeal.

The two were held for six hours as the three attackers used their credit cards to withdraw money and buy drinks in petrol stations. Images recorded at the stations helped to identify the three men.

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Mick and Mairead Philpott, Paul Mosley
Mick and Mairead Philpott, and Paul Mosley, will be sentenced on Wednesday

 

The parents who started a blaze which killed six children as they slept have been convicted of their manslaughter.

Mick and Mairead Philpott, and friend Paul Mosley, were found guilty of starting the fire in Derby to frame a former mistress in a custody battle.

The jury at Nottingham Crown Court returned unanimous decisions on Mosley and Mick Philpott while Mairead Philpott was convicted by a majority.

A senior police officer said it was the most tragic case he had worked on.

Five of the Philpott’s children died in their home in Victory Road and the sixth, from a previous relationship, died in hospital.

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Some 4,500 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails sent back their food on Wednesday morning as part of a protest launched following the death from cancer of a Palestinian inmate which the PA blamed on Israeli medical negligence.

Palestinian prisoners declared a three-day hunger strike on Tuesday following the death of 63-year-old Maissara Abu Hamdiyeh, a Hamas member who was serving a life term for his role in a thwarted 2002 terror plot to blow up a Jerusalem restaurant.

An autopsy of Hamdiyeh’s body was scheduled to take place Wednesday at the Institute of Forensic Medicine at Abu Kabir in Tel Aviv in the presence of a Palestinian observer. The body will then be transferred to the Palestinian Authority for burial.

Hamdiyeh’s funeral was scheduled to take place Thursday in his hometown of Hebron.

 

Source:http://www.jpost.com

Palestinian protesters took cover on Tuesday during clashes with Israeli soldiers in Hebron in the West Bank.

JERUSALEM — Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners staged protests in Israeli jails on Tuesday as the Palestinian leadership accused Israel of deliberately delaying the treatment of a fellow prisoner who died that morning of cancer.

Maysara Abu Hamdiya, 64, a retired general in the Palestinian Authority security services, died in a hospital in southern Israel two months after receiving a diagnosis of throat cancer. Mr. Hamdiya was detained by Israel in 2002, at the height of the second Palestinian uprising, and was serving a life term for attempted murder after sending a suicide bomber to a cafe in Jerusalem, Israeli officials said. The bomb failed to detonate.

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