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Mumbai court convicts four over photographer gang-rape

A Mumbai court convicted four men on Thursday over the gang-rape of a photographer on assignment in the Indian city last year, a case that reignited nationwide anger over women's safety. The court found the men guilty of raping the 22-year-old in August last year at an abandoned mill compound, where she had gone to take photos with a male colleague, close to an upscale area of the financial city.

U.S. Naval Academy midshipman laughed off sex assault: prosecutor

By Tom Ramstack WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former U.S. Naval Academy football player laughed off his suspected sexual assault of a woman midshipman who had passed out at an alcohol-fueled party, a prosecutor said at the start of the man's trial on Tuesday. In the case, among a spate of sexual misconduct allegations in the U.S. armed forces, Midshipman Joshua Tate from Nashville, Tennessee, is the only one to be court-martialed among three Academy football players initially accused of assaulting the woman in April 2012.

U.S. Naval Academy midshipman faces trial in rape case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former Naval Academy football player goes on trial on Monday on charges of sexually assaulting a female midshipman, as the issue of sexual misconduct allegations in the U.S. military remains under scrutiny. Midshipman Joshua Tate, a junior from Nashville, Tennessee, is the only one to be court-martialed among three Academy football players initially accused of assaulting the woman while she was passed out at an alcohol-fueled party in April 2012.

'Raped' Pakistan teen dies after setting self on fire

A Pakistani teenager died Friday after setting herself on fire after a court dropped charges against four men accused of raping her, police said. The incident occurred in Muzaffargarh district of Punjab province, where the horrific 2002 gang rape of Mukhtar Mai, an illiterate women, made headlines around the world. Amina Bibi, aged 18 according to police, doused herself with petrol and set herself alight on Thursday in front of a police station in the village of Beet Meer Hazar.

U.S. Navy bars 151 sailors from jobs after sex assault review

By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy said on Wednesday that 151 sailors had been disqualified from working as sexual assault counselors and other positions as the military tries to improve how it helps victims following a string of high-profile sexual assault cases.

US Senate unanimously passes military sex assault reform

The Senate unanimously approved reforms Monday aimed at curbing sexual assaults in the US military, after a similar but more far-reaching measure failed last week. The bill passed 97-0, a rare moment of strong bipartisan cooperation in a chamber that has become known in recent months for succumbing to the very opposite, political gridlock and acrimony.

U.S. Senate passes military sex assault bill, may take months in House

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate voted 97-0 on Monday to pass reforms in how the military handles sexual assault cases, but it likely will be many months before the changes become law. The measure must still be approved by the House of Representatives, where Democratic and Republican aides said it is unlikely to be up for a vote until much later in 2014.

Ban calls for progress as UN commission on women opens

UN chief Ban Ki-moon said there is still much progress to be made to advance women's rights, despite recent strides, as he opened an annual conference on women Monday. Among priorities are health needs, maternal and child health, sexual education, contraception and fighting violence against women, including female genital mutilation, Ban said at the opening of the UN's 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women. "We have come a long way, but there is much still to do and little time to do it," he said.

Mounties in Alberta charge Catholic priest in sex assault of minor

MANNING, Alta. - A Catholic priest in northwestern Alberta has been charged in the sexual assault of a minor. RCMP say Abraham Azhakathu, 59, of Manning, Alberta, was arrested Friday and faces charges of sexual assault and sexual interference. Police say the alleged assaults occurred in 2013 and were reported by the minor to RCMP in Manning. They say Azhakathu was a priest practising in the Manning area during that time. Police are not releasing the alleged victim's age or sex in order to protect the person's identity.

Violence against women 'pandemic' in Mexico

By Anahi Rama and Lizbeth Diaz ECATEPEC, Mexico (Reuters) - So many teenage girls turned up dead in a vacant field on the outskirts of Mexico City that people nicknamed it the "women's dumping ground." They began showing up in 2006, usually left among piles of garbage. Some were victims of domestic violence, others of drug gangs that have seized control of entire neighborhoods in the gritty town of Ecatepec, northeast of the capital.
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