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Six men to appear in India court over gang-rape of Swiss tourist

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Six men were due to appear in court on Monday over the gang-rape and robbery of a Swiss cyclist holidaying in India, an assault which has raised alarm about the safety of tourists.

“We have detained all the six persons and they will be produced before the magistrate after lunch today. We will ask for a police remand for five days for all of them,” M.L. Dhody, a local police official in the central state of Madhya Pradesh, told AFP.

Five of those arrested, all farmers in their twenties, were paraded in front of television cameras in the state late on Sunday. They were dressed in jeans and shirts but with black cloth covering their faces.

A sixth man was detained in a neighbouring state overnight and brought back to the remote district of Datia, about 400 kilometres (250 miles) south of New Delhi, where the men will be produced before a local magistrate.

Only four of them will be charged with gang-rape, which carries a minimum sentence of 10 years, because testimony from the 39-year-old Swiss victim said two of them were “only present at the crime scene”, Dhody said.

All the men face robbery charges as police say the group stole a laptop, a mobile phone and 10,000 rupees ($185) from the victim and her 30-year-old husband, who was tied up before the sexual assault.

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“The six of them have confessed to their roles in the crime,” Dhody said.

The confessions will likely be inadmissible as evidence during the trial because Indian law treats such statements to police as inherently unreliable.

The victims arrived in the country last month and were cycling through northern India on a trip that would take them to the Taj Mahal city of Agra.

The suspects allegedly saw the pair pitching their tent on Friday night in a remote forested area in Datia district and attacked them.

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After being treated in a local hospital, the couple are now in the capital recovering.

They have “expressed their readiness to fully cooperate in the ongoing investigation and identification process. They will continue to stay in India for the moment,” a Swiss embassy statement said on Monday.

Last month the Swiss foreign ministry issued an advisory for its nationals travelling in India, warning that sexual violence was on the rise across the country.

The latest incident, carried on the front pages Monday of major Indian newspapers, comes three months after the fatal gang-rape of a 23-year-old physiotherapy student on a bus in Delhi.

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That attack spurred outrage and countrywide protests over the treatment of women in Indian society and the inadequacy of laws dealing with sexual crimes.

Under a new bill approved by the cabinet last week, rapists face a minimum 20-year jail term and the death penalty if the victim dies from injuries or is left in a persistent vegetative state.

In January a South Korean student holidaying in Madhya Pradesh said she had been raped and drugged by the son of the owner of the hotel where she stayed.

The home minister of the state complained over the weekend about foreign tourists not informing local police about their movements as required.

“This is the system but it is not being followed,” the Press Trust of India news agency quoted Uma Shankar Gupta as saying.

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Fox News on Wednesday cut away from a speech being delivered by President Donald Trump shortly after he complained that the network isn't treating him as fairly as it should.

While talking before the Faith & Freedom Coalition, Trump mentioned that he was watching his "favorite network" recently -- and then he went off on a tangent on how this network needed to do a better job of being nice to him.

"[Fox News] doesn’t always treat me so great, by the way," he said. "They could do better. But at least they are fair!"

Shortly afterward, Fox stopped its lived feed of Trump's speech and host Harris Faulkner jumped in to recap other aspects of the president's speech, including "Merry Christmas coming back."

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Kevin Sorbo, a Trump-loving actor best known for playing Hercules in the TV series "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys," drew instant ridicule this week after he bitterly complained about a Canadian team that wouldn't visit President Donald Trump at the White House.

Earlier this week, Toronto Raptors guard Danny Green said that his team would not accept an invitation to the White House thanks to the behavior of President Donald Trump.

"I try to respect everybody in every field that they do regardless of how crazy things are," Green explained. "But he makes it really hard. He makes it very, very tough to respect how he goes about things and does things. To put it politely, I think it’s a hard no."

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Evangelicals wildly chant ‘4 more years’ after Trump claims mothers are ‘executing’ their infants after birth

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Speaking at the Faith and Freedom Coalition 2019 Road to Majority Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, President Donald Trump claimed that infants were being "executed" after birth.

"Unfortunately, Democrat politicians have become increasingly hostile to pro-life Americans, who want to help more children find a loving home and share their dreams with the world," Trump told the evangelical crowd.

"Virtually every top Democrat now supports taxpayer-funded abortion right up to the moment of birth. By the way, if you watched Virginia, the governor, after the moment of birth -- that was something that nobody -- that was something that nobody heard of before. After the moment of birth."

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