India. Cabinet Backs Plan for Tougher Rape Penalties. NEW DELHI ...[Derived Headline]
Cabinet backs plan for tougher rape penalties
NEW DELHI -- India's cabinet accepted most of the recommendations of a commission for toughening laws for crimes against women, including increasing the penalty for rape.
The panel was set up in response to the fatal gang rape in December of a young woman on a moving bus in New Delhi.
The cabinet recommended on Friday that the president issue an ordinance to turn the proposals into law, Law Minister Ashwini Kumar said.
The commission recommended an increase in the penalty for rape to 20 years and suggested life terms for gang rape.
The Press Trust of India news agency said the cabinet went beyond the panel's recommendations by providing for death sentences in cases in which a rape leads to the death of the victim or leaves her in a "persistent vegetative state."
18 Islamists killedin training camp raid
MAIDUGURI -- Nigerian soldiers attacked training camps for suspected members of the radical Islamic sect Boko Haram deep in a game reserve in the nation's restive northeast in a raid that left at least 18 people dead, a military spokesman said on Friday.
Lt. Col. Sagir Musa said soldiers backed up by attack helicopters killed 17 "Boko Haram terrorists" in the fighting, and one soldier was killed.
Boko Haram, whose name means "Western education is sacrilege," was blamed for killing at least 792 people in 2012.
Inspector gets term for phone hacking
LONDON -- A senior police officer was given a 15-month term in prison on Friday, the first person sentenced in the wide-ranging phone hacking inquiry in Britain.
Detective Chief Inspector April Casburn was convicted last month of illegally attempting to sell information to a tabloid journalist in 2010.
The decision was handed down by Judge Adrian Fulford, who called Casburn's actions "a corrupt attempt to make money out of sensitive and potentially very damaging information," according to a BBC report. …