4 MEN IN INDIA ARRESTED IN TOURIST’S RAPE
new delhi» Indian police said Monday that they arrested four men on suspicion of raping an American tourist who went to New Delhi alone this year, marking another incident of sexual violence to stir outrage.
Police Officer Rakesh Kumar said the suspects — a tour guide and his associate, a car driver and a hotel worker — were arrested Monday.
The woman said in her police complaint that the four men raped her after she was drugged in a New Delhi hotel room in April. They denied the accusations.
She also said the four men had shot a video of the attack and had threatened to make it public if she reported the matter to anyone, police said.
Kremlin plays down terror attack possibility in jet crash B
sochi, russia» The Kremlin on Monday played down the possibility that a terror attack might have downed a Syria-bound Russian plane, killing all 92 people on board, as the nation observed a day of mourning for the victims, including most members of a world famous military choir.
The Tu-154 owned by the Russian Defense Ministry crashed into the Black Sea early Sunday two minutes after taking off in good weather from the city of Sochi. The plane was carrying members of the Alexandrov Ensemble, often referred to as the Red Army Choir, to a New Year’s concert at a Russian military base in Syria.
Officials sought to squelch speculation that the crash might have been caused by a bomb planted on board or a portable air defense missile. But some aviation experts pointed that the crew’s failure to communicate any technical problem and a large area over which fragments of the plane were scattered point at a possible explosion on board.
Japanese prime minister arrives in Hawaii for memorial visit B
pearl harbor, hawaii» Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived Monday to recognize the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor. Abe landed at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for the historic visit. He will be the first Japanese prime minister to visit the memorial that honors sailors and Marines killed in the 1941 attack.
Japan’s former leader Shigeru Yoshida went to Pearl Harbor six years after the country’s World War II surrender, but that was before the USS Arizona Memorial was built. Yoshida arrived at Pearl Harbor in 1951, shortly after requesting a courtesy visit to the office of Adm. Arthur W.R. Radford, commander of the U.S. Pacific fleet.
Trump pick for ambassador to Israel sparks hot debate B If
new york» President-elect Donald Trump wanted to show he planned to obliterate President Barack Obama’s approach to Israel, he might have found his man to deliver that message in David Friedman, his pick for U.S. ambassador. The bankruptcy lawyer and son of an Orthodox rabbi is everything Obama is not: a fervent supporter of Israeli settlements, opponent of Palestinian statehood and unrelenting defender of Israel’s government. So far to the right is Friedman that many Israel supporters worry he could push Israel’s hawkish Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to be more extreme.