World briefs: Seven arrested in India rape

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NEW DELHI -- Police in the northern Indian state of Punjab said Sunday that they have arrested seven men accused of the gang rape of a 29-year-old woman who was traveling alone on a bus, less than four weeks after the brutal rape and killing of a woman on a New Delhi bus created a national outcry about the safety of women in public places.

In the latest incident, police said a woman was taking a bus home to her village at around 5 p.m. Friday. She was the sole passenger on the bus for about 30 minutes. Police said the bus driver did not heed her request to stop at her village and instead stopped at a desolate spot farther away.

Friday's attack bore similarities to the high-profile case of a 23-year-old woman who was gang-raped and beaten inside a moving bus last month in New Delhi.

Thousands rally for Chavez

CARACAS, Venezuela -- Thousands of supporters of Venezuela's absent, cancer-stricken president held rallies across the nation Sunday to defend Hugo Chavez's populist "revolution," with a top ally alleging that far-right factions were seeking violent instability.

The opposition says the government's indefinite postponement of Mr. Chavez's inauguration, which was to have occurred Thursday, is unconstitutional and is demanding it lift the veil of secrecy about his medical condition.

Explosion kills at least 7

KABUL, Afghanistan -- An explosion Sunday in a mountain village in eastern Afghanistan left at least seven civilians dead just after a joint U.S. and Afghan military raid killed four Taliban fighters there, Afghan officials said.

Shaheedullah Shaheed, a spokesman for the governor of Wardak province, said seven civilians, including one woman, were killed, but villagers put the number of civilian deaths at 16.

A spokesman for international forces said an investigation was under way and that the explosion occurred after the Taliban fighters were killed.

Foxconn under microscope

SHANGHAI -- Foxconn Technology, the huge contract electronics manufacturer that makes the Apple iPhone and other popular products, said it was investigating whether its employees had accepted bribes from supply-chain partners.

The company said last week that an internal investigation had uncovered possible wrongdoing in the supply chain and those findings had been shared with the authorities in China.

Adoption ban under fire

MOSCOW -- Thousands of Russians marched Sunday in condemnation of the Russian Parliament's move to ban the adoption of Russian children by U.S. families, an event called a "March Against Scoundrels," where participants chanted, "Take your hands off children," and carried posters showing the faces of lawmakers stamped with the word "shame."

President Vladimir V. Putin approved the adoption ban in late December, as part of a broader law retaliating against the U.S. for the so-called Magnitsky Act, an effort to punish Russian officials accused of human rights violations.

Roadside bomb kills 14

PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- A powerful roadside bomb in the militant hub of North Waziristan killed at least 14 Pakistani soldiers and wounded at least 25 Sunday, a senior military official and local tribesmen said.

The toll from the bombing was one of the largest suffered by the Pakistani military during operations in the tribal belt in recent times, and it followed a week of militant attacks in other cities that left more than 130 people dead.



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