World briefs: Police arrest 2 in gang rape in central New Delhi

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NEW DELHI -- A 51-year-old Danish woman said she had been gang-raped at knifepoint by seven or eight men in central New Delhi after she approached them to ask for directions to her hotel, Delhi police reported Wednesday.

Late Wednesday night, the police announced the arrest of two men they described as "vagabonds" living at the capital's railway station, and said they had property stolen from the tourist, including a glasses case, an iPod and earplugs.

The woman, who was staying at a hotel in an area popular with backpackers, told police that the men had taken her to a secluded spot near the railway station Tuesday and raped her repeatedly, police said.

Rape as a weapon of war

YANGON, Myanmar -- Human rights activists in Myanmar, also known as Burma, said the army continues to use rape as a weapon of war nearly three years after President Thein Sein's nominally civilian government ended a half-century of brutal military rule.

On Tuesday, the Women's League of Burma released a report documenting more than 100 rapes, almost all in townships plagued by stubborn ethnic insurgencies.

Tin Tin Nyo, the league's general secretary, warned that there is little hope for change until the government amends Myanmar's constitution, which gives the military the right to independently administer all its affairs.

PM vows to hold Feb. vote

BANGKOK -- Thailand's prime minister said Wednesday that elections due in less than three weeks will go ahead despite intense pressure by her opponents to postpone the vote.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra had offered to meet with rivals Wednesday to discuss an Election Commission proposal to delay the Feb. 2 ballot. But protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban and the opposition Democrat Party refused to take part, saying reform to get rid of corruption in politics must happen first.

Cameron rebukes allies

LONDON -- British Prime Minister David Cameron has told his Conservative Party to get behind his political program before the 2015 election, rebuking about 100 members who wrote a letter demanding greater distance from the European Union.

At a packed 20-minute private meeting with Tory lawmakers in Parliament in London late Tuesday, Mr. Cameron told them to speak directly to him about disagreements instead of writing public letters of protest as they did three days ago, according to two people present.

Video of captive GI shown

WASHINGTON -- A video of an American soldier held captive by Afghan insurgents since June 2009 has been obtained by the U.S. government, and officials said Wednesday that it showed the soldier, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, alive but in a state of declining health.

He has been the subject of negotiations, currently stalled, that focused on a trade of five Taliban prisoners held at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for his release.

Popes names bank panel

ROME -- Pope Francis named a new oversight commission of cardinals for the troubled Vatican Bank, replacing all but one of the appointees made by his predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

The Vatican Bank, known as the Institute for Works of Religion, has been under scrutiny for years. European regulators are pushing the secretive bank to become more transparent and adhere to international banking standards.


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