Police in the northern Indian state of Punjab arrested seven men accused of the gang rape of a 29-year-old woman on Friday 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. In the latest rape, police said the bus driver ignored the victim's request to stop at her village, and instead stopped at a desolate spot further away. She was carried away by the bus driver and conductor on a motorcycle to another spot. They were joined by five other men, police said.
Georgia released 190 inmates identified by lawmakers as political prisoners, the first group to be freed under a sweeping amnesty passed last year by a new Parliament. It fulfills a campaign pledge by the new prime minister who promised to reduce prison crowding and free people he considered political detainees.
President Hugo Chavez is conscious and responding to treatment for a respiratory infection at a Cuban hospital, according to Information Minister Ernesto Villegas. The infection has been controlled, but he is still suffering from respiratory deficiency. Chavez has been fighting the infection after undergoing a fourth round of surgery Dec. 11 for cancer.
A judge in Brooklyn has sentenced a man who burned a woman to death in an elevator to 50 years in prison. On Dec. 17, 2011, surveillance video showed Jerome Isaac, who was wearing a gas canister and a surgical mask, cornering the woman, Deloris Gillespie, 73, in the elevator of Gillespie's apartment building in Brooklyn. Isaac doused Gillespie with accelerant, then tossed a Molotov cocktail into the elevator. "This has to be one of the most horrific crimes I have ever seen," said Justice Vincent Del Giudice, who reviewed the video.