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India Criticized For Changing Rape Laws Too Hastily

The Indian government was slow to comprehend the mass revulsion after a fatal gang rape made headlines across the globe in December. A new ordinance effectively overhauls the current statutes on what constitutes sex crimes. It allows for capital punishment in cases of sexual assault that cause death.
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Why Is Violence Ramping Up In Iraq?

Violence has spiked in Iraq in recent weeks. Separate attacks over the last three days have killed more than three dozen people. The violence comes amid fresh political upheaval in the country. For more, Renee Montagne talks to Jane Arraf, a reporter for Al Jazeera and The Christian Science Monitor based in Baghdad.
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European Authorities Probe Soccer Corruption

Investigators in Europe have revealed evidence that hundreds of soccer games were fixed by gambling syndicates. The scandal even includes national teams competing for places in soccer's biggest tournament: the World Cup.
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In Syrian Conflict, Real-Time Evidence Of Violations

There are growing calls for Syria's leaders to face war crimes charges for the assaults against rebel targets and civilian areas. If that happens, veterans of past war crimes prosecutions say, Syrians will have one big advantage: the widespread gathering of evidence across the country.
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In Moscow, Scandals Shake A Storied Ballet

The Bolshoi Ballet is deeply beloved in Russia. But a series of recent scandals — capped by a nasty acid attack on the company's artistic director in mid-January — has sent shock waves through artistic circles.

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