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Third teenage girl raped and burned in India in a week

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NEW DELHI — A third teenage girl has been raped and burned alive in India in a week, the latest brutal sexual assault to shock the country.

The 16-year-old girl died after being soaked in fuel and set on fire by a 26-year-old man who acted after the girl said she would tell her family about the rape in the Sagar district of Madhya Pradesh, the BBC reported.

Two other teenagers were victims of similar attacks a week ago in Jharkhand state. A 16-year-old girl was burned alive by a man accused of her rape, while a 17-year-old girl remains in a critical condition after being set alight by a suspect who allegedly said he wanted to marry her.

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The latest teenager was alone at her home when she was raped, police said on Friday.

“We have arrested the two accused,” said Sagar district police superintendent Satyendra Kumar Shukla. “One of them is the cousin of the girl who informed the main suspect that she was alone in the house. The main accused is married with a child.”

Indian authorities have faced renewed pressure to act on sexual assaults, notably after brutal gang rape and killing of an eight-year-old Muslim girl in Jammu and Kashmir state sparked demonstrations.

The cases are the most high-profile since the 2012 rape and murder of a student on a New Delhi bus that triggered mass protests.

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Jamal Khashoggi murder tapes were ‘shared’ with multiple countries : Turkey

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ISTANBUL — Turkey has shared recordings related to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi to Germany, France and Britain, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday, seeking to maintain international pressure on Riyadh over the killing of Khashoggi.

Erdogan,in the first public acknowledgement of the existence of tapes of the slaying, has said that officials from Saudi Arabia, the United States, Germany, France and Britain have listened to audio recordings related to the killing of journalist Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

President Erdogan also told reporters that Saudi Arabia had to act fairly and disclose those responsible for the killing of The Washington Post journalist to rid itself of ‘suspicion’.

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“We gave them the tapes. We gave them to Saudi Arabia, to America, to the Germans, the French, to the British, to all of them,” Mr Erdogan said.

Khashoggi, a critic of de facto Saudi ruler Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was killed in Saudi Arabia’s Istanbul consulate last month in a hit which Erdogan says was ordered at the “highest levels” of the Saudi government.

His killing provoked global outrage but little concrete action by world powers against Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil exporter and a supporter of Washington’s plans to contain Iranian influence across the Middle East.

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