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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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44 dead as ferry capsizes in Tanzania

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TANZANIA — At least 44 people were killed after a passenger ferry carrying hundreds of people capsized on Lake Victoria in Tanzania, official said late Thursday.

Thirty-seven people were rescued after the sinking Thursday afternoon, Mwanza regional commissioner John Mongella told The Associated Press.

The death toll was expected to rise when rescue efforts resumed at daybreak.

According to local media, the exact number of those on board was not known as the boat was believed to be carrying people beyond the stipulated capacity. The ferry was thought to be carrying between 400 to 500 people.

The ferry overturned between the two islands in Lake Victoria, which is the largest lake in Africa, passing through Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda.

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Emergency response teams pulled 37 people out of the water during rescue operations, which was stopped due to poor visibility.

Regional Commissioner John Mongella told local Tanzania television channel ITV that the rescue operations would resume in the morning.

The Tanzania Electrical, Mechanical and Electronics Services Agency, in charge of servicing the vessels, urged patience in a statement as rescue efforts began.

The ferry was traveling between Ukara and Bugolora and capsized near the area of Mwanza, the agency said.

Accidents are often reported on the large freshwater lake surrounded by Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda.

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