Gang rape on bus
A late night outing turned into a six-hour-long nightmare after an American woman was gang raped and beaten aboard a public transit van in Rio De Janeiro while her handcuffed French boyfriend looked on helplessly. The three alleged perpetrators, aged 20 to 22, have all been taken into custody, and investigators are combing databases to determine whether the men might have been behind any other crimes. The van operators forced the other passengers off and the suspects took turns raping the woman and beating the man, whom they handcuffed and sometimes struck with a metal crowbar, police officer Alexandre Braga told a news conference Tuesday. The couple also were forced to use bank cards to withdraw money.
Senate OKs gay unions
Uruguay’s Senate on Tuesday voted to legalize gay marriage by approving a single law governing matrimony for heterosexuals and homosexuals. Senators voted 23-8 in favor of the bill, which was passed by the lower house in December. It must now return to the lower chamber of Congress with changes. If approved, the law would make Uruguay the second nation in Latin America and the 12th in the world to legalize gay marriage. Argentina legalized same-sex marriage in 2010.
Hundreds of Egyptian students angered by a mass outbreak of food poisoning at a Cairo university on Tuesday stormed the offices of the country’s top Muslim cleric, who presides over the institution. The Monday outbreak at al-Azhar University forced the hospitalization of 479 students, health ministry official Khaled el-Khateib said. It occurred after a meal served at the university dormitories in Cairo’s Nasr City district. The university is affiliated with Al-Azhar mosque, the world’s foremost seat of Sunni Muslim learning, and awards degrees in sciences and humanities as well as in religious studies. Ahmed el-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar whose offices were attacked, is the university’s ultimate authority. Egypt’s top prosecutor ordered an investigation into the outbreak.
Compiled from wire reports.