India

Guru sentenced for rapes

A judge on Monday sentenced a popular and flamboyant Indian spiritual guru to a total of 20 years in prison on charges of raping two female followers. The sentences were pronounced amid intense security at a prison in the northern town of Rohtak where the guru, who calls himself Dr. Saint Gurmeet Singh Ram Rahim Insan, has been held since his conviction Friday. Defense lawyer S.K. Garg Narwana said the guru was sentenced to 10 years in each case and fined a total of $47,000. The conviction sparked violent protests by the guru’s followers that left at least 38 people dead and hundreds injured. As of Monday night there were no reports of new violence.

Gaza Strip

Hamas says Iran is helping

Hamas’ new leader in the Gaza Strip said Monday his group has repaired relations with Iran after a five-year rift and is using its newfound financial and military aid to gear up for new hostilities with Israel. The announcement by Yehiyeh Sinwar came as U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was visiting Israel. At a meeting with the U.N. chief, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu complained about what he called rising anti-Israel activity by Iran and its allies in the region.

ENGLAND

Haze injures beachgoers

A mysterious chemical haze that left scores of people on the English coast with streaming eyes, sore throats and breathing problems has dissipated, but its cause remains a mystery, police and emergency services said Monday. The gas cloud appeared Sunday, sending people fleeing from the beach and cliffs at Birling Gap, a popular coastal spot 60 miles south of London. Lifeboats were dispatched to help clear people from the beaches there. Eastbourne District General Hospital said it had treated more than 130 people. Sussex Police said the injuries were mostly minor.

Chile

Same-sex marriage proposal

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet introduced a bill Monday to legalize gay marriage, the latest in a series of recent reforms in a country long regarded as one of Latin America’s most socially conservative. Bachelet signed the proposal, which will be sent to lawmakers, at a ceremony in the presidential palace. She said the measure seeks to expand the definition of marriage between a man and a woman and would also expand rights for gay couples, allowing them to adopt children.

Compiled from wire reports