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NEW DELHI — An Indian court convicts four men in the fatal gang rape of a young woman on a moving New Delhi bus, a case that set off waves of protests and gave voice to years of anger over the treatment of women. The men, convicted of all counts against them, including rape and murder, now face the possibility of hanging. SENT: 290 words. UPCOMING: Update with more details, background, photos.
LONDON — About 1 in 10 men in six Asian countries admitted raping a woman who was not their partner, according to the first large studies of rape and sexual violence. When their wife or girlfriend was included, that figure rose to about a quarter. International researchers said their startling findings should change perceptions about how common violence against women is and prompt major campaigns to prevent it. Still, it is uncertain what rates are like in other countries. By Medical Writer Maria Cheng. SENT: 600 words.
LUCKNOW, India — Violence has eased in an area of northern India battered by days of deadly clashes between Hindus and Muslims, with a massive deployment of security forces keeping most rioters off the streets, police said. Authorities reported no violence overnight around the town of Muzaffarnagar, where the violence that started Saturday killed at least 31 people, wounded an unknown number of others and drove thousands from their homes. Both sides have blamed the other for starting the violence. By Biswajeet Banerjee. SENT: 440 words, photos.
CHINA-XI’S MASS LINE
BEIJING — He rolls up his pants in a downpour, holds his own umbrella and reminisces with villagers about the good old days. In nearly 10 months as China’s leader, Xi Jinping has projected himself as a man of the people in a Mao Zedong-inspired propaganda push to connect with an alienated public. Xi’s populist approach is a key part of his strategy to cement his control of the Communist Party while using a corruption crackdown to sideline opponents who threaten cohesion on the inside. But his calls to party cadres to revive ties with the people might ring hollow to a public that also sees authorities silencing influential critics. By Gillian Wong. UPCOMING: 960 words, photos by 0800 GMT.
BEIJING — The United States is trying to enlist Beijing’s support for military action against Syria by arguing that it would help deter North Korea from using chemical weapons and threatening security in China’s neighborhood, a U.S. official said. Under Secretary of Defense for Policy James Miller, who was in Beijing to meet with Chinese officials, said a retaliatory strike against the Syrian government would uphold the international norm that chemical weapons must not be used. SENT: 360 words.
BEIJING — Chinese authorities have further tightened controls of social media in the country, warning that people who post comments deemed libelous and that are retweeted 500 or more times will face defamation charges and up to three years in prison. The official Xinhua News Agency cited judicial authorities as saying that the new rules would also apply to people whose posts are viewed by at least 5,000 Internet users. SENT: 270 words.
BUSINESS AND FINANCE:
BEIJING — Executives of Chinese oil giant PetroChina Ltd. have been told to hand in their passports as an anti-corruption investigation of the industry spreads. SENT: 280 words.
Asian shares rise, buoyed by good data from Japan and China and some relief that concerns over Syria have receded with Russia’s offer to press Damascus to put its chemical weapons under international control. By Teresa Cerojano. SENT: 440 words, photos.
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