In brief: Cuban musicians, dancers missing
VERACRUZ, Mexico – Organizers of a Carnival festival in the Mexican port city of Veracruz say 15 Cuban musicians and dancers have gone missing after marching in the city’s annual parade.
Festival President Anselmo Estandia said Saturday that the missing Cubans were part of a 93-person committee that arrived in Veracruz on Feb. 8.
Estandia said the Cubans missed their flight home Wednesday and that their disappearance is considered a possible defection.
Girl, 6, kidnapped and raped in India
NEW DELHI – A 6-year-old girl was kidnapped, raped and dumped by a roadside in New Delhi, India, in the latest of a series of violent sexual attacks that have shocked the country, officials and news reports said Saturday.
The girl, from Delhi’s satellite city of Gurgaon, was spotted by a passer-by in the border region of Kapashera late Sunday night.
“Medical examinations have confirmed rape. The girl is recuperating in a hospital,” Om Prakash, a local police officer said.
The Times of India reported that the victim was last seen with a man in his early 20s and it was possible that she had been raped by more than one person.
Many rapes have been reported since December’s fatal gang rape of a 23-year-old student on a bus in New Delhi. The assault sparked angry protests and demands for better protection for women and stricter laws against rape.
Earlier this month, a man reportedly shoved an iron rod into the mouth of a young girl when she resisted his attempt to rape her. In another case, a Chinese national was allegedly raped in the capital.
Portuguese resist government cuts
LISBON, Portugal – Several thousand people are protesting in Lisbon against austerity cuts the government says are needed to help Portugal out of recession.
The nation is heading for a third straight year of negative growth, and protesters are worried more pain is heading their way as the government tries to make more savings.
Portugal was the third country, after Greece and Ireland, to fall into the eurozone’s financial crisis and required a financial lifeline in May 2011 to avert bankruptcy.