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Thursday October 24th, 2019 evening edition

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A Bangladesh court has sentenced 16 people to death for the murder of a student set on fire after accusing her teacher of sexual harassment.

Nusrat Jahan Rafi, 19, died in April in Feni, a small town some 160km (100 miles) outside the capital Dhaka.

Her murder shocked the country and led to a series of protests demanding justice for Nusrat.

Prosecutor Hafez Ahmed told reporters it proved "that nobody will get away with murder in Bangladesh".

"I can't forget her for a moment," Shirin Akhtar told news agency Reuters through tears upon hearing the verdict.

The police initially dismissed the sexual harassment allegations but laid charges against the 16 accused in May.

Whether more victims of sexual abuse will feel emboldened to come forward following Nusrat's case remains to be seen. »

BBC News launches 'dark web' Tor mirror

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The browser can obscure who is using it and what data is being accessed, which can help people avoid government surveillance and censorship.

Countries including China, Iran and Vietnam are among those who have tried to block access to the BBC News website or programmes.

Instead of visiting or, users of the Tor browser can visit the new bbcnewsv2vjtpsuy.onion web address. »

EU awards jailed Uighur activist rights prize, angering China

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Uighur rights advocate Tohti was jailed for life in China in 2014 on separatism charges that were widely denounced at the time in Western capitals.

“The parliament calls on the Chinese authorities to release him immediately,” the assembly’s president, David Sassoli, told lawmakers at a plenary sitting in Strasbourg, announcing the prize.

The EU parliament’s prize, named after the late Russian dissident Andrei Sakharov, has been awarded annually since 1988 to honor individuals and organizations defending human rights and fundamental freedoms. »

It's unclear if quakes mean Russian volcano Bolshaya Udina may erupt

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But other researchers say that the observed seismic activity could be related to already erupting volcanoes in the region.

Scientists had detected an apparent increase in seismic activity in the vicinity of Bolshaya Udina beginning in late 2017.

Previous to that 16-month period, scientists detected only about 100 weak seismic events in the region from 1999 to 2017. »

Jeff Passan auf Twitter: "Major league umpire Rob Drake tweeted “I will be buying an AR-15 tomorrow, because if you impeach MY PRESIDENT this way, YOU WILL HAVE ANOTHER CIVAL WAR!!! #MAGA2020”, accord

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