Indian police have shot dead the four men accused of the brutal gang rape of a young vet in Hyderabad, in circumstances that have been described as “suspicious”. The four had become high-profile objects of hatred within the country, following their alleged premeditated attack on a 27-year-old veterinary doctor last Wednesday. The lack of clarity around the incident have led many to suspect this was an extrajudicial killing by the police.
Angela Merkel made her first official visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau on Friday after 14 years as Germany’s chancellor. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki accompanied her, as well as former prisoners and the representatives of various Jewish organizations. The International Auschwitz Committee has called Merkel’s visit an “especially important sign” of solidarity with those who survived the horrors of the Holocaust.
Former US Vice-President Joe Biden angrily challenged a man at a town hall hustings in Iowa. The local claimed the 2020 presidential hopeful had sent his son to work in Ukraine. During his response Mr Biden appeared to call the man ‘fat’, although his team suggested he had used the word ‘fact’.
North Korea has threatened to renew its insults of Donald Trump and consider him a “dotard” if he keeps using provocative language against Kim Jong Un. The country’s foreign ministry issued the warning days after the US president spoke of possible military action and revived his “rocket man” nickname for the North Korean ruler.
Bushfires fanned by winds combined into a single giant blaze north of Sydney late on Friday, blanketing Australia’s biggest city in hazardous smoke, causing weekend sports games to be canceled and prompting calls for outdoor workers to stay home. Wildfire has killed at least four people and destroyed more than 680 homes across eastern Australia since the start of November, months earlier than the usual summer bushfire season.