Report: US soldiers removed from White House detail amid probe

In a separate incident in 2012, Secret Service agents in Cartagena, Colombia were caught soliciting prostitutes. (File photo: Shutterstock)
Updated 22 November 2017
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Report: US soldiers removed from White House detail amid probe

WASHINGTON: Military investigators are probing whether three soldiers who worked in the White House had “improper contact” with foreign women on President Donald Trump’s recent Asia trip, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.
Officials familiar with the situation told the Post that the three non-commissioned officers allegedly broke a curfew during Trump’s Vietnam visit.
The service members had been working for the White House Communications Agency, a specialized military unit that helps provide top officials with secure communications, the Post said.
Pentagon spokesman Mark Wright confirmed the probe.
“We are aware of the incident and it is currently under investigation,” Wright told AFP, without providing additional details.
The investigation is the latest headache for US security detail accompanying top officials on overseas trips.
The Post said that four troops from the same White House team faced allegations around accompanying women, stemming from a trip to Panama in August with Vice President Mike Pence.
In another incident in 2012, Secret Service agents in Cartagena, Colombia were caught soliciting prostitutes.


Arrests after Indian woman gang-raped, burned to death

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Arrests after Indian woman gang-raped, burned to death

  • India has a grim record of sexual violence, with nearly 40,000 rape cases reported countrywide in 2016
  • Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state, reported more than 4,800 rapes in 2016

NEW DELHI: Indian police arrested two men on Monday over the gang rape and burning to death of a woman, the latest shocking crime against females in the country, officials said.
Five men allegedly took it in turns to rape the woman after barging into her home early on Saturday, before dragging her to a Hindu temple where they burned her to death in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.
“Two of the accused were arrested from an adjoining district early Monday and we are looking for the rest,” local police chief Radhey Mohan Bhardwaj said.
Initial investigations found the men, who are members of the same extended family as the victim and from the same locality, were “annoyed” with the 35-year-old for meeting a particular man, Bhardwaj said.
Police said the mother-of-two revealed the identities of the accused to her husband over the phone after the alleged rape and before they took her to the nearby temple and murdered her.
Police rejected media reports that the woman’s desperate emergency phone call went unanswered, saying it was unsuccessful because of the poor network quality in the area.
India has a grim record of sexual violence, with nearly 40,000 rape cases reported countrywide in 2016.
Campaigners say the true figure is likely to be much higher given the social stigma around victims of sexual crimes.
Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state, reported more than 4,800 rapes in 2016.
The state has been rocked by several high-profile rape cases in recent months, including one that allegedly involved a lawmaker from the ruling party.
Sexual violence in India has been in the global spotlight since the 2012 gang-rape and murder of a woman on a New Delhi bus sparked angry protests and stiffer penalties.