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India's Supreme Court on Saturday stayed the death sentence of two of the four men convicted of the fatal gang-rape of a student in New Delhi, an attack that horrified the country and sparked weeks of protests. The court suspended the execution of the two men, Mukesh Singh, 27, and Pawan Gupta, 20, while an appeal of their conviction is heard and asked officials to "communicate the order to prison authorities". The two convicts had appealed to the Supreme Court after the High Court earlier this week upheld the death penalty handed out last September to the four men convicted of gang raping and murdering the 23-year-old woman. He said the two men had based their Supreme Court appeal on the ground that the High Court "has not appreciated the evidence correctly".
Around 50,000 people marched through central Moscow on Saturday in protest at Russia's intervention in Ukraine, a day before the Crimean peninsula votes on switching to Kremlin rule. Waving Ukrainian and Russian flags and adopting the chants of Ukraine's popular uprising, prominent and ordinary Russians urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to pull troops back from ex-Soviet Ukraine. Marchers carried placards reading "Putin, get out of Ukraine" and others comparing Kremlin's decision to send troops to Crimea with the Nazi annexation of the Sudetenland as Europe rushed headlong into World War II.