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India's Supreme Court on Saturday stayed the death sentence of two of four men convicted of the fatal gang-rape of a student in New Delhi, an attack that shocked the country and sparked weeks of protests. The court suspended the execution of the two men, Mukesh Singh and Pawan Gupta, while an appeal is heard and asked authorities to "communicate the order to prison authorities". The court held an emergency weekend sitting to hear the motion for the stay of execution. The two, Gupta and Singh, appealed to the Supreme Court after the High Court upheld earlier in the week the death penalty handed to the four men convicted of the gang rape last September.
By Seda Sezer ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said a teenager who died this week after sustaining a head injury in anti-government protests last summer was linked to "terrorist organizations", in comments likely to fan political tensions. The death of 15-year-old Berkin Elvan on Tuesday after nine months in a coma sparked Turkey's worst unrest since nationwide anti-government demonstrations last June, compounding Erdogan's woes as he battles a graft scandal that has become one of the biggest challenges of his decade in power. Erdogan made his remarks, his first about Elvan, late on Friday at a campaign rally in southeast Turkey ahead of nationwide municipal elections on March 30.