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Best of the decade

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The teen years are difficult; just ask any parent. And when you consider the news events of the 21st Century’s “teen” decade (2010-19), it’s obvious that rule of thumb also applies to the U.S. and the world as well.

The 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico foreshadowed a turbulent decade filled with tragic mass shootings, accelerating climate change, major hurricanes, massive floods and wildfires. Throw into the mix the re-election of President Barack Obama in 2012 and Donald Trump’s stunning victory in 2016. and a political environment that went from bad to worse, and you’ve got one of the most profound decades in the history of the country.

But it wasn’t all bad news. The first iPad hit the stores in 2010, the planet didn’t blow up in 2012 (defying some people’s interpretation of the Mayan calendar) and movie streaming became reliable.

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For the entire month of December, USA TODAY cartoonist Mike Thompson, along with cartoonists from the USA TODAY Network and the Cagle cartoon syndicate, will provide retrospectives of their favorite work from the past decade.

The cartoonists were asked to gather  their 20 favorite cartoons from the past decade into individual collections, and we’ll be publishing one of those collections every day this month as we head in 2020.

Today we feature the work of Nate Archer of the Tallahassee Democrat and the USA TODAY Network.

Be sure to come back often during December to see the latest galleries.

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More than 50 polar bears overrun far-north Russian village

A village in Russia’s Far North has been overrun by more than 50 polar bears.

All public activities have reportedly been called off in Ryrkaypiy, in the Chukotka region, and schools are being guarded so that the bears don’t wander inside.

Tatyana Minenko, head of Ryrkaypiy’s bear patrol program, told Ria Novosti, a Russian state news agency, that they had counted 56 polar bears in the village.

The animals were “both adult and young… there were females with cubs of different ages,” she said, adding that almost all of them appeared to be thin.

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Conservationists counted at least 50 polar bears. (World Wildlife Fund)

OCEANS CONTAIN A MILLION TIMES MORE MICROPLASTIC THAN WE REALIZED, STUDY CLAIMS

Although the polar bears normally reside on Cape Schmidy, about 1.4 miles away, a World Wildlife Fund conservationist said the area has been experiencing warmer than typical weather.

“If the ice were strong enough the bears, or at least some of them, would have already gone to sea, where they could hunt for seals or sea hares,” he told BBC News.

EMACIATED POLAR BEAR SPOTTED IN RUSSIAN CITY, FAR FROM USUAL HABITAT

Earlier this week, video footage showing a polar bear in the same area spray-painted with “T-34” — the name of a famous World War II Russian tank — went viral.

That video was posted to Facebook by a World Wildlife Fund employee, as Fox News previously reported, and it sparked outrage online.

Anatoly Kochnev reportedly told Tass news agency that polar bear visits are increasingly frequent and that five years ago, only about five bears got close to the village.

RUSSIAN POLAR BEAR SPRAY-PAINTED WITH ‘T-34’ SPARKS OUTRAGE FROM WILDLIFE EXPERTS

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The polar bears have traveled close to the village. (World Wildlife Fund)

“I as a scientist believe [Ryrkaypiy village] should not remain there,” he told Tass. “We try to control the situation, but nobody would want to think what may happen there in three to five years.”

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The BBC reported that Russian media has speculated that the spray-painted bear may be linked to local anger over the animals entering communities in Arctic Russia. An investigation has been launched to find out where the footage was captured, it reported.

Fox News’ James Rogers contributed to this report.

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More than 50 polar bears overrun far-north Russian village

A village in Russia’s Far North has been overrun by more than 50 polar bears.

All public activities have reportedly been called off in Ryrkaypiy, in the Chukotka region, and schools are being guarded so that the bears don’t wander inside.

Tatyana Minenko, head of Ryrkaypiy’s bear patrol program, told Ria Novosti, a Russian state news agency, that they had counted 56 polar bears in the village.

The animals were “both adult and young… there were females with cubs of different ages,” she said, adding that almost all of them appeared to be thin.

FROTHY, TOXIC FOAM COVERS FAMOUS BEACH

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Conservationists counted at least 50 polar bears. (World Wildlife Fund)

OCEANS CONTAIN A MILLION TIMES MORE MICROPLASTIC THAN WE REALIZED, STUDY CLAIMS

Although the polar bears normally reside on Cape Schmidy, about 1.4 miles away, a World Wildlife Fund conservationist said the area has been experiencing warmer than typical weather.

“If the ice were strong enough the bears, or at least some of them, would have already gone to sea, where they could hunt for seals or sea hares,” he told BBC News.

EMACIATED POLAR BEAR SPOTTED IN RUSSIAN CITY, FAR FROM USUAL HABITAT

Earlier this week, video footage showing a polar bear in the same area spray-painted with “T-34” — the name of a famous World War II Russian tank — went viral.

That video was posted to Facebook by a World Wildlife Fund employee, as Fox News previously reported, and it sparked outrage online.

Anatoly Kochnev reportedly told Tass news agency that polar bear visits are increasingly frequent and that five years ago, only about five bears got close to the village.

RUSSIAN POLAR BEAR SPRAY-PAINTED WITH ‘T-34’ SPARKS OUTRAGE FROM WILDLIFE EXPERTS

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The polar bears have traveled close to the village. (World Wildlife Fund)

“I as a scientist believe [Ryrkaypiy village] should not remain there,” he told Tass. “We try to control the situation, but nobody would want to think what may happen there in three to five years.”

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The BBC reported that Russian media has speculated that the spray-painted bear may be linked to local anger over the animals entering communities in Arctic Russia. An investigation has been launched to find out where the footage was captured, it reported.

Fox News’ James Rogers contributed to this report.

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Maryland teen mom, grandmother charged in 9-month-old baby’s fentanyl overdose death

A 17-year-old mother and 43-year-old grandmother in Maryland were charged Thursday with the death of a 9-month-old boy who had overdosed on the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl, according to reports.

WBAL reported that Alexus Taylor, the mother of the infant, was charged as an adult with first-degree child abuse resulting in death, second-degree child abuse, manslaughter and reckless endangerment; Laurie Taylor, the grandmother, was charged with the same charges plus two counts of reckless endangerment in regard to her own child, Alexus Taylor.

Alexus Taylor is being held without bail.

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Laurie Taylor, left, and Alexus Taylor were charged Thursday with the death of a 9-month-old boy who had overdosed on the lethal synthetic opioid fentanyl, according to reports. (Anne Arundel County Police Department)

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The news outlet said paramedics arrived around 9:28 a.m. on July 27 to find the baby unresponsive.

The baby was taken to Baltimore Washington Medical Center, where he died around 10:19 a.m.

Capital Gazette reported that heroin, fentanyl and a fentanyl residue were found in the blood, stomach and liver of baby Niyear.

Investigators found empty gel capsules with heroin and fentanyl residue in every single room in the Taylor house.

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More than 100 packages in total were discovered, even in Niyear’s diaper bag, Anne Arundel County police said.

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‘Impeach Trump for This’: Video Shows Final Hours of Teen’s Horrible Death in US Immigration Detention Center

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Saudi Aramco to Raise $25.6 Billion in Biggest I.P.O. Ever

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Saudi Arabia’s giant state-owned oil company, Saudi Aramco, on Thursday set the price of its initial public offering at a level that would raise $25.6 billion, a sum that is expected to make it the world’s biggest I.P.O.

Saudi Aramco said it had set the initial share price at 32 riyals, or about $8.53, the high end of the range it forecast last month. It plans to sell three billion shares, 1.5 percent of the company. At that price, the company would be worth $1.7 trillion.

The amount raised by the sale would exceed the $25 billion raised by Alibaba, the Chinese online retail company, in its initial offering five years ago on the New York Stock Exchange.

And the total could go higher. The company said underwriters could decide to sell an additional quantity of shares that would raise the proceeds to $29.4 billion.

The I.P.O. will establish Aramco as one of the world’s most valuable companies, but the $1.7 trillion figure falls short of the Saudi royal family’s hopes of an offering that valued the company at close to $2 trillion.

Global investors proved to be skittish over the earlier valuations offered by the Saudi government. While its filings showed Aramco to be immensely profitable — it posted a profit of $68 billion for the first nine months of the year — its earnings have declined, and risks like global warming and geopolitical instability cast a pall over its prospects.

Aramco will sell its shares on the Riyadh stock market, the Tadawul. Trading is expected to begin Wednesday.

The I.P.O. process has been agonizingly slow since Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler, first raised the idea making the crown jewel of the Saudi economy a public company more than two years ago.

After big early promises, the Saudis have taken a more cautious approach, restricting the listing initially to Saudi Arabia in order to avoid the more rigorous disclosures that would be required in New York or London.

Despite Aramco’s big profits, oil companies are out of favor with some investors, who worry that concerns about the role of fossil fuels in climate change will eventually curb demand for Aramco’s large reserves of oil and gas.

Last month, the International Energy Agency forecast that world oil demand would flatten out in the 2030s because of increasingly efficient car engines and rising use of alternative energy sources.

In the shorter term, there are concerns that the combination of growing oil supplies from the United States, Canada, Brazil and other producers and weaker demand due to a slowing world economy may reduce Aramco’s profitability, potentially threatening its ability to pay the large dividends that it is promising investors.

The aerial attacks on Aramco facilities in September highlighted to potential investors the geopolitical risks of operating in the Persian Gulf. Iran was blamed for the attacks, which temporarily forced Aramco to cut production by more than half.

More broadly, the killing of the dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi agents last year has hurt the reputation of Prince Mohammed, and may repel some investors.

Still, the I.P.O. showcases the kingdom’s enormous oil wealth.

A prospectus giving Aramco’s financial results reveals some long-hidden details about the size of Saudi Arabia’s oil fields. Chief among these is a monster called Ghawar, which extends for about 120 miles in the eastern part of the kingdom. The world’s largest oil field, according to the prospectus, Ghawar has accounted for more than half of Saudi Arabia’s production, yet it still has reserves of 48 billion barrels.

The oil wealth doesn’t stop there. The kingdom has four more fields that dwarf most others.

Aramco produced 13.6 million barrels per day in 2018 on average, more than three times the 3.8 million reported by Exxon Mobil, according to the report.

The company, founded by United States oil companies (Aramco is short for Arabian American Oil Company), was nationalized by the Saudi government in the 1970s.

Carlos Tejada contributed reporting.

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Some Senate Democrats Want Mueller Report Included In Impeachment Articles

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As House Democrats move forward with drafting articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, some of their counterparts in the Senate think those should include portions of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) alluded to the Russia investigation when she called on House Democratic leaders to draft articles of impeachment, a process that is scheduled to begin next week.

“The president leaves us no choice but to act because he is trying to corrupt, once again, the election for his own benefit,” Pelosi said at a Thursday press conference.

In his report, Mueller laid out several possible examples of Trump obstructing justice in the Russia investigation. The special counsel declined to say, however, whether Trump had illegally obstructed justice, citing the Justice Department’s position that sitting presidents cannot be indicted.

House Democrats this week are privately debating whether they should broaden the scope of the articles to include the examples of obstruction of justice documented by Mueller in his report. Doing so, however, could alienate some moderate House Democrats who view the Ukraine issue as a clearer example of Trump’s abuse of power, CNN reported.

Earlier this week, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) argued that Trump’s latest actions in the Ukraine matter showed a “pattern of conduct” seen since his first year in office. That argument was echoed by some Senate Democrats on Thursday.

“Past conduct is always relevant if the defendant denies the intent. It’s relevant to refute a denial,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), who once served as a prosecutor. “How can he be innocent now, if there’s all this evidence of how he’s acted to obstruct justice then?”

Blumenthal suggested incorporating portions of Mueller’s report into an article of impeachment narrowly focused on the subject of obstruction.

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) agreed.

“I was struck that the Mueller report lays out [several] cases of obstruction. I think that’s a hard thing for the House not to pay attention to,” Merkley said.

Still, other Senate Democrats said the decision on whether to include the Russia investigation in articles of impeachment ought to be left to the House.

The Senate is expected to take up articles of impeachment against Trump sometime next month. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has vowed to give the House case against Trump a trial, even though he does not believe there are enough votes in the upper chamber to remove the president.

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United C.E.O. Munoz to Step Down, 5 Years After Leading Turnaround

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Oscar Munoz, who helped to steady United Airlines after a troubled 2010 merger, but not without the occasional public relations crisis, will step down next year as the airline’s chief executive.

In May, J. Scott Kirby, the airline’s president and a veteran of the industry, will succeed Mr. Munoz, who will move on to the position of executive chairman of the airline’s board for a one-year term.

Analysts said they were unsurprised by the leadership change, which had been predicted since Mr. Kirby was hired in 2016, shortly after Mr. Munoz underwent a heart transplant. Mr. Munoz, a first-generation college student from an immigrant family, had also been expected to assume the role of chairman several years ago, but the promotion was scuttled in 2017 after the airline stumbled in responding to public outrage when security officers dragged a passenger off one of its planes in Chicago.

“While the timing of this transition was always a key topic, this has been largely expected by investors ever since Oscar Munoz hired Scott Kirby in 2016,” Andrew Didora, an airline analyst with Bank of America Merrill Lynch, wrote in a research note. Mr. Didora added that he did not anticipate a change to the airline’s strategy.

Mr. Kirby was president of American Airlines after its 2013 merger with US Airways, where he had held the same title. By comparison, Mr. Munoz was a relative newcomer to the industry when he joined United in 2015 from CSX, the freight railroad where he had been president and chief operating officer. He previously was a director on United’s board and before that on the board of Continental Airlines.

When Mr. Munoz took the helm at United, the airline was struggling to overcome problems associated with its 2010 merger with Continental and a federal corruption investigation involving the company’s dealings with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Despite his lack of direct industry experience, Mr. Munoz helped turn United around. The airline’s stock has jumped more than 50 percent during his tenure, outpacing the 16 percent increase over the same period for the S&P 500 Airlines Industry Index.

While Mr. Munoz is credited with developing strategy and improving employee relations, Mr. Kirby has driven improvements in operations, said Savi Syth, an airline analyst with Raymond James.

“I think the two are quite complimentary to each other,” she said.

One of Mr. Munoz’s first accomplishments as chief executive was the completion of negotiations for new union contracts with pilots, flight attendants and mechanics. That, Mr. Didora said in his note, paved the way for better on-time performance and profitability.

Ms. Syth said Mr. Kirby had led a domestic strengthening for the airline, which focused on its international strengths during and after the Great Recession.

“Scott has really come in and with his team changed that dynamic, where they’re increasingly a much more important domestic player,” she said.

Ms. Syth and Mr. Didora both said they expected little to change under Mr. Kirby, who has led United’s push to further segment its cabins, introducing extra fees such as those that allow passengers to sit closer to the front of planes. He is also leading a multiyear effort to strengthen United’s hubs, particularly in Chicago, Denver and Houston. He has described that move as critical to growth.

In recent years, the United States airline industry has shrunk through mergers and acquisitions to four large carriers: American, Delta, United and Southwest. That has increased the importance of hub airports, where typically one airline is dominant.

United, which also has a major presence at Newark Liberty International and San Francisco International Airports, has done well financially in recent years. The company reported third-quarter earnings in October that topped analyst expectations.

As a result of its success, United has been able to close in on competitors like Delta, and Mr. Kirby is likely to continue to work toward that goal. “They made great strides, but I think they still have their sights on narrowing” the gap, Ms. Syth said.

Despite the airline’s turnaround, Mr. Munoz’s tenure was marred by several controversies. In April 2017, a passenger, Dr. David Dao, was dragged off a United flight at O’Hare International Airport when he objected to giving up his seat for an airline employee. Video of the incident quickly spread on social media and became the subject of days of news coverage and public commentary.

The airline was harshly criticized for how it handled the crisis, especially an email Mr. Munoz sent to employees that seemed to blame Dr. Dao. “As you will read, this situation was unfortunately compounded when one of the passengers we politely asked to deplane refused and it became necessary to contact Chicago Aviation Security Officers to help,” he wrote.

That only inflamed outrage at the company and Mr. Munoz, who later agreed to drop a clause in his contract under which he would become the company chairman while staying on as chief executive. The next year, a dog died on a United flight after it was stored in an overhead compartment.

Shares in the company rose after the company announced Mr. Kirby would take over from Mr. Munoz but were down 0.35 percent by the close of trading.

As part of the transition, Jane Garvey, the current chairwoman, will retire from the airline’s board of directors in May.

Katie Robertson contributed reporting.

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Woman Heading To Testify At Rape Trial Set On Fire In India

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Activists demanding justice in the case of a veterinarian who was gang-raped and killed last week shout slogans during a protest on Thursday in Kolkata, India.

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As a 23-year-old woman in India was heading to testify against a man who allegedly raped her, a group of men that she says included her rapist attacked her and set her on fire. It’s yet another horrifying incident in a country grappling with high levels of sexual violence against women.

One of her doctors at a hospital in Uttar Pradesh says she is in very serious condition.

“She has 90 per cent burn injuries and we are taking utmost care. A team of doctors are observing her,” said Ashutosh Dubey, the medical superintendent of the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Hospital, told The Times of India.

According to local news reports, the five men took the unnamed victim to a secluded spot, where they poured kerosene on her and set her on fire. Local authorities say all of them have been taken into custody, as Reuters reported.

The rape allegedly happened last December in Unnao district. According to the wire service, police documents indicate that the woman filed a complaint in March about the alleged attack. The accused man was apprehended – but a police officer told the wire service that “the alleged rapist was released last week after securing bail.”

Protests have erupted in India in the past week calling for justice over another violent incident – the rape and murder of a 27-year-old veterinarian in the city of Hyderabad.

As the woman was on her way home last Wednesday, NPR’s Lauren Frayer reported, police believe that “four men deflated her tires and posed as good Samaritans to trick her, and then gang-raped and murdered her.” Her body was also burned.

The four men were arrested, Frayer reported. According to Human Rights Watch, on the night of the woman’s murder, her family said police would not take a missing persons complaint and suggested that she eloped. After protests, three police officers were suspended.

Unnao, the district where Thursday’s incident took place, has been in the headlines in India recently over another sexual violence allegation. As the BBC reported, “police opened a murder investigation against a ruling party lawmaker in July after a woman who accused him of rape was seriously injured in a car crash.”

A poll last year from the Thomson Reuters Foundation ranked India as the most dangerous country for women in the world. “According to the latest government crime figures, police registered 33,658 cases of rape in India in 2017 – that’s an average of 92 rapes every day,” the BBC reported.

Outrage over a high-profile 2012 gang rape and murder of a young woman on a bus in Delhi prompted the government to make some reforms. But according to Human Rights Watch, “these changes largely remain on paper.”

“Survivors of sexual violence face formidable barriers, from reporting to police, to obtaining health care, counseling, and legal aid,” the rights group added. “Powerful perpetrators are often protected by authorities.”

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Indian woman who planned to testify against alleged rapists is set on fire, reports say

An Indian woman was set on fire on her way to testify against two men who allegedly raped her, according to reports.

In the city of Unnao in Uttar Pradesh, five men dragged the 23-year-old into a field, doused her in oil and lit her on fire. She’s in a Lucknow hospital in critical condition with 90 percent of her body covered in burns.

Two of the men involved were her alleged rapists, police said, according to the BBC. Another of the accused rapists was out on bail and the other had been on the run from police. Charges were filed against the men in March.

The woman was about to enter a railway station when the men grabbed her.

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The woman will soon be airlifted to the capital of Delhi for better medical care.

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Police said the woman had been in a relationship with one of her attackers last year. He reportedly promised marriage, physically exploited her then raped her with another friend, according to The Guardian.

Many were outraged that one of the alleged rapists had been released on bail.

“Extremely sad and shocked to hear that the Unnao rape victim was burnt earlier this morning. If the culprits were not shielded and prosecuted on time this wouldn’t have happened. Complete state of lawlessness in the state of Uttar Pradesh,” said Supriya Sule, a member of parliament for the Nationalist Congress party.

This incident is only the latest in a series of attacks on women in India that have sparked outrage. More than 32,000 rape cases were reported in the country in 2017, according to government figures, but the real figure is believed to be much higher.

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Last week, a 26-year-old veterinarian in Hyderabad was gang-raped then choked to death. Her body was burned and dumped. Protests were held across the country after the victim’s charred remains were found after her disappearance.

Days later in the state of Bihar, a teenager was allegedly gang-raped and killed before her body was set on fire.

The gang-rape of a lawyer in Jharkhand and the rape and murder of a 6-year-old child in Rajasthan were also reported.

Pressure mounted in parliament to know how the Indian government plans to implement greater protections against sexual violence in India.

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People shout slogans condemning rising cases of rape and violence against women during a protest in Ahmadabad, India, Monday, Dec. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

“The people want the government to give a proper and definite answer,” said Jaya Bachchan, a member of parliament and former Bollywood actor.

“I know it sounds harsh, but these kinds of people should be brought out in public and lynched,” she said in parliament.

The government has proposed rectifying the issue by introducing the death penalty for rapists, but activists believe rape is a societal issue of misogynistic attitudes.

One Indian film director Daniel Shravan received a wave of condemnation for his response to the Hyderabad rape case. He said, “Rape is not a serious thing, but murder is inexcusable.”

Shravan suggested on social media that “the government should legalize rape without violence for the safety of women.”

The posts, now deleted, told women who are about to be raped to “hand over a condom to the rapist and cooperate with him while he fulfills his sexual desire. That way he will not try to harm you.”

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A 2018 Thomson Reuters Foundation report found India to be the most dangerous country for women in the world.

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