Brekky Wrap: Woman Set On Fire On Her Way To Own Rape Trial

All the news you need to know this Friday.

An Indian woman has been set on fire on her way to a court hearing to testify against two men she accused of rape.

The 23-year-old was set upon by five men, dragged into a field, doused with petrol and set alight in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Police confirmed two of the attackers were the same men the victim filed rape charges against in March.

The woman is now fighting for life with burns to up to 80 percent of her body, and her attackers have been arrested.

Supriya Sule, an MP for the Nationalist Congress party has slammed the justice system, saying that the incident wouldn't have happened "if the culprits were not shielded and [were] prosecuted on time."

It is the latest in a series of brutal attacks against women across the country that have caused a wave of outrage.

If you need help in a crisis, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Firefighters in NSW have worked through the night to save homes in the path of raging bushfires.

There were seven blazes burning at emergency level yesterday as hot westerly winds swept through. As of this morning, all have been downgraded.

But the danger is far from over with tough conditions prompting total fire bans across 10 different regions.

Meanwhile, Sydney residents are in for a weekend of heavy smoke haze. Those with respiratory conditions are being urged to remain inside when possible.



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Borce Ristevski will today learn whether he will be handed a longer prison sentence.

The 55-year-old was jailed for six years in April for the manslaughter of his wife Karen at the couple's Melbourne home in 2016.

Prosecutors labelled his sentence as manifestly inadequate.

Borce Ristevski
Borce Ristevski admitted to manslaughter on the eve of his murder trial. Image: AAP

Impeachment charges will be filed against US President Donald Trump for alleged abuse of power.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi made the announcement overnight explaining that the president’s actions “have seriously violated the Constitution”.

Trump has denied any wrongdoing and claims he is being impeached over ‘nothing’.



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Violence has erupted in France during one of the biggest public sector strikes in decades.

More than 800,000 people marched in cities across the country, angry at the government’s plans to overhaul the pension system.

Street fires were lit, while car and shop windows were smashed, with riot police forced to fire teargas to contain the crowds.

Protesters clash with French riot police during a demonstration against pension reforms in Paris. Image: Christopher Petit Tesson via AAP

NAPLAN testing could undergo a radical overhaul.

An interim report commissioned by NSW, Queensland and Victorian governments suggests halving the number of times a student sits the test as well as shifting it to the start of the year.

It comes amid concerns educators are ‘wasting time’ teaching students how to score well.

There are calls to reduce the number of tests from four to two. Image: Getty

In sport, Amateurs Takumi Kanaya and Chun-An Yu are at the top of the leaderboard after the opening round of the Australian Open in smoky Sydney. 

The surprise leaders hold a two-stroke buffer over 2015 champion Matt Jones and fellow Australians Dimi Papadatos and Daniel Nisbet.

Day two is now underway.

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