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American tourist raped by three men in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO — An American woman was gang-raped by three men aboard a public van in a six-hour abduction over the weekend that began in the seaside district of Copacabana, police said.

The attackers pummeled the woman’s face and tied up her male companion, a French citizen, then beat him with a metal bar as he witnessed the harrowing assault. The couple were forced to use bank cards to withdraw money from their accounts before the assailants freed them at a bus station on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro.

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