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Former victim leaves Vatican child sex abuse commission

Vatican City - A former paedophilia victim has left the Vatican advisory commission on sexual abuse by the clergy, the Vatican announced Saturday, two days after the British campaigner criticised the body in the press.

French president pardons woman jailed for killing violent husband

Paris - French President Francois Hollande on Sunday pardoned a woman who was jailed for 10 years for killing her husband after he abused her for decades, the president's office announced Sunday.

Calls mount for Frenchwoman to be pardoned for killing violent husband

Paris - A woman jailed for 10 years for killing her abusive husband after decades of marital hell has become a cause celebre in France, where appeals are growing louder for her to be pardoned.

Pope hits out at Internet trolls

Vatican City - Pope Francis spoke out Friday over the increasingly aggressive nature of much political discourse and the use of social media as a forum for personal abuse.

Church child abuse scandals 'tip of iceberg' say real-life stars of Oscar-tipped film

Paris - The child abuse scandals plaguing the Catholic Church are only the tip of the iceberg, the journalists who exposed one of the hierarchy's biggest cover-ups said Wednesday.

Pakistani child sex abuse victims struggle to rebuild lives

- "I don't regret speaking out, but since then, people have looked at me with strange eyes," laments 16-year-old village boy Irfan.

Female refugees face abuse on migrant trail in Europe: Amnesty

London - Female asylum seekers face physical assault and sexual harassment on their journeys through Europe, Amnesty International warned in a report on Monday, calling on governments to offer more protection.

At least 231 boys abused at German Catholic choir school: lawyer

Berlin - At least 231 children at a famous boys' choir school in Germany were victims of physical abuse, a lawyer tasked by the Catholic institution to probe allegations said Friday, giving a far higher figure than thought for the scandal, which dates back deca...

Ireland to extradite alleged top child porn webmaster to U.S.

Dublin - An Irishman alleged by the FBI to be the "largest facilitator of child porn in the world" can be extradited to the United States to face charges, an Irish court ruled on Wednesday.

FBI helps smash child porn ring in Latin America

- Sixty people have been arrested on charges of child pornography and three minors were rescued in a joint operation with FBI agents and police in Argentina, Chile and Mexico, officials here said.

Senator claims former Australian PM on paedophile list

Sydney - A former Australian prime minister is among 28 prominent people on a list of alleged paedophiles, a senator has claimed in urging a public inquiry into child abuse be expanded.

Spain school says Vatican closes probe into child abuse

Madrid - The Vatican, citing lack of evidence, has closed a probe into a case of alleged sexual abuse of a boy at a Catholic school in Spain which had prompted intervention by Pope Francis, the school said Monday.

Catholic Church must compensate abuse victims: Colombia court

Estanzuela - Colombia's Supreme Court has ruled that the Catholic Church must compensate two victims of a priest convicted of sexual abuse of minors.

Pope Francis defends appointment of bishop accused of protecting priest

Santiago - Pope Francis called critics protesting the appointment of a new bishop in Chile, who has been accused of covering up sexual abuse crimes committed by priests, "lefties" in a video message Saturday.

'God weeps,' says pope after meeting abuse victims

Philadelphia - Pope Francis on Sunday used the last day of his historic US tour to meet victims of the church's devastating sex abuse scandal, saying "God weeps" for their suffering, and pledging to hold those responsible to account.

Pope urges U.S. bishops to end Church sex abuse

Washington - Pope Francis told US bishops on Wednesday to work to ensure the sex abuse scandal that has rocked the Catholic Church never happens again.

UN chief ready to throw out peacekeepers over sex abuse claims

New York - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned Thursday he was ready to throw out entire peacekeeping units if their country fails to take action against soldiers accused of sexual abuse.

Vatican paedophilia suspect died of heart problems: Autopsy

Vatican City - Initial autopsy results indicate that a former Polish archbishop who would have been the first high-ranking Catholic Church official to go on trial for paedophilia died of natural causes linked to heart problems, the Vatican said Saturday.

Ex-archbishop dies ahead of paedophilia trial: Vatican

Vatican City - Josef Wesolowski, a former Polish archbishop who had been due to be the first cleric tried in the Vatican for child sex abuse, has been found dead in his apartment in the city state.

Pakistan police under fire over child abuse scandal

Lahore - Pakistani police Monday arrested five more people over a major child sex abuse scandal after a lawyer for the victims accused them of protecting culprits and activists said the case was just the tip of the iceberg.

Westminster under suspicion as ex-PM faces child abuse claim

London - Allegations linking former prime minister Edward Heath to child sex abuse threatened fresh disgrace for Britain's political establishment on Tuesday as claims of high-level historic paedophilia piled up.

Former British PM Heath caught up in child sex abuse claim

London - A former prime minister was drawn into the complex web of historic child sex abuse allegations in Britain Monday, when the police watchdog announced an investigation involving 1970s leader Edward Heath.

Australian woman who had baby with boy is jailed

Melbourne - A woman who had regular sex with her daughter's 12-year-old friend and fathered his baby was Monday jailed for up to six years, with the judge saying she took away his childhood.

Ex-archbishop hospitalised ahead of Vatican paedophilia trial

Vatican City - A former Polish archbishop became ill and was placed in intensive care ahead of the opening of his unprecedented trial on paedophilia charges at the Vatican, officials said Saturday.

Vatican holds first trial of cleric accused of paedophilia

Vatican City - The first ever trial of a former papal official accused of paedophile crimes opens Saturday at the Vatican in what is viewed as belated Church efforts to battle child abusers among the clergy.

France charges soldier over Burkina child sex abuse

Paris - A French soldier accused of sexually abusing two girls aged three and five in Burkina Faso was charged Friday in Paris, a judicial source told AFP.

French soldiers accused of paedophilia in custody in France

Paris - Two French special forces soldiers accused of sexually abusing children in Burkina Faso returned home Thursday and were taken into custody, said a legal source.

French child abuse accused in Burkina Faso were special forces

Paris - The French soldiers accused of sexually abusing children in Burkina Faso were members of an elite special forces unit, a source close to the investigation told AFP on Wednesday.

Record Australian payout for abused British child migrants

Sydney - Former British migrants who were physically and sexually assaulted at a notorious school in Australia on Monday won the largest compensation payment for survivors of mass child abuse in the country's legal history.

US Catholic bishops quit, envoy faces trial in sex abuse cases

Vatican City - The Vatican on Monday announced the resignation of two senior US clerics accused of failing to protect minors from a paedophile priest and set a date for an unprecedented trial of a former archbishop for paying boys for sex.
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