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Pope's 'pain' as second man accuses Spanish priests of abuse

Madrid - A second man has filed a complaint accusing a group of Catholic priests in Spain of sexual abuse in a case Pope Francis has said has caused him "great pain", a judicial source said Wednesday.

China drafts first domestic violence law

Bejing - China has drafted its first national law against domestic violence, with activists hailing it Wednesday as a step forward in a country where abuse has long been sidelined as a private matter.

Formal inquiry urged into Australian military academy abuse

Sydney - Australia should hold a public inquiry into abuse at a prestigious military academy, a long-awaited report into disturbing mistreatment within the defence force found Wednesday.

LA schools in huge child abuse settlement payout

Los Angeles - Los Angeles school officials agreed to a $139 million settlement Friday for victims of a teacher jailed for lewd conduct with students, in what lawyers said was the biggest ever such payout.

Cosby under pressure as shows scrapped amid sex claims

Los Angeles - The US network NBC pulled the plug on a new Bill Cosby sitcom following a similar move by Netflix, piling pressure on the veteran comic over growing sex assault claims.

Philippines probes 'prison'-like children's centre

Manila - Top Philippines officials said Monday they had launched investigations into a Manila children's centre overseen by a former president, after months of complaints about the "prison"-like conditions.

Cosby lawyer slams 'old, discredited' sex abuse allegations

Los Angeles - Bill Cosby will not respond to "decade-old, discredited" allegations of sexual abuse, his lawyer said, following recent claims that the beloved US entertainer had assaulted a string of women over the years.

Nova Scotia apologizes to residents of Home for Colored Children

Halifax - Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil offered a formal apology today on behalf of the province to those who suffered abuse and neglect at the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children.

Grandmother accused of dressing up as witch and abusing child

Oklahoma City - A grandmother from Oklahoma City is being accused of dressing up as a witch and brutally abusing her seven-year-old granddaughter.

Asylum-seekers 'abused' in German refugee centres

Berlin - German police Monday started an investigation into six private security guards at a refugee centre accused of assaulting and humiliating asylum seekers in ways that drew comparisons to abuse against Guantanamo Bay prisoners.

Pope sacks Paraguay bishop who promoted alleged paedophile priest

- Pope Francis on Thursday sacked a Paraguayan bishop accused of protecting and promoting a priest described by his former church superiors in the United States as "a serious threat to young people".

Vatican prepares for landmark sex abuse trial of ex-envoy

- The Vatican on Wednesday began preparing for a landmark trial of a disgraced former archbishop at the centre of one of the Church's most damaging child sex abuse cases.

Vatican puts ex-envoy under house arrest in sex abuse case

- A former Vatican ambassador to the Dominican Republic has been placed under house arrest in the first case of criminal proceedings by the Holy See over the sexual abuse of children, a spokesman said Tuesday.

A+ student attempts robbery of couple after going 'off the rails'

Leicester Crown Court heard yesterday how an English college student achieving A+ grades for her work attempted the robbery of a couple in the street after going "off the rails" when falling into bad company.

Inquiry reveals 1,400 children abused in British town

London - An inquiry has revealed that some 1,400 minors were sexually abused in the British town of Rotherham over a 16-year period and blamed local authorities for failing to act.

Former aide to Britain's Prince Philip charged with sex abuse

London - The former personal assistant of Britain's Prince Philip has been charged with sexually abusing a girl while he was working for the royal family in the 1970s, prosecutors said.

Pope promises 'solutions' to priestly celibacy: Report

- Pope Francis promised "solutions" to the issue of priestly celibacy in an interview on Sunday that raised the possibility the Catholic Church could eventually lift a ban on married priests, but was quickly refuted by the Vatican.

Calls grow for UK inquiry into alleged Westminster child abuse

London - The British government faced growing calls on Sunday for a national inquiry into allegations of child abuse by politicians in the 1970s and 1980s, after it emerged that 114 files relating to the accusations were missing.

Addiction 'off' switch is possible but not a cure

A new report has indicated that it may be possible to 'turn off' withdrawal symptoms deriving from when people refrain from taking illegal substances for a period of time to make it easier for people to stop.

Senior Australian bishop charged with child sex abuse

Sydney - One of the most senior members of the Catholic Church in Australia has stepped down from his role after being charged with child sex abuse, the Church said on Monday.

Ex-Vatican envoy defrocked for sex abuse

- The Vatican's former ambassador to the Dominican Republic has been convicted of sex abuse by a church tribunal and defrocked pending further criminal proceedings in the first case of its kind.

Taskforce reveals extent of brutal abuse at Australia base

Sydney - Hundreds of teenage boys suffered brutal physical and sexual abuse at an Australian naval base, a taskforce said Wednesday, as it slammed the Defence Force for failing to protect them.

Banish sexual violence 'to dark ages': Kerry

London - US Secretary of State John Kerry said it was time to banish sexual violence "to the dark ages" as an international conference on rape as a weapon of war wrapped up in London.

Pope says 'no privileges' for bishops on abuse

- Pope Francis on Monday warned there were "no privileges" for bishops when it came to child sex crimes and said he would hold a special mass with victims next week in the Vatican.

Pope setting up appeal body for priests accused of abuse

- The Vatican on Monday said it was setting up an appeals body for priests under internal investigation by the Catholic Church for alleged child sex crimes.

World Bank: 700 mn women subject to conjugal violence

Washington - More than 700 million women worldwide are subject to physical or sexual violence from their husbands or partners, many with little right to protection, the World Bank said Wednesday.

UN anti-torture watchdog grills Vatican over child sex abuse

Geneva - The UN's anti-torture watchdog grilled the Vatican on Monday over efforts to stamp out child sex abuse by priests, as the Church defended an approach which victims said had "failed terribly".

Claims 220 Australian child sailors raped, brutalised

Sydney - Allegations that 220 child sailors at an Australian navy training base were raped or brutalised in the 1980s are so serious they will be raised in a paper to parliament, a report said Monday.

Vatican panel to develop 'best practices' to curb sex abuse

- A Vatican panel said Saturday it would develop "best practices" for Catholic parishes to combat child sex abuse by priests as campaigners demanded that the Church discipline "bad bishops" who cover up for their subordinates.

Vatican anti-abuse committee begins first meeting

- A new Vatican committee aimed at preventing child sex crimes by priests and caring for victims met for the first time on Thursday in Pope Francis's residence.
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Round table against sexual abuse in the schools on April 23 in Berlin
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Round table against sexual abuse in the schools on April 23 in Berlin
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One of the dogs seized from Bud Wheatley in 2009.
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Emaciated sheep brought into slaughterhouse in wheelbarrow.
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