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Outcry in France as abused woman stays in jail

Melun - A French court on Friday refused to release a woman pardoned for killing her abusive husband, prompting an outcry over a case that has become a cause celebre.

French probe into cardinal abuse cover-up dismissed

Lyon - A French prosecutor on Monday dismissed a probe into allegations that Cardinal Philippe Barbarin covered up the sexual abuse of Scouts, in a case which shook the country's Catholic Church.

Australia police investigate Pope aide over child abuse claims

Sydney - Australian police said Thursday they are investigating child abuse complaints against Vatican finance chief George Pell, but had not yet decided whether to press charges.

Top pope aide investigated over Australia child sex abuse: report

Sydney - Vatican finance chief George Pell is being investigated by Australian police over child sexual abuse allegations, a report by the national broadcaster said Wednesday, as the leading Catholic cleric denounced the claims as "totally untrue".

Twitter stirs debate after banning editor for insults

Washington - Twitter found itself embroiled in controversy Wednesday after banning an editor at the conservative Breitbart website for fueling a stream of abuse that drove "Ghostbusters" star Leslie Jones to quit the social network.

Suspects in peacekeeper sexual abuse case are Burundian: UN

New York - The latest UN peacekeepers accused of sexually abusing minors in the Central African Republic are from a Burundian contingent, a spokesman said Thursday.

Singaporean couple jailed for torturing toddler to death

Singapore - A Singaporean mother who tortured her two-year-old son to death for not eating his breakfast and disobeying her was jailed along with her boyfriend on Tuesday for what the court described as the couple's "senseless brutality".

Two new cases of alleged sex abuse by UN peacekeepers in C. Africa

New York - The United Nations is investigating allegations that peacekeepers in the Central African Republic have sexually abused two minors, the latest in a wave of shocking cases to hit the UN mission.

Australian dad who raped and pimped daughter jailed

Sydney - An Australian who repeatedly raped his daughter and organised for strangers to abuse her while he watched was jailed Thursday for 22-and-a-half years, telling police "it was fun while it lasted".

Australian defence recruits forced to rape each other: Inquiry

Sydney - Teenage recruits into the Australian military were forced to rape each other, often as part of brutal initiation practices, a public inquiry into child sex abuse heard Tuesday.

French police quiz cardinal over alleged abuse cover-up

Lyon - One of France's most powerful Catholic leaders, Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, was questioned by police on Wednesday over allegations he covered up the sexual abuse of Scouts, his lawyer said.

UN whistleblower quits over peacekeeper rape 'impunity'

Geneva - The UN whistleblower who exposed the rape of children by peacekeepers in Africa has quit his post to protest what he sees as the "complete impunity" of those responsible, he announced in an interview Tuesday.

UK paedophile Huckle gets 22 life sentences for Malaysia abuse

London - A British paedophile who preyed on Christian children in an impoverished part of Kuala Lumpur was sentenced on Monday to life with a minimum term of 25 years.

Bishops face sack for child abuse 'negligence': pope

Vatican City - Catholic bishops guilty of negligence in child abuse cases can now be dismissed from office, Pope Francis said Saturday in a move hiking pressure on the Church's hierarchy.

France disciplines 5 troops over C. Africa abuse

Paris - France has disciplined five soldiers accused of physical abuse in Central African Republic, where Paris had sent peacekeepers to quell bloody sectarian violence, the defence ministry said on Saturday.

Serial UK paedophile faces life in jail for Malaysia abuse

London - A British serial paedophile who preyed on impoverished children in a Kuala Lumpur slum and bragged about the abuse online faces life in jail on Friday when he is expected to be sentenced.

Pakistanis hit back as clerics say men can 'lightly beat' wives

Islamabad - Pakistani media and activists poured scorn Friday on a suggestion from an Islamic religious body that men should be allowed to "lightly beat" their wives, made in their draft of a women's protection bill.

Pope under fire for meeting French cardinal accused of sex abuse cover-up

Vatican City - Pope Francis came under fire Friday after meeting Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, the Lyon archbishop suspected of covering up for a paedophile priest in a scandal that has rocked the Catholic Church in France.

UN pushes 'get-tough agenda' on peacekeeper sex abuse

New York - A former number two at the US Department of Homeland Security is forcing the United Nations to confront one of the worst crises in its history: sexual abuse by peacekeepers.

17 French ex-ministers vow to end silence over sex harassment

Paris - Seventeen French former ministers, women from across the political spectrum, said Sunday they would no longer remain silent about sexual harassment in politics, days after an investigation was opened into multiple claims against a former deputy parliam...

Italy's 'Don Mercedes' pays sex abuse victims' families: Reports

Rome - A controversial Italian priest awaiting a criminal trial for sex abuse of minors has agreed to pay 125,000 euros in compensation to the families of five of his alleged victims, Italian media reported Thursday.

Using tip-offs, stealth Cambodia's paedophile hunters go to work

Siem Reap - Using tip-offs, stakeouts and stealth, civilian investigators are playing a crucial role in helping Cambodian police track down foreign paedophiles, as they battle to spread the message that the impoverished nation will no longer be a playground for ab...

Global child sex tourism rising, thwarting efforts to fight it

Bangkok - The sexual abuse of children by tourists and travellers is a growing scourge around the globe that has largely managed to outwit attempts to curb it in the last two decades, a major study warned Thursday.

Unique Swedish study tests drugs to prevent child sex abuse

Stockholm - "No one would choose this, it's obvious," said Anders who has unwanted sexual thoughts about children.He is at the forefront of a unique scientific study under way in Sweden to see if drugs can prevent paedophiles from acting on their urges.

Archbishop admits 'errors' in handling of child sex abuse cases

Lyon - A French cardinal accused of covering up for a paedophile priest, in a scandal that has rocked the local Catholic Church, admitted Monday to "errors in the management and nomination of certain priests.

French bishops pledge to expose paedophilia, 'even historic cases'

Paris - The Catholic Church in France on Tuesday pledged to shed light on all cases of paedophilia, including "historic cases", following a scandal over an archbishop accused of covering up a priest's crimes.

Bishop accused of child abuse cover-up dies in Australia

Sydney - A bishop in charge during one of Australia's darkest periods of child abuse by Catholic clergy died Monday, depriving an inquiry of further evidence from a man once closely linked to Vatican finance chief George Pell.

French diocese offices searched in paedophile priest case: source

Lyon - French investigators searched the offices of the diocese of Lyon on Wednesday over the alleged cover-up of a paedophile priest, a source close to the probe said.

French cardinal faces new claim of promoting convicted priest

Paris - A French cardinal accused of covering up the sexual abuse of children by a priest faced new calls Thursday to step down after claims he promoted another cleric who had a previous conviction for sexually abusing adults.

Under-fire French cardinal faces new accusations

Paris - A French cardinal accused of covering up the sexual abuse of children by a priest faced new accusations that he had promoted another cleric despite the man having a previous conviction for sexually abusing adult students.
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