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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.

UN official resigns amid scandal over handling of sex abuse report

New York - A top UN official who was allegedly informed of a sex abuse scandal before it became public is resigning, a spokeswoman for the United Nations said Wednesday.

Australian jailed over 12-year-old daughter's 'marriage'

Sydney - An Australian man who consented to an Islamic "marriage" ceremony between his 12-year-old daughter and a man more than twice her age was Friday jailed for at least six years.

Dead mystery child dumped in suitcase in Australia

Sydney - The skeletal remains of a young child have been found dumped in bushland in southern Australia, with police Thursday looking for an elderly man seen carrying a suitcase in the area.

Bangladesh arrests man for 'filming' boy's lynching

Dhaka - Bangladesh police said Thursday they had arrested a man on suspicion of filming the brutal murder of a 13-year-old boy that provoked public outrage after the footage went viral.

Chinese who buy abducted children to be prosecuted: Report

Bejing - Buyers of abducted children in China will face criminal punishment under proposed laws that would remove an exemption from prosecution, reports said Thursday, as authorities clamp down on the flourishing child trafficking industry.

Nobel laureate Satyarthi says up to 500,000 child soldiers worldwide

Ginebra - There are up to 500,000 child soldiers around the world, Nobel laureate and child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi said Friday, terming it the worst form of child abuse.

UN raps Ghana's failure to stamp out slavery of virgin girls

Accra - UN rights experts on Wednesday said Ghana had failed miserably to stamp out a centuries-old tradition in which virgin girls are offered as slaves to local priests for a lifetime.

Paraguay captures man who allegedly impregnated stepdaughter

Asunci - The man who allegedly sexually abused and impregnated his 10-year-old stepdaughter, sparking a debate on abortion in Paraguay, was arrested Saturday after 15 days on the run, police said.

Ten-year-old's pregnancy sparks Paraguay abortion debate

Asunci - A 10-year-old girl who was raped by her stepfather and is now five months pregnant has become the focal point of a wrenching debate over abortion and child abuse in this conservative Catholic country.

UN 'whistleblower' on C. Africa child sex scandal reinstated

Ginebra - A UN tribunal has ordered the reinstatement of Swedish official Anders Kompass who was suspended for leaking a report to France about child abuse by French peacekeepers in the Central African Republic.

Soldiers who assaulted C.Africa kids 'should own up': France

Paris - France's defence minister has urged soldiers "to give themselves up" if they are guilty of sexually assaulting hungry Central African kids, as questions remain on why the probe into the alleged crimes is taking so long.

UN denies cover-up in C. Africa child sex abuse scandal

Ginebra - Faced with mounting pressure to shed light on accusations that French soldiers sexually abused children in the Central African Republic, the United Nations said Friday suggestions of a cover-up were "offensive".

14 French soldiers implicated in C. Africa child rape probe

Paris - Fourteen French soldiers are implicated in a probe into the alleged rape of children in the Central African Republic, a judicial source said Thursday, in what could be a potentially devastating scandal for the army.

'No mercy' if troops guilty of C. Africa child rape: Hollande

Bangui - President Francois Hollande on Thursday vowed to "show no mercy" if French peacekeepers in Central African Republic were found guilty of raping hungry children in exchange for food.

Three-year-old accidentally shoots baby dead in U.S.: Reports

Washington - A three-year-old boy in Cleveland killed a baby on Sunday when a gun that he picked up went off and hit the one-year-old in the face, US media reported.

Australian convicted for marrying off 12-year-old daughter

Sydney - An Australian man was convicted Wednesday of procuring his 12-year-old daughter for sex by letting her marry a man more than twice her age in an Islamic ceremony.

Norwegian court ups jail term for mother who drowned infant

Oslo - A Norwegian appeals court increased jail terms Tuesday for a Norwegian woman who drowned her infant and her British lover who gave her instructions via a webcam.

Ex-principal 'sorry' for sex abuse at elite Australian school

Sydney - A former headmaster at one of Australia's most prestigious private schools on Tuesday apologised after revelations that boys were groomed for sex by paedophile teachers while he was in charge.

Anonymous 'OpDeathEaters' to combat child sex abusers online

High-profile hacktivist group Anonymous have announced that they are planning an action day to expose child abusers and those who cover them, freely publishing the information to inform the public of the scope of abuse.

Six-year-old girl eaten by piranhas after Brazil canoe capsize

A six-year-old Brazilian girl has died after being eaten alive by piranhas when she fell into the river she was canoeing along on January 27. The piranhas tore all the flesh from her legs.

Hong Kong police hunt young girl over diamond heist

Hong Kong - Hong Kong police say they are hunting a girl aged between 12 and 14 years old over the theft of a diamond necklace worth more than HK$36 million (US$4.6 million) from a luxury jewellery store.

Pakistan cleric investigated after child molested and killed

Lahore - Pakistan police on Saturday launched an investigation against a prominent cleric after a six-year-old boy was found strangled and dumped in a mosque after being sexually abused.

Man wanted in UK for child sex crimes arrested in Thailand

Bangkok - A British man wanted by UK police for a string of paedophile offences has been arrested at a school in northeast Thailand, immigration officials said.

3-year-old Montana boy killed during game of 'gun tag'

Charlo - A Montana man is behind bars, charged with negligent homicide after fatally shooting a three-year-old boy during a game of "gun tag."

5th grader charged with strangling, beating 90-year-old to death

Damascus - A 10-year-old boy has been charged with criminal homicide and may be tried as an adult after he admitted to strangling and beating an elderly woman to death.

Colombia arrests 17 for child prostitution, trafficking

Estanzuela - Twelve adults and five children suspected of child sex crimes and human trafficking have been arrested in Colombia in a joint operation with the United States, officials from both countries said Tuesday.

Four-year-old Norwegian girl sleepwalks four kilometers

A four-year-old girl was found, on her own and wearing only pants and boots, after sleepwalking for over four kilometers or 2.5 miles from her home Finnmark, North Norway to Hjellplassen, Honningsvåg. She was found safely at 6 a.m. Monday morning.

Girl, 9, accidentally shoots dead US instructor with Uzi

Los Angeles - A nine-year-old girl learning to fire an Uzi submachine gun accidentally killed her instructor at a shooting range in the United States, triggering more debate over gun control in the country.

Australia authorities track down Thai surrogate 'paedophile'

Perth - Australian authorities said Thursday they had finally contacted a man exposed as a convicted paedophile at the centre of a Thai surrogate baby scandal, as his son defended him as a changed man.
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