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UN names coordinator to tackle peacekeeping sex abuse scandal

New York - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday appointed American Jane Holl Lute to tackle mounting allegations of sexual abuse by UN peacekeepers.

Fresh sex abuse claims rock UN mission in C.Africa

Bangui - The UN's troubled mission in Central African Republic announced seven new claims of sex abuse by peacekeepers Thursday, the latest in a barrage of allegations of troops assaulting the civilians they are supposed to protect.

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...

Panel finds 'gross' failure by UN over child sex abuse claims

New York - An independent panel sharply rebuked the United Nations on Thursday for "gross institutional failure" to act on allegations that French and African troops sexually abused children in the Central African Republic.

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.

9-year-old fatally shot in alley may have been targeted

Chicago - On Monday, Tyshawn Lee, 9, was fatally shot in an alley in Chicago's Gresham neighborhood. Police believe Lee may have been targeted.

Can bacteria block HIV infection between mother and child?

Women with HIV can pass on the virus to their children when they are pregnant. This doesn’t happen in all cases and one reason could be composition of vaginal bacteria.

U.S. mom admits to killing three sons in past 13 months

Chicago - A US mother in Ohio admitted killing her three young sons in separate incidents over the past 13 months because her husband paid more attention to the boys than a daughter, police said.

Body of Syrian boy, 16, found at base of Greek island cliff

Kos - The body of a 16-year-old Syrian boy smuggled from Turkey has been found at the foot of a cliff on the Greek island of Kos, a Red Cross official told AFP on Sunday."His boat landed in a dangerous area of Kos," by a cliff, the official said.

Woman had her child blow in breathalyzer, so she could start car

Apopka - A Florida mother has found herself in trouble after a body cam video shows her having her 4-year-old child blowing into a breathalyzer.

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.
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