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Sick French baby's life in danger after hospital abduction

Toulouse - A French hospital launched an urgent appeal Saturday for a man to return his kidnapped two-month-old son, warning that the little boy's life was in grave danger.

French Alps cold cases re-examined after double murders

Paris - French investigators in the Alps were poring over the movements and contacts of a 34-year-old former military dog handler on Thursday to look for possible links to a series of unsolved missing person cases in the region.

Murder case in French Alps sparks serial killer fears

Chamb - Police in the French Alps are re-examining a host of missing people cases after charging a man on Wednesday over a second abduction and murder in the area.

Man charged with murder of missing French girl

Grenoble - Prosecutors in eastern France on Thursday charged an ex-soldier with murdering a nine-year-old girl who went missing from a wedding party in the French Alps in August.

Vatican opens fresh probe into 'sex abuse' at school

Vatican City - The Vatican has opened a new investigation into possible sexual abuse committed before 2013 at a private school in Rome for children destined for the priesthood, the Holy See announced Saturday.

Toddler rescued after 12 hours in Swiss Alps crevice

Geneva - After a 12-hour ordeal, rescue workers pulled a two-year-old girl unharmed out of a deep crevice she tumbled into during a family hike in the Swiss Alps, police said Friday.

Late British PM Heath 'would have been questioned' over abuse allegations

London - Former British prime minister Edward Heath would have been questioned over claims that he sexually assaulted five boys if he was still alive, police announced Thursday.

Catholic summit unites experts against online child porn

Rome - An international summit on how to protect children from pornography threats online is taking place at a Catholic university in Rome this week with Pope Francis's support, organisers said Monday.

One month on, mystery persists over missing French girl

Lyon - A month after an eight-year-old girl went missing from a wedding party in the French Alps, her fate remains unknown in a case that has gripped the nation.

Search to wind down for French girl missing from wedding

Lyon - Authorities searching for a nine-year-old girl who went missing from a wedding in the French Alps plan to scale back their efforts, having found no sign of her since her disappearance last month, a source close to the inquiry said Tuesday.

Girl 'got into my car', says French wedding kidnap suspect

Lyon - The man charged with kidnapping a nine-year-old French girl who went missing during a wedding in the Alps has admitted she got into his car but denies abducting her, his lawyer said Monday.

Suspect in French missing girl case admits child 'got into his car'

Lyon - The man charged with kidnapping a nine-year-old French girl during an Alps wedding has admitted during police questioning that she got into his car but denies abducting her, his lawyer told AFP on Monday.

Two suspects freed over French girl's wedding disappearance

Pont-de-beauvoisin - French investigators have released two suspects held in connection with the disappearance of a nine-year-old girl during a wedding in the Alps nearly a week ago, as hundreds of people took part in a police-coordinated search on Saturday.

Second man held over French girl's wedding disappearance

Pont-de-beauvoisin - French investigators said Friday they had arrested a second man in connection with the mysterious disappearance of a nine-year-old girl during a wedding in the Alps, as the search for her entered a sixth day.

Judge extends custody of man over French girl's disappearance

Lyon - A French judge on Friday extended the remand in custody of a man being held over the disappearance of a nine-year-old girl from a wedding in the Alps last weekend.

Man held over French girl missing at Alps wedding

Paris - French police have arrested a man in connection with the disappearance of a nine-year-old girl during a wedding in the Alps last weekend, officials said Thursday, though searchers have yet to find any clues to her whereabouts.

New searches for French girl missing at wedding

Lyon - Police reinforcements arrived Wednesday to take part in a fresh search of an area in the French Alps where a nine-year-old girl went missing during a family wedding at the weekend.

Over 500 boys were abused at German Catholic choir school: investigator

Munich - More than 500 boys at a world-famous Catholic choir school in Germany suffered sexual or physical abuse in what victims have likened to "prison, hell or a concentration camp", said a report Tuesday on one of the country's worst such scandals.

547 boys were abused at German Catholic choir school: lawyer

Berlin - At least 547 boys at a German Catholic choir school suffered sexual or physical abuse in what victims have likened to "prison, hell or a concentration camp", said an investigator releasing a final report Tuesday.

Notorious Jersey child home should be demolished: inquiry

London - A former care home on Jersey where children were abused over decades should be demolished, an independent panel recommended Monday, as it warned children remain at risk on the Channel Island.

Europol using everyday objects to trace child sex abusers

Den Haag - A particular shampoo brand, a magazine cover, a shopping bag or even a wallpaper pattern are among the clues Europol posted online Thursday, hoping they may help trace child sex abusers and their victims.

Too much stress for the mother affects the baby: Study

Swiss researchers have found that if an expectant mother is under stress over the long-term, the level of stress hormones in the amniotic fluid rises. This could have implications for the development of the baby.

Police break up WhatsApp child porn image sharing network

Den Haag - Police have arrested 39 suspects in over a dozen countries across Europe and Latin America after busting an online paedophile ring that used the WhatsApp chat service to share images of child sex abuse, officials said Tuesday.

Germany cracks down on child marriages

Berlin - Germany's cabinet Wednesday moved to ban child marriages after the recent mass refugee influx brought in many couples where one or both partners were aged under 18.

Germany cracks down on child marriages

Berlin - Germany's cabinet Wednesday moved to ban child marriages after the recent mass refugee influx brought in many couples where one or both partners were aged under 18.

Germany cracks down on child marriages

Berlin - Germany's cabinet Wednesday moved to ban child marriages after the recent mass refugee influx brought in many couples where one or both partners were aged under 18.

Police DNA error linked German neo-Nazi killer, child murder

Berlin - German police admitted Wednesday they had falsely linked two high-profile crimes -- an unsolved child murder and a neo-Nazi cell's killing spree -- because investigators accidentally contaminated DNA evidence.

German-Iraqi boy, 12, 'tried to bomb Christmas market'

Berlin - German prosecutors said Friday they were investigating a case in which a 12-year-old boy allegedly tried to detonate a home-made nail bomb at a Christmas market.

Catholic Church to have prayer day for sex abuse victims

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Monday announced plans for a worldwide day of prayer for the victims of sexual abuse, in line with a proposal from his child protection panel.

Euro police arrest 75 in major online child abuse swoop

Den Haag - Police swooped in 28 European countries and arrested 75 suspects for sharing child sex images on the internet while investigating 207 cases across the continent, Europe's policing agency said Tuesday.
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