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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.

Retrial set for Malaysia rape-marriage case: lawyer

Kuala Lumpur - A Malaysian rape suspect who married his 14-year-old victim to avoid jail will be brought back to court for a retrial, the accused's lawyer told AFP on Saturday.

Malaysia govt intervenes in rape-marriage loophole case

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia's government has called for a review of a case in which a rape suspect married his 14-year-old victim to avoid jail, following angry calls for reform by activists.

Malaysia rapist 'avoids jail after marrying victim'

Kuala Lumpur - A Malaysian man who raped a 14-year-old girl avoided being thrown in jail after he married the young victim, sparking calls from angry activists for legal reforms on Thursday.

Japanese boy leaves hospital after forest ordeal

Toukyo - A seven-year-old boy who survived for nearly a week after being abandoned by his parents in a forest left hospital on Tuesday, capping a drama that captivated Japan and sparked a debate about child discipline.

Missing boy case sparks discipline debate in Japan

Toukyo - The abandonment of a seven-year-old Japanese boy on a mountain road for misbehaving has sparked a national debate, with some expressing anger and others sympathy for the pressures parents face in disciplining their children.

Seven-year-old boy missing in Japan forest found alive: Officials

Toukyo - A seven-year-old boy missing since his parents abandoned him in a bear-inhabited forest in northern Japan as a punishment nearly a week ago was found alive on Friday, officials said.

Japan rescuers struggle with lack of clues for missing boy

Toukyo - The search for a seven-year-old Japanese boy missing since his parents abandoned him in a bear-inhabited forest was proving frustratingly difficult due to a lack of clues, a rescuer said Tuesday.

Japan rescuers expand forest search for missing boy

Toukyo - Japanese rescuers scoured thick forest Monday in search of a seven-year-old boy whose parents left him in mountain woods inhabited by bears as a punishment, in a case that has infuriated the public.

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.

U.S. toddler shoots mother dead

Milwaukee - A toddler riding in the back of a car accidentally shot dead his mother with a gun that slid out from under the driver's seat, US police said.

Boy found with octopus lodged in throat released from hospital

A two-year-old Kansas boy who had an octopus lodged in his throat was released from the hospital, police say. Prosecutors have not yet determined whether to press charges

Four new allegations of sex abuse against UN peacekeepers in C. Africa

New York - UN peacekeepers from the Democratic Republic of Congo have been accused of sexually abusing four children who were living in a camp for displaced civilians in the Central African Republic, a UN spokesman said Tuesday.

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.
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