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As surrogacy booms, fears Ukraine becoming 'online baby store'

Kiev - Tears of joy stream down Andrea Viez's face as she lifts her baby boy, born to a surrogate mother in Ukraine."He's a star," the Argentinian in her late 40s says, her voice trembling.

Search in France for girl, 9, missing since 2003

Ville-sur-lumes - French forensics experts began a grim search Monday for the remains of a nine-year-old girl who disappeared 17 years ago, after a serial killer recently confessed to her murder.

Dozens of girls at India abuse shelter contract coronavirus

New Delhi - Dozens of girls from a state-run shelter for runaways and victims of sexual abuse -- including seven who are pregnant -- have tested positive for coronavirus, Indian officials said Monday, raising fears about its spread in institutional homes.

Under-20s half as likely to contract coronavirus: study

Paris - People under the age of 20 are half as likely to contract COVID-19 than the rest of the population, according to new modelling released on Tuesday that suggests four out of five infected young people show no symptoms.

Saudi-led Yemen coalition pulled from UN blacklist

New York - Campaigners reacted angrily on Monday to the removal of the Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen from a list of groups violating children's rights, in a report by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

Hug me tender: scientists unlock the secret to the perfect cuddle

Apo - In this era of social distancing and depressing news, we could all do with a good hug. Now scientists have analysed what makes the perfect cuddle -- just don't squeeze too tight.

Vatican investigates Polish bishop for abuse cover-up

Warsaw - The Vatican has given the go-ahead for an investigation into a Polish bishop suspected of covering up sexual abuse of children by clergy -- a subject that has long remained taboo in predominantly Catholic Poland.

'Little Chef' charms Myanmar with lockdown cooking classes

From boiled catfish soup to spicy fried frog, an eight-year-old in pyjamas and a chef's hat is delighting Myanmar with her culinary prowess in a nation still being told to stay at home due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Japan newborn gets liver stem cells in world first

Apo - Doctors in Japan have successfully transplanted liver cells derived from embryonic stem cells into a newborn baby, in a world first that could provide new treatment options for infants.

Worrying surge in childhood disease linked to COVID-19

Paris - Europe and the United States have seen sharp surges in recent weeks of a severe immune disorder in children linked to COVID-19, health authorities reported Friday, sounding an alarm.

Fight the power: Japan teen plans lawsuit over gaming advice

Apo - A Japanese teen is standing up for his right to play hours of video games, crowdfunding for a lawsuit to challenge local government guidelines on limiting video gaming by children.

US issues alert over COVID-19-linked childhood illness

Washington - US health authorities issued an alert Thursday over a rare but sometimes deadly autoimmune condition among children that is believed to be linked to COVID-19.

South Korea raises age of consent from 13 to 16

South Korea has raised the age of consent for sex to 16 from 13 as it seeks to strengthen protection for minors following accusations the existing law on sex crimes was too weak.

Cardinal Pell knew of clergy abuse for decades: inquiry

Sydney - Cardinal George Pell was aware of child sexual abuse by Catholic clergy in Australia as far back as the 1970s and failed to seek the removal of accused priests, according to findings of a top-level inquiry released Thursday.

Nearly 1 in 5 US children left hungry since virus crisis: study

Washington - Nearly a fifth of young children in the United States are not getting enough to eat since the coronavirus pandemic erupted, according to research out Wednesday highlighting the broader health impact of the crisis.

Hollywood artist tutors Arabic-speaking kids during pandemic

Los Angeles - It was during a phone conversation with her sister back in Qatar that the idea clicked for Hollywood animation artist Reem Ali Adeeb.

Italy plans for micro-nurseries, lessons in woods

Rome - Virus-hit Italy has closed its schools until September, but is drawing up plans to re-open nurseries and hold mini summer schools for children desperate to play after two months of lockdown.

Rare inflammatory syndrome seen in children with COVID-19

Washington - Children have largely been spared the worst of COVID-19, but there may be a rare complication -- an inflammatory syndrome that one doctor described as causing patients to feel like "every blood vessel in the body is on fire.

Covid, Corona and Lockdown: the newborns named after a pandemic

Manila - First there was Corona Kumar, then Covid Marie: parents have taken to naming newborns after the coronavirus, apparently unperturbed by the prospect of their children being forever associated with a deadly pandemic.

The Felix Organization launches 'Give This Way' to help children

The Felix Organization has announced "Give This Way", which will take place on May 1, a virtual variety show that benefits children in foster care.

UK raises alarm over virus-related syndrome in children

London - Britain's health minister said Tuesday he was "very worried" at signs of a coronavirus-related syndrome emerging in children but stressed it needed more research and remained very rare.

'We're going out!': Spanish kids reclaim streets after weeks indoors

Madrid - After six weeks stuck at home, Spain's children were allowed out Sunday to run, play or go for a walk as the government eased one of the world's toughest coronavirus lockdowns.

UN chief calls to protect children from COVID-19 consequences

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called Thursday on families and global leaders to "protect our children," who stand to suffer severe consequences of the pandemic even if they are at lower risk.

Sexual assault case in China sparks outrage

Bejing - A high-profile sexual assault investigation in China has prompted many to come forward online with similar experiences of abuse in a country where it remains tough to get justice for such crimes.

Cyprus COVID-19 outcry as dogs, not children allowed out

Nicosia - Pet dogs have more freedom than children under strict social distancing restrictions Cyprus has enforced to stem the coronavirus pandemic, a public sector trade union said on Monday.

Fears of domestic violence rise as millions confined over virus

Berlin - With families across Europe confined to their homes to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, fears are rising of a surge in domestic violence.

Yemen war's 'devastating impact' on child mental health: charity

Dubai - The long war in Yemen has had a "devastating impact" on the mental health of children, with more than half saying they feel sad and depressed, Save the Children said.

12-year-old bookworm launches favela library in Brazil

Rio De Janeiro - Lua has a hungry look on her face as she holds her new book on Nelson Mandela, one of thousands the precocious 12-year-old has amassed for her new library in a poor Brazilian favela."I don't read books.

Most parents are not confident protecting children online

A new survey from Startpage finds that parents of children aged between 5 and 16 in the U.S. demonstrates a gap in parents’ knowledge about how much the web is watching their children. The survey also captures parents' perceptions.

In tense talks, EU warns Erdogan to respect migrants deal

Apo - Stern-faced EU leaders warned President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday to respect the terms of a previous deal to keep migrants away from Europe's borders, after the Turkish leader came to Brussels to demand more support.
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Lonna Lisa Williams with her children Jessica and Jonathan in California  2010
Lonna Lisa Williams with her children Jessica and Jonathan in California, 2010
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Ulingan kids at play
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My children, a few years ago, in a California homeschool play. Jonathan is the center magi, and Jessica is the angel.
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President Barack Obama greets the children of U.S. embassy staff during a reception at the Chulalongkorn University Sports Center in Bangkok, Thailand
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Nearly 380k children in Yemen could not resume school this year due to the ongoing conflict.
Nearly 380k children in Yemen could not resume school this year due to the ongoing conflict.
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A photo of children in Abu Dhabi
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Palestinian and Israeli children not only suffer the direct physical consequences of violence, they are also being psychologically scarred by the high levels of violence they witness.
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2015. St. Jude Childcare Centre. Mumbai, India
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A Palestinian child hurtling stones at Israeli soldiers. Palestinian children are seeing extraordinary amounts of very disturbing violence in their daily lives. This exposure is deleterious and is associated with dramatic increases in post-traumatic stress symptoms and increases in aggressive behaviour directed at peers.
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During the war, children were evacuated from the cities into the countryside due to risk of bombing.
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Hala and Khalid, thought to be the youngest couple to be engaged on their own free will
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José Bretón, convicted of murdering his two children, Ruth and José, standing with a poster for his "lost" children.
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2015. St. Jude Childcare Centre. Mumbai, India
2015. St. Jude Childcare Centre. Mumbai  India
2015. St. Jude Childcare Centre. Mumbai, India
2015. St. Jude Childcare Centre. Mumbai  India
2015. St. Jude Childcare Centre. Mumbai, India
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School children in Fengdu, China
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2015. St. Jude Childcare Centre. Mumbai  India
2015. St. Jude Childcare Centre. Mumbai, India

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