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Large national variations in breastfeeding rates

London - New figures, published by the medical journal The Lancet, show considerable variation between countries in terms of breastfeeding. The U.K. comes out very low.

Pakistan police arrest six over child wedding

Multan - Police have arrested six people accused of arranging the marriage of a seven-year-old boy and six-year-old girl in eastern Pakistan, officials said Saturday.

Hop on down, Miffy the rabbit gets her own museum

Utrecht - To some she's just a plain white bunny, to others she's a prime example of minimalist art. But for six decades Miffy has been delighting young kids around the world, and now she's getting a museum of her own.

200 million girls and women living with FGM: UNICEF

New York - At least 200 million girls and women worldwide have been subjected to female genital mutilation with half of those living in Egypt, Ethiopia and Indonesia, according to the UN children's agency.

Under fire for smacking, UN tells France to ban corporal punishment

Ginebra - France, which has come under fire for not fully banning smacking, must "explicitly prohibit" all forms of corporal punishment of children, a UN report said Thursday, criticising its treament of Roma and asylum-seeking minors.

Australia churches to offer sanctuary to asylum-seekers

Sydney - Australian church leaders Thursday said they would offer sanctuary to asylum-seekers facing removal to a remote Pacific camp, vowing to defy the government's harsh immigration rules.

No boost seen from giving antibiotics to starving kids

Miami - Children who suffer from severe malnutrition are routinely given antibiotics as part of their medical treatment, but a study Wednesday found the practice offered no boost to their nutritional recovery.

A third of migrants sailing to Greece are children: UNICEF

Ginebra - Children now make up over a third of the migrants making the perilous sea crossing from Turkey to Greece, the UN said, as two more babies drowned off Europe's shores.

No charges over girl dying after 'choking on Kinder Surprise toy'

Toulouse - French prosecutors say no criminal charges will be brought against Italian confectionery giant Ferrero over allegations a three-year-old girl died after choking on a toy from a Kinder Surprise chocolate egg.

Over 10,000 migrant children missing: Europol

Den Haag - Over 10,000 unaccompanied migrant children have disappeared in Europe, the EU police agency Europol said Sunday, fearing many have been whisked into sex trafficking rings or the slave trade.

Microcephaly: What is happening to the babies?

Paris - Pregnant women are being urged to think twice before travelling to Latin American and Caribbean countries battling a rise in cases of microcephaly -- a rare but brutal condition that shrinks the brains of unborn babies.

French surrogate mother on trial for defrauding two gay couples

Blois - A French court is trying a woman on charges of defrauding two gay couples who hired her as a surrogate mother, which is illegal in France.

Spanish bullfighter creates stir by bringing baby into ring

Madrid - The photo of a famous Spanish bullfighter training in the ring while holding his baby daughter created a stir on Tuesday, sparking an official complaint by a child protection agency.

Obama bans solitary confinement for juveniles

Washington - President Barack Obama on Monday announced a ban on solitary confinement for juveniles in federal prisons, citing the "heartbreaking" case of a teenager who spent two years in solitary after stealing a backpack and later killed himself.

Charities warn of 'desperate' plight of refugees in snow

Belgrade - Leading children's charities warned Tuesday that young refugees are at serious risk from the bitterly cold Balkan weather, as figures showed 31,000 migrants have arrived in Greece already this year.

Pakistani child sex abuse victims struggle to rebuild lives

- "I don't regret speaking out, but since then, people have looked at me with strange eyes," laments 16-year-old village boy Irfan.

Nanny nightmare: Chinese pair in French court over grisly murders

Paris - It started with a nannying job and ended with the parents chopped up in the bathtub: a Chinese couple go on trial in France Tuesday for a double murder worthy of a film plot.

1,500 pedophiles busted by FBI hacking the Dark Web

In perhaps the largest pedophile sting in history, the FBI hacked the Dark Web server to infiltrate and investigate 1,500 pedophiles using the secret website named the Playpen.

Exercising early changes gut microbes for the better

A new study has found how exercising while younger alters the types of gut microbes so that the composition is different than a person who takes up exercise later in life. These changes to the gut microbiome are beneficial.

China officially ends one child policy: state media

Bejing - China officially ended its one child policy on Sunday with the signing into law of a bill allowing all married couples to have a second child as it attempts to cope with an ageing population and shrinking workforce.

StoryCorps lets Americans share snippets from their lives

- "How have I impacted your life?" asks Niya, an American high schooler. "I loved you from day one," answers the warm voice of her grandmother.

IS shelling 'kills nine students at Syria school'

Damascus - Islamic State group jihadists killed nine Syrian students when they shelled a school in the eastern city of Deir Ezzor on Tuesday, state news agency SANA reported.

Bosnia identifies three young sisters from 1992 massacre

Sarajevo - The Roma girls were aged just 3, 5 and 7 when Serb paramilitaries gunned them down in wartime Bosnia, along with their pregnant mother, their father and four other young siblings.

4,000 'slave' child workers removed from cocoa plantations

Abidjan - Some 4,000 child victims of "slavery and exploitation" were removed from cocoa plantations in Ivory Coast between 2012 and 2014, authorities fighting child labour in the world's top cocoa producer have said.

Dutch schoolkids get scary taste of refugee life

Den Haag - A hastily abandoned suitcase, an overturned wine glass and a radio blaring a warning "to leave now". A unique museum is giving Dutch schoolkids a scarily real glimpse of life as a refugee.

China signs law easing 'hukuo' social registration system

Bejing - China will loosen some restrictions on the free movement of workers within the country, long stymied by registration papers that limit access to critical social services, state media reported Saturday, although the new rules may leave many out in the c...

Four decades on, victims of Argentine 'Dirty War' reunite

Buenos Aires - Mario Bravo and the mother he never knew, from whom he was snatched at birth in a jail by Argentina's military, hugged, laughed and wept on Tuesday, together at last."We cried a lot.

'Child brides' suffer, but African Union seeks to end custom

Maxixe - Lucia Felix, a 15-year-old Mozambican girl, dreams of returning to her village school but instead she must prepare for motherhood after she was chosen for an arranged marriage and became pregnant.

Baby boy found abandoned in New York nativity manger: Report

New York - A baby boy was found abandoned in a Christmas nativity scene in a New York church, local media reported Tuesday.A custodian found the infant inside a manger at Holy Child Jesus Church in the borough of Queens, the New York Times said.

Dutch, Australian police bust huge child porn ring: Report

Den Haag - Dutch and Australian police with help from the FBI have cracked down on one of the world's largest child pornography websites arresting hundreds of suspects, a Dutch newspaper reported Wednesday.
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