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French woman who left baby to drown gets 20 years in jail

Lille - A woman who claimed that witchcraft caused her to leave her baby to drown on a beach in northern France was on Friday sentenced to 20 years in jail.

Poignant video shows French woman with baby she left to drown

Lille - A hushed French courtroom on Wednesday viewed a video showing a defendant cuddling the 15-month-old girl she left to drown on a beach, in a murder she has blamed on witchcraft.

Police child-killing outrages Brazil

S - Chased by police, Italo Ferreira stepped on the gas in the stolen car until they stopped him with a bullet to the head. He was 10 years old.

French woman says killing baby like 'going shopping'

Lille - A French woman who left her baby to drown on a beach gave a chilling account of the murder Tuesday, telling a court it was as perfunctory as "going shopping".

French woman who left baby to drown blames 'witchcraft'

Lille - A French woman who left her baby daughter to drown on a beach said Monday she had no other explanation but "witchcraft".Fabienne Kabou, 39, went on trial for the murder of 15-month-old Adelaide which shocked the country in November 2013.

Bacha bazi: Afghan subculture of child sex slaves

Tarin Kowt - The Taliban are accused of using child sex slaves to attack police in southern Afghanistan, exploiting the cultural practice of "bacha bazi" -- paedophilic boy play -- for military gain.

Back in the USSR? Ukraine rebels aim to 'bring up patriots'

Donetsk - In camouflage uniforms and red caps, a group of young people gather in the Ukrainian rebels' de facto capital of Donetsk to sing patriotic songs and discuss the conflict.

Rape, abuse stalk migrant children in French slums, UN warns

Lille - Migrant children stuck in slums on France's northern coast face a "permanent danger" of sexual abuse or exploitation, the UN Children's Fund has warned, urging the creation of protected areas for minors.

Unaccompanied child migrant numbers double in Europe: UN

Geneva - The number of unaccompanied children making the notoriously dangerous Mediterranean crossing aboard unseaworthy boats has more than doubled this year, the UN children's agency said in a new report Tuesday.

Pope appeals for end to 'slavery' of child labour

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Sunday appealed to the international community to redouble efforts to end the "modern slavery" of child labour.The pontiff was speaking on World Day Against Child Labour, sanctioned by the International Labour Organization.

UN slams Saudis for 'undue pressure' over child rights blacklist

New York - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday criticized Saudi Arabia and its allies for resorting to "undue pressure" to remove the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen from a UN blacklist by threatening to cut off funding.

French police quiz cardinal over alleged abuse cover-up

Lyon - One of France's most powerful Catholic leaders, Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, was questioned by police on Wednesday over allegations he covered up the sexual abuse of Scouts, his lawyer said.

UN removes Saudi-led coalition from child rights blacklist

New York - The United Nations has removed the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen from a blacklist of child rights violators after Riyadh angrily protested the decision.

UK paedophile Huckle gets 22 life sentences for Malaysia abuse

London - A British paedophile who preyed on Christian children in an impoverished part of Kuala Lumpur was sentenced on Monday to life with a minimum term of 25 years.

Turkish man 'gets 108 years for refugee sex assaults'

Istanbul - A court in Turkey has sentenced a Turkish man to 108 years in jail for sexually assaulting at least eight Syrian children at a flagship refugee camp, reports said on Saturday.The man, 29, named as Erdal E.

Bishops face sack for child abuse 'negligence': pope

Vatican City - Catholic bishops guilty of negligence in child abuse cases can now be dismissed from office, Pope Francis said Saturday in a move hiking pressure on the Church's hierarchy.

Serial UK paedophile faces life in jail for Malaysia abuse

London - A British serial paedophile who preyed on impoverished children in a Kuala Lumpur slum and bragged about the abuse online faces life in jail on Friday when he is expected to be sentenced.

At least 20,000 children trapped in Iraq's Fallujah: UN

Baghdad - At least 20,000 children are trapped in jihadist bastion Fallujah under siege by Iraqi forces and face shortages and forced recruitment as fighters, the UN Children's Fund said on Wednesday.

200 captive women, girls freed from Colombia sex ring

Estanzuela - Police in Bogota on Saturday rescued some 200 young women and girls who were being held against their will and sexually exploited, city officials said.

Pope mourns nameless drowned girl, shipwreck orphans

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Saturday clutched the life-jacket of a drowned girl as he met with children whose parents died during deadly boat crossings, at the end of a week of major tragedies in the Mediterranean.

Green hopes as Australia legalises medical cannabis

Nimbin - Jai Whitelaw was 10 when he first took medical cannabis, given to him by his mother in a bid to treat the debilitating epilepsy that saw him endure up to 500 seizures a day.

Gordon Brown launches education fund for child refugees

New York - Britain's former prime minister Gordon Brown on Monday launched a new global fund to help 30 million refugee children stay in school.The "Education Cannot Wait Fund" will seek to raise $3.

Colombia's FARC agrees to remove child soldiers from ranks

Havana - Colombia's Marxist FARC rebel group agreed to remove child soldiers from its ranks as part of the peace deal it is close to signing with the government.

Review: Author Patricia Lea Olson inspires children with 'Zena's Dream'

Dreaming is a huge part of life, especially as a child. You're at a time in your life when you can dream all you want, and your responsibilities are minimal.

Mexico convicts 10 officials in deadly day care fire

- Mexico convicted and sentenced 10 government officials to prison for up to 29 years over a 2009 day care fire that killed 49 children, court sources said Saturday.

Using tip-offs, stealth Cambodia's paedophile hunters go to work

Siem Reap - Using tip-offs, stakeouts and stealth, civilian investigators are playing a crucial role in helping Cambodian police track down foreign paedophiles, as they battle to spread the message that the impoverished nation will no longer be a playground for ab...

Global child sex tourism rising, thwarting efforts to fight it

Bangkok - The sexual abuse of children by tourists and travellers is a growing scourge around the globe that has largely managed to outwit attempts to curb it in the last two decades, a major study warned Thursday.

Alone and at risk: Sierra Leone's baby-faced mothers

Freetown - Dizzy and sweating, 15-year-old Isatu Koroma sits with her eyes closed in the maternity ward in Sierra Leone where she has spent the last 10 days, as her tiny little daughter begins to cry.

Number of children poisoned by E-cigarettes has skyrocketed

The number of children under the age of six poisoned by the nicotine found in E-cigarettes soared an astounding 1,500 percent between 2013 and 2015, according to data collected from the National Poison Data System.

Italy's gay civil unions bill enters final debate

Rome - Italian lawmakers on Monday began a final debate on a contentious gay civil unions bill which Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has pledged to push through this week with a confidence vote.
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