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Philly Courthouse stops controversial strip-search of children

Philadelphia - Philadelphia's brand-new Family Court made its debut last Monday with a less than pleasant policy that forced juvenile detainees to be strip-searched prior to attending court hearings. Fortunately, by Tuesday the policy was history.

Philippines probes 'prison'-like children's centre

Manila - Top Philippines officials said Monday they had launched investigations into a Manila children's centre overseen by a former president, after months of complaints about the "prison"-like conditions.

Captain of sunken South Korean ferry gets 36-year sentence

Gwangju - Gasps and screams filled a Gwangju courtroom Tuesday after the captain of a passenger ferry that killed more than 300 -- mostly high school students -- when it sank off South Korea last year was sentenced to 36 years in prison for negligence.

New clues about kid's disease enterovirus D68

Scientists have mapped that genome of enterovirus D68, taken from patients treated at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. The virus is currently causing a series of infections in the U.S., causing severe respiratory illness in children.

Why do children eat candy in between meals?

Brisbane - The answer to this question could simply be because sweets are simply tasty; however the answer is more complicated than that. It comes down, apparently, to pressures from society and the attitudes of parents.

UN watchdog praises Uzbekistan for tentative progress on child labour

Tashkent - An expert with the International Labour Organisation praised major cotton exporter Uzbekistan for making tentative progress in moving to eliminate the worst forms of child labour.

Economic crisis pulls 2.6 mn children below poverty line: UNICEF

Geneva - At least 2.6 million children have fallen below the poverty line in the world's richest nations since the economic crisis struck in 2008, UNICEF said in a hard-hitting report Tuesday.

Australian convicted in child sex sting using virtual girl

Sydney - An Australian man caught in a global sting which used a virtual girl to trap child sex predators has become the first person convicted from the operation, the child rights group behind it said Wednesday.

Antibiotics linked to childhood obesity

A new study suggests that taking multiple courses of common antibiotics before the age of two may increase a child’s risk of obesity in later life.

Argentine relishes reunion with lost 'Dirty War' grandson

Buenos Aires - At age 83, Estela de Carlotto is enjoying what she calls a miracle. The grandson she lost decades ago in Argentina's "Dirty War" is suddenly back in her life.

School bombing kills 41 children in Syria: monitor

Homs - At least 41 Syrian children aged under 12 were killed Wednesday in a double bombing by a lone assailant at a school in the government-controlled city of Homs, a monitor said.

Music training shapes the brains of children

Los Angeles - Musical training helps to shape the developing brain of children. Studies showed that after two years in a music enrichment program children displayed enhanced sophisticated brain responses to spoken syllables.

Thousands of Ebola orphans shunned by relatives: UNICEF

Dakar - Thousands of children who have lost parents to the west African Ebola epidemic risk are being shunned by frightened and suspicious relatives, the UN children's fund said on Tuesday.

Pope sacks Paraguay bishop who promoted alleged paedophile priest

- Pope Francis on Thursday sacked a Paraguayan bishop accused of protecting and promoting a priest described by his former church superiors in the United States as "a serious threat to young people".

Man kills six grandchildren in US shooting

Miami - A man killed his daughter and six grandchildren, the youngest just three months old, in a mass shooting at a house in the US state of Florida.

Enterovirus spreading among U.S. children

A previously rare respiratory virus is landing hundreds of children in hospitals across the U.S. Worryingly, it is unknown why the virus seems to only cause severe illness in children.

Pakistan arrests Malala's attackers

Islamabad - The Taliban gunmen who tried to kill Pakistani schoolgirl campaigner Malala Yousafzai in the country's restive northwest two years ago have been arrested, the army said on Friday.

Life in shadow of bombs for Mariupol children

Mariupol - "I'm brave, I'm not afraid," shouted six-year-old Sasha as he leapt across the roofs of makeshift garages not far from the tanks and concrete barricades set up to defend the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol from a feared rebel assault.

Antibiotics administered early in life can affect immunity

Different antibiotics, taken early in life, can adversely affect the bacteria that play a positive role in promoting a healthy immune system, according to a new study.

Niger court backs arrest of parliament head in baby probe

Niamey - The top court in Niger has given the green light for the arrest of the country's parliamentary leader, who is accused of involvement in an international baby-trafficking network, it was announced.

One in 10 girls sexually abused worldwide: UN

Washington - Around 120 million girls around the world, close to one in 10, have been raped or sexually assaulted by the time they turn 20, a new UN report has found.

'Beware of gangs' pope tells Salvadoran youth

Soyapango - Pope Francis on Thursday warned adolescents in El Salvador to "beware of gangs" during a videoconference with youth in the violence-wracked country.

With rebels at the door, Ukrainian children start school

Volnovakha - "What are the first words of the Ukrainian anthem?" teacher Yulia Likhoshva asks her students. It is Monday, the first day back at school for children across the country, and Likhoshva is kicking things off with a patriotic lesson on "United Ukraine.

Knifeman kills 3 children in China school attack: Media

Shiyan - A knifeman stabbed three children to death and wounded five more plus a teacher in a rampage at a Chinese primary school on Monday, reports said, in the country's latest attack against youngsters.

Several foods contain bacteria risk to unborn children

Culiac - A survey has found that around 10 percent of the fresh cheese, sausages and meats sold in markets and on the street may be contaminated with types of bacteria that can pose a risk to unborn children.

Inquiry reveals 1,400 children abused in British town

London - An inquiry has revealed that some 1,400 minors were sexually abused in the British town of Rotherham over a 16-year period and blamed local authorities for failing to act.

Philippine police close-down another online 'sextortion' ring

On Friday, Philippine police arrested eight people suspected of running an online sexual extortion racket involving children and preying on Asians. Laptops and other equipment were seized.

Thailand vows 'leniency' in surrogacy cases

Bangkok - Thailand's junta has pledged leniency in the cases of babies born to surrogate mothers, as it looks to toughen rules in the lucrative but largely unregulated industry following a series of scandals.

NFL team helps Ferguson students, provide needed distraction

Saint Louis - The shooting death of Michael Brown and subsequent violent protests has prompted one NFL football team to reach out to area youth, offering them not only a safe place to practice football, but an experience none of those involved will soon forget.

Amish girls abducted with intent to 'victimize'

New York - A US couple arrested and charged with kidnapping two Amish sisters intended to "victimize" the girls after snatching them from their roadside produce stand, authorities said Saturday.
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