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1-in-3 young children undernourished or overweight: UNICEF

Paris - A third of the world's nearly 700 million children under five years old are undernourished or overweight and face lifelong health problems as a consequence, according to a grim UN assessment of childhood nutrition released Tuesday.

Tens of thousands protest French IVF law for single women, lesbians

Paris - Tens of thousands gathered in Paris on Sunday to protest the government's plan to let single women and lesbians become pregnant with fertility treatments, the country's first major social reform since France legalised gay marriage in 2013.

French to protest pro-IVF law for single women, lesbians

Paris - Thousands of people prepared to descend on Paris on Sunday to protest a government plan to let single women and lesbians become pregnant with fertility treatments, the first major social reform since France legalised gay marriage in 2013.

Scotland vote to ban smacking children

London - Scottish lawmakers voted Thursday to ban parents and carers from smacking children.Lawmakers in the Scottish Parliament voted by 84 to 29 to introduce a law that will make it a criminal offence for parents to use physical punishment against a child.

'House of torture' puts focus on Nigeria Islamic schools

Kano - Horrific revelations of torture and abuse at a compound billing itself as a Koranic reform school in northern Nigeria have shone a spotlight on Islamic institutes unregulated by the authorities.

In Syria camp, uncertain future for foreign IS orphans

Ak - Sitting in a wheelchair beside a metal fence in a camp in northern Syria, nine-year-old Ruqaya Mohammad raises a scarf over her face to hide from journalists.

Judge blocks Trump's bid to detain migrant kids indefinitely

Los Angeles - A federal judge in California on Friday blocked a bid by the Trump administration that would have allowed for undocumented migrant children to be detained indefinitely.

Hundreds of 'abused' captives freed from Nigeria Islamic school

Kaduna - Police in the northern Nigerian city of Kaduna have rescued more than 300 male students being held at an Islamic school where many had been tortured and sexually abused, a police spokesman said Friday.

From the mouths of babes: bottles that weaned prehistoric infants

Apo - Archaeologists have uncovered the first evidence that our prehistoric ancestors in Europe weaned their infants much the way we do now, using specialised baby bottles to feed them animal milk.

French bill extending IVF to lesbian couples set for rough ride in parliament

Paris - The French parliament was Tuesday to start debating a new draft law extending fertility treatment to lesbian and single women, with the bill facing a tough journey through the legislature in the face of bitter opposition from conservatives.

After protests, Greta Thunberg and others file UN complaint

New York - After global street protests demanding action on climate change, Greta Thunberg and 15 other young activists on Monday filed a complaint at the UN against five countries for not doing enough to ward off global warming.

Macron moves to extend IVF to lesbians, single women

Paris - Six years after a same-sex marriage law that triggered months of mass protests, French President Emmanuel Macron risks roiling French conservatives again with plans to allow single women and lesbian couples to access fertility treatment.

Greta Thunberg hopes climate strikes will be 'social tipping point'

New York - Teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg told AFP that she hoped Friday's massive worldwide climate strikes would mark a turning point in persuading leaders to take decisive action on global warming.

From the streets to the summit: young climate leaders mobilize at UN

New York - A day after youth-led global climate strikes, several hundred young activists including Greta Thunberg gathered for a climate summit at the United Nations on Saturday, chiding older generations for doing too little to curb carbon emissions.

Children in Australia, Pacific launch global climate strike

Sydney - Children in Australia and the Pacific Islands kicked off a millions-strong global climate strike Friday -- heeding the rallying cry of teen activist Greta Thunberg and demanding adults take action to stave off environmental disaster.

Review: Laurie Berkner gives young fans a math lesson with 'A Dollar' Special

On September 6, children music superstar Laurie Berkner released her new song "A Dollar," via Two Tomatoes Records, which is sheer bliss.

US woman accused of trafficking 'baby in bag' at Manila airport

Manila - Philippine authorities have charged an American woman with trying to smuggle a six-day-old infant out of the country in a bag she wore around her waist as she tried to board a flight out of the country.

Left behind: Venezuela's kids growing up without parents

Caracas - Christmas may still be a long way off, but Frankeiber Hernandez can barely wait for his parents to return from Peru in December. They are among 3.6 million migrants who have fled Venezuela's economic meltdown since 2016, according to the UN.

More child arsenic cases found in former French mining town

Toulouse - French authorities said Wednesday that 10 more children living near what used to be the world's biggest arsenic mine have tested above recommended levels for the toxic element, stoking parents' fears that waste from the site is leaking into soil and gr...

Prosecutors probe German teens 'enslaved' in Romania

Bucharest - Romanian authorities searched eight houses on Tuesday as part of a probe into a group suspected of mistreating German children under the umbrella of a social "re-education" programme, prosecutors said.

'Miracle' Rohingya baby turns two on crackdown anniversary

Cox's Bazar - Heavily pregnant Rohingya mother Rashida Khatun fled her home in a remote village in Myanmar's Rakhine state two years ago, bone-tired but desperate to find a safe place to give birth.

France opens Epstein-linked rape, abuse probe

Paris - French prosecutors said Friday they had opened an inquiry into the suspected rape and sexual abuse of minors linked to the scandal surrounding disgraced US multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein.

Family of Palestinian boy wounded in head wants answers from Israel

Ramat Gan - The nine-year-old Palestinian boy lies in a hospital bed without speaking, his wounded head wrapped in bandages, and his father says he wants answers from Israel over how it happened."He wasn't in protests or anything. What was his fault?

US to allow indefinite detention of migrant children: DHS

Washington - President Donald Trump's administration announced Wednesday that it would remove tough legal limits on how long migrant children can be detained as part of its broader crackdown on undocumented immigrants.

When school's not safe: Afghan war takes toll on kids

Kabul - Sixteen-year-old Madina still has nightmares about the day two huge blasts tore through her school in Kabul, showering shards of broken window glass on her and other students. She survived, with lacerations to her arms and legs.

When school's not safe: Afghan war takes toll on kids

Kabul - Sixteen-year-old Madina still has nightmares about the day two huge blasts tore through her school in Kabul, showering shards of broken window glass on her and other students. She survived, with lacerations to her arms and legs.

Israel deports Filipina worker, Israeli-born son

Jerusalem - Israel has deported a Filipina migrant worker and her Israeli-born teenage son who has never set foot in the Philippines, after 11th hour legal appeals failed, a rights group and authorities said Tuesday.

Separated Bangladeshi twins stable: doctors

Dhaka - Conjoined Bangladeshi twins who were separated last week are in a stable condition, the team of Hungarian and Bangladeshi doctors who carried out the marathon operation said Saturday.

Born in Israel, hundreds of Filipino children risk expulsion

Apo - In the heat of the summer, Sivan Noel and her sister Michal say they rarely venture outside of their family's small, basement apartment in Tel Aviv.

US border crossings plunge but immigration raids draw fire

Miami - The Trump administration hailed a large drop in migrant border crossings Thursday but found itself under attack over a massive sweep of long-resident undocumented immigrants working in several Mississippi slaughterhouses.
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A village girl from Banbassa, India, washes in a near-dry riverbed.
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A group of children of foreign workers that could be deported from Israel by a decision of the Israeli governament. People took the streets of Tel Aviv to protest against this possibility. Photo: Alessandro Di Maio
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The moment that the court found José Bretón guilty of the murder of his two children.
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Children in a line, waiting for a chance to meet Father Christmas and request a special gift.
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Nearly 380k children in Yemen could not resume school this year due to the ongoing conflict.
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Kenya's Naivasha township: Children continued to smile throughout the ordeal.
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St. Jude Childcare Centre. Kolkata, India.
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People protesting in the streets of Tel Aviv against the decision to deport 400 children of foreign workers. Photo: Alessandro Di Maio
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2015. St. Jude Childcare Centre. Mumbai, India
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Ulingan kids at play
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Children being housed at detention centers at border.
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