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Pope removes scandal-hit cardinals from inner circle

Vatican City - Pope Francis has removed two prominent cardinals from his inner circle months after they were tainted by paedophile scandals and ahead of a Church-wide meeting on the "protection of minors" next year.

Croatian activists to challenge law barring gay couples from fostering children

Zagreb - Croatian gay rights groups on Tuesday slammed a new law that blocks same sex couples from becoming foster parents and vowed to fight it in the country's top court.

Thousands of Myanmar women forced into marriage in China: study

Bangkok - Thousands of vulnerable women and girls from northern Myanmar are being trafficked to China and forced to marry, a study said Friday, offering a rare look at an issue that grips the conflict-hit borderlands.

Child marriage costs countries billions in lost earnings: World Bank

Accra - Respect Ruvimbo Topodzi was 15 and walking home from school in her native Zimbabwe when a 22-year-old man asked her out. She turned him down but it was too late.Her father saw them and assumed they were already together.

UN, doctors hammer Australia over refugee camps

Sydney - Australia's under-pressure government received a double blow Monday from the United Nations and a leading doctors' group over harsh treatment of refugees on off-shore island camps.

Santas rally for charity in Italy

Turin - Thousands of Father Christmases gathered in Turin on Sunday at a rally to raise money for a children's hospital, with many arriving by scooter or bicycle rather than reindeer-pulled sled.

France moves closer to ban on smacking children

Paris - The French National Assembly voted Friday in favour of a largely symbolic ban on parents smacking their children, a practice which though condemned by the UN still enjoys widespread support in the country.

Winter risks 'dire' for 1 mln children in MENA region: UNICEF

Apo - The UN children's fund warned Tuesday that a funding gap and the start of winter could leave nearly one million children "out in the cold" in the Middle East and North Africa.

Mother who hid baby in filthy car boot jailed in France

Tulle - A French court on Friday sentenced a woman who kept her baby hidden in the maggot-infested boot of her car to two years in jail for negligence causing mental disability.

Baby snatched by monkey dies in Taj Mahal city

New Delhi - A baby died after a monkey snatched it from its mother's arms, Indian police investigating the incident in the city of Agra, home to the Taj Mahal, said on Thursday.

'Loving mother' on trial in France for hiding baby in car trunk

Tulle - Relatives of a woman who hid her baby in the maggot-invested trunk of a car insisted Wednesday that they had no idea of her secret, at a trial that has drawn horror in France.

Pneumonia to kill nearly 11 mn children by 2030, study warns

Paris - Pneumonia will kill nearly 11 million children under five by 2030, experts warned Monday on a global day aimed at raising awareness of the biggest infectious killer of infants worldwide.

ILO postpones decision on cutting ties to tobacco industry again

Geneva - The UN labour organisation indicated Thursday it would not renew controversial funding from tobacco companies for expiring charitable programmes, but refrained from saying it would cut ties to the tobacco industry altogether.

French jihadist mothers in Syria face terrible choice

Paris - For dozens of French women detained in Syria, an impossible choice looms: keeping their children in a war zone, or sending them home knowing they might never see each other again.

France launches nationwide probe into baby arm deformations

Paris - France has launched a nationwide probe into incidents of babies being born with either missing or malformed arms after abnormal rates of deformations were detected in several regions of the country, a top public health official said Wednesday.

Jordan floods kill 20, mostly schoolkids, in 'Dead Sea tragedy'

Apo - At least 20 people, most of them schoolchildren, were killed in flash floods in Jordan, the emergency services said Friday, in what a government newspaper dubbed a "Tragedy at the Dead Sea".

Jordan flood death toll rises to 20, most of them school pupils

Apo - At least 20 people, most of them school pupils, have been killed in flash floods in Jordan, the emergency services said Friday in an updated toll.

Father of two jailed in France for feeding them on Coca-Cola

Limoges - The father of two boys, aged three and four, has been jailed in France for feeding them nearly exclusively on Coca-Cola, the children's lawyer said.

France seeks to bring home jihadists' kids from Syria

Paris - France is seeking to repatriate some of the 150 children of French jihadists identified as being in Syria, as Western nations grapple with how to handle citizens who left to join extremists.

Foreign parents fight in vain for custody in Japan

Apo - Emmanuel, Stephane, Henrik and James come from very different backgrounds, but they share the same painful experience of battling Japan's legal system -- in vain -- for access to their children after divorce.

20 Britons jailed for sexually abusing young girls

London - British prosecutors revealed Friday that 20 men had been jailed for raping and sexually abusing more than a dozen girls aged as young as 11 in one town between 2004 and 2011.

Pioneering school in Cairo struggles to fund pupils

Apo - Among the poorest of Egypt's poor, the so-called "zabbaleen" who scavenge through garbage to eke out a living in a Cairo slum struggle to keep their children in school.

Nine minors dead in Crimea school shooting, youngest 15

Kerch - A 15-year-old boy was the youngest to die when a teenage gunman attacked his college in the Crimean city of Kerch, while at least nine of the dead were minors, authorities said.

UN warns of worsening hunger crisis in Yemen

Geneva - Some 12 million Yemenis could soon be on the brink of famine if the security and economic situation in the war-ravaged country does not improve, the UN warned Tuesday.

War drills on the school curriculum in eastern Ukraine

Sartana - Huddled in a basement, dozens of children cover their heads with their hands, practising what to do if their school comes under attack in eastern Ukraine's war.

First kids' TV show about sexual harassment being made: Italian broadcaster

Cannes - The world's first children's television series about sexual harassment will be screened next year, its Italian makers told AFP Saturday.

My child exists: Breaking the silence over infant loss

Madrid - Every year, 2.6 million children around the world die in the womb or shortly after birth but parents say their grief is all too often avoided as a taboo subject.

Belgian bishop calls for married men in priesthood

Vatican City - A Belgian bishop called Wednesday for married men to be allowed into the priesthood, a hot-button topic within the Roman Catholic church as it grapples with falling priest numbers and sexual abuse scandals.

Child's breathing can be misdiagnosed as ADHD

Two medical issues relating to children - mouth breathing and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) - might not appear to have anything in common. However, confusing symptoms can lead to misdiagnosis.

Poland sees first anti-paedophilia rally against Catholic Church

Warsaw - Some 200 people took to the streets of Warsaw on Sunday to protest child sex abuse in the Catholic Church, in the first major such rally in staunchly Catholic Poland.
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