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Dismembering the mafia, one child at a time

Cinquefrondi - Lucia urged her six-year old twins to move quickly but quietly as she bundled them into the car under cover of darkness.

Irish govt apologises for 'mother and baby homes' scandal

Dublin - Irish prime minister Micheal Martin on Wednesday formally apologised for the treatment of unmarried women and their babies in state and church-run homes, where thousands of children died over decades.

9,000 died in Irish homes for 'illegitimate' infants: report

Dublin - Some 9,000 children died in Ireland's "mother and baby homes", where unmarried mothers were routinely separated from their infant offspring, according to an official report published Tuesday.

Lives cut short: the American children lost to stray bullets

Washington - Carmelo Duncan was strapped into his car seat when he was hit by multiple stray bullets, becoming at just 15 months old one of the youngest shooting victims in the US this year -- and a symbol of powerlessness in the face of gun violence.

Boko Haram claims kidnapping of hundreds of Nigerian students

Kano - Boko Haram on Tuesday claimed it was behind the abduction of hundreds of students in northwestern Nigeria, in what appears to be a major expansion of the jihadist group's activities into new areas.

Covid-19 lockdowns drive spike in online child abuse

Brisbane - Out-of-school kids and adult predators spending more time at home and on the internet during the coronavirus pandemic is the "perfect storm" driving a spike in online child sex abuse around the world, activists and police say.

Sweden mother 'kept son locked up for decades'

Stockholm - A woman in Sweden suspected of holding her son captive inside their apartment for decades has been arrested, police said on Tuesday, with reports claiming the man was found undernourished with infected sores on his body and almost no teeth.

COVID-19 cases in children increases 28% in past two weeks

There were 144,145 new coronavirus cases among children 17 and under in the U.S. from Nov. 12 to 19, a record 28 percent increase over the previous week ending Nov. 12, which saw 112,000 new COVID-19 cases among children.

Ethiopia conflict puts 2.3 million children in need: UNICEF

Khartoum - The outbreak of conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region has left some 2.3 million children in urgent need of assistance and thousands more at risk in refugee camps, the UN children's agency said Friday.

Over one million children in U.S. tested positive for COVID-19

According to data from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children's Hospital Association, children under the age of 19 now make up at least 1 in 11 of all reported U.S. coronavirus cases.

Taking vitamin D during pregnancy is linked with higher child IQ

A new study has examined the levels of vitamin D in pregnant women and has correlated this with the intelligence of children born to the mothers (as measured by an IQ test). This suggests the role of vitamin D may be important.

Thai pineapple exporter drops case against British activist

Bangkok - A Thai pineapple company on Wednesday dropped a $9.6 million civil defamation case against a British human rights activist who had alleged abuse of migrant workers in the kingdom's fruit industry.

Child malnutrition surges in war-torn Yemen: UN

Sanaa - Malnutrition among young children has soared to the highest levels ever recorded in parts of war-torn Yemen, the UN said Tuesday, as coronavirus and shortfalls in aid funding worsen a humanitarian crisis.

Child hand sanitiser poisoning cases spike in Spain

Madrid - The number of children treated in Spain for accidental poisonings after ingesting hand sanitising gels has soared during the pandemic, the government said Wednesday, urging parents to keep the products out of reach.

QAnon sows panic with child trafficking misinformation

Paris - A surge in child trafficking misinformation pushed by QAnon conspiracy theorists is stirring public panic, generating violence and interfering with official efforts to protect minors, experts warn.

Mighty little global star: Netflix's Indian superhero toddler

Mumbai - It was a quest worthy of a superhero. Animator Rajiv Chilaka spent years flogging his pitch about a superhuman Indian child to Western executives, to no avail.

'Kid influencers' regulated under new French law

Paris - When kids become YouTube or Instagram sensations, should they be considered child workers? And who looks after their money? The French parliament has attempted to answer those questions with a new law passed on Tuesday.

Hopes fade for girl buried in Indian garbage dump

Ahmedabad - The search for a 12-year-old girl buried under a huge garbage heap in western India entered its fifth day Wednesday, with hopes fading fast of finding her alive.

Rescuers dig through Indian trash dump for 12-year-old 'rag picker'

Ahmedabad - Rescuers searched frantically Monday for a 12-year-old girl believed buried for two days under a vast garbage heap which collapsed while she was scavenging in western India.

Iraqi youth with development disorders suffer in, and after, Mosul lockdown

Mosul - When Mosul ended its Covid-19 lockdown last month, health specialists faced a disheartening reality: a deterioration among youth with developmental disorders and special needs in the northern Iraqi city.

Tracing the babies who died in France's camps for Algerian fighters

Perpignan - "It's here," says the employee, quietly, at the vast Perpignan cemetery in southern France.Standing in front of two small mounds of earth in the Muslim section -- graves six and eight, rows 22 and 25 -- Abessia Dargaid collapses in tears."So, so sorry!...

France to double paternity leave to almost a month

Paris - France is to double paternity leave to 28 days, President Emmanuel Macron's office announced Tuesday, a move bringing the country in line with progressive legislation elsewhere in Europe.

Pandemic threatens lives of millions of children: UN

Paris - Disruptions to health services due to the pandemic are putting millions of additional lives at risk worldwide, the United Nations said Wednesday, warning that Covid-19 could reverse decades of progress in reducing child mortality.

Mother suspected as five children found dead in German flat

Solingen - A mother is suspected of killing five of her children in Germany before attempting suicide by jumping in front of a train on Thursday, police said after the bodies were found in an apartment.

Virus despair forces girls across Asia into child marriage

New Delhi - Tens of thousands of girls across Asia are being forced into marriage by desperate families plunged into poverty because of the coronavirus pandemic, as campaigners warn years of progress tackling the practice is being undone.

Worldwide, 463 mn children can't access virtual schooling: UN

New York - Amid the Covid-19 pandemic and widespread school closures, at least one-third of students affected around the world lack access to virtual education, according to a UN study released Wednesday.

Childhood packed in a rucksack: young refugees at risk in the Balkans

Belgrade - A group of boys sit on a sunny patch of grass in a park in downtown Belgrade, but they are not here for a picnic.

Paris official who resigned over paedophile links also accused

Paris - A deputy mayor of Paris who resigned last month in the face of protests over his links to an author who made no secret of his paedophilia, has himself been accused of sexually abusing a minor in a New York Times report he has vehemently denied.

Rate of Covid-19 infections in U.S. children steadily increasing

The number and rate of coronavirus cases in children in the U.S. have been "steadily increasing" between March and July, according to new guidance released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

'I don't want to die': Blast traumatises Beirut children

Beirut - "I don't want to die." Those were the first words Hiba's six-year-old son screamed after the massive explosion at Beirut port sent shards of glass flying around their house.
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Most children with COVID-19 have mild symptoms or have no symptoms at all. However  some children ca...
Most children with COVID-19 have mild symptoms or have no symptoms at all. However, some children can get severely ill from COVID-19. They might require hospitalization, intensive care, or a ventilator to help them breathe. In rare cases, they might die.
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These children were in dress inspired by Nguni traditions.
Chibok school girls who escaped from the Boko Haram Islamists gather to receive informations from of...
Chibok school girls who escaped from the Boko Haram Islamists gather to receive informations from officials on May 5, 2014
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Children enjoy Nuit Blanche in Parkdale
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My children, a few years ago, in a California homeschool play. Jonathan is the center magi, and Jessica is the angel.
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Adelante School's Visit to San Jose Museum of Art on Dec. 11, 2013.
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Children collecting firewood in an area of the DRC.
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Burundian refugee children at Mahama
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In response to the growing rate of obesity, schools like St. Andrew's College are taking a more proactive approach to diet, nutrition, and physical exercise.
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A protest in Gaza. Palestinian children in particular are seeing extraordinary amounts of very disturbing violence in their daily lives, and the more they are exposed to violence, the more anxiety they experience and the more aggressively they behave.
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Mothers of the missing Chibok school girls abducted by Boko Haram Islamists gather to receive informations from officials on May 5, 2014
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Girl studies in darkness in Gaza.
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French schoolchildren during a visit to England
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Filipino children from the barangay line up single file and wait to be sprayed with water from a fire engine during Exercise Balikatan April 24, 2012, outside the camp at Crow Valley, Philippines.
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Children at an orphanage in Man, Côte d'Ivoire.
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Children in Fukushima, Japan have abnormally large thyroid growths.
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Children are starting at a young age to develop their Internet skills.
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St. Jude Childcare Centre. Kolkata, India.

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