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Beaten and burnt: Myanmar's invisible child servants

Tamwe - San Kay Khine stares at her burnt, scarred hands, her twisted fingers a reminder of her years as a child slave in Myanmar, one of thousands of young domestic workers feared to be at risk of exploitation and abuse.

Starving to death: Boko Haram's food crisis in Nigeria

Maiduguri - Doctors crowded around Abdullahi. One squeezed a drip and another prepared a plastic syringe. The young boy didn't move. Only the shallow rise and fall of his chest indicated he was still alive.

Family found dismembered in Spain were Brazilian

Madrid - Spanish police on Monday identified as Brazilian a couple and their two young sons found hacked to pieces in a house near Madrid, in a suspected revenge killing.

Giving antibiotics to children increases allergy risk

Prescribing antibiotics to children may raise the risk of children going on to develop allergies in later life, a new study suggests.

Four dismembered bodies found in house near Madrid

Madrid - The bodies of two adults and two children were discovered, hacked into pieces in a house outside Madrid on Sunday, police and the local mayor told AFP.

Besieged Syrian kids play with swings made of rockets

Duma - Syrian children love playgrounds like kids all over the world but in rebel-held towns near Damascus swing sets are made of spent rockets and jungle gyms are tucked underground.

First mercy killing of minor in Belgium: report

Brussels - A terminally ill 17-year-old has become the first minor to be euthanised in Belgium since age restrictions on such mercy killings in the country were lifted in 2014, it was learned Saturday.

Fewer than half of world's refugee children in school: UN

Geneva - Fewer than half of the world's some six million refugee children are in school, making them five times less likely to get an education than the global average, the UN warned Thursday.A full 3.

Malala urges world leaders to act for refugee children

New York - Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai on Monday urged world leaders gathered for the first-ever UN summit on refugees to not waste time with a "pageantry of sympathy" and act to guarantee schooling for refugee children.

Greece must improve shelter for migrant children: EU

Atenas - Greece must find shelter for 1,500 unaccompanied migrant children, many of whom are held in squalid conditions according to rights groups, a top EU official said Monday.

In peace step, children leave rebel camps in Colombia

Estanzuela - Eight youths left FARC rebel camps in Colombia on Saturday, as the insurgents began relocating children and teenagers as part of a historic peace agreement, the Red Cross said Saturday.

Rise in sugar consumption by children

London - The amount of sugar consumed by children aged four to 10 years in the U.K. is rising steadily, to the level where it is now double the government's recommended total quantity per year.

Sweden to begin age tests for unaccompanied child refugees

Stockholm - Sweden will next year begin medical testing to determine the age of unaccompanied child refugees, officials said Friday over fears adults are trying to pass themselves off as minors to up their chances of getting asylum.

Madonna loses custody war for son with ex-hubby Ritchie

New York - Pop diva Madonna has settled a bitter custody dispute with former husband Guy Ritchie, agreeing for their teenage son to stay in Britain with his filmmaker father, a US court says.

US man confesses to assaulting, killing boy 27 years ago

Washington - A US man admitted to killing an 11-year-old boy in 1989 in a case that shocked Americans and prompted a law requiring states to establish sex-offender registries.

Nearly 50 million children 'uprooted' worldwide: UNICEF

New York - Almost 50 million children throughout the world have been "uprooted" from their homes by war, violence or persecution, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said Wednesday.

Drawing out children's trauma in quake-hit Italy

Amatrice - Inside a shady tent in the middle of quake-hit Amatrice, a little girl hunches over a table drawing a picture of the soaring mountains overlooking this small Italian town.

Indian IVF doctors slam move to ban commercial surrogacy

Ahmedabad - Leading Indian fertility doctors and surrogate mothers Thursday criticised a move to ban commercial surrogacy, saying it will severely limit options for childless couples and women who carry others' babies as a way out of poverty.

Brother of Omran, Syrian boy in haunting picture, dies of wounds

Birut - The older brother of the little Syrian boy who was pictured sitting in an ambulance dazed and covered in blood after an air strike, died Saturday from wounds sustained in the attack on the family's apartment, a monitoring group said.

13 ill children evacuated from Syria's besieged Madaya: doctors

Birut - Thirteen sick children were among 18 people evacuated by aid workers from the besieged Syrian town of Madaya on Friday, a doctor that was treating them told AFP.

Omran, one child among millions traumatised by Syria war

Birut - Haggard and covered in blood, little Omran's blank stare shook the world. But across war-torn Syria, thousands of children like him are traumatised by daily life under bombs and siege.

Iranians fight rising infertility and taboos

Tehran - With infertility rising in pollution-plagued Iran, a growing number of couples must navigate the country's web of social and religious taboos as they seek treatment.

Turkey summons Swedish envoy over 'scandalous' age of consent tweet

Istanbul - Turkey said on Monday it has summoned Sweden's envoy in an escalating row after Stockholm accused Ankara of legalising sex with children.

Rio police help give favela kids a path

Rio De Janeiro - In a craggy back alley of the Providencia favela in central Rio, two dozen children and teenagers chat noisily while waiting for a military police van to take them for their first visit to the Olympic park."Behave during the trip!

The 'rented out' children on Guatemala's streets

Guatemala City - Kids can be seen cleaning windshields or juggling in clown makeup on street corners in Guatemala's cities.

Austrian child kidnappee Kampusch admits freedom has been difficult

Vienna - Ten years ago this month, Natascha Kampusch escaped from the man who had abducted her as a child eight years earlier. But as the Austrian told AFP, freedom has not been all easy.

Four days without running water in sweltering Aleppo: UN

Geneva - Up to two million people in Syria's Aleppo have gone without running water for the past four days, the United Nations warned Tuesday, describing the situation as "catastrophic".

Disease kills over 30 children in remote Myanmar

Yangon - An undiagnosed disease has killed more than 30 children in a remote part of Myanmar, officials said Thursday, with health authorities struggling to treat victims.

Are kids dangerously addicted to iPads?

It's now routine for kids to get their first tablet or smartphone before they even start elementary school. One addiction expert thinks that's causing a public health crisis — and some of his anecdotes about young digital addicts are staggering.

Israel approves jailing 'terrorists' from age 12

Jerusalem - Israeli lawmakers approved jailing children as young as 12 convicted of "terrorist offences" in the wake of repeated attacks by young Palestinians, parliament said on Wednesday.
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