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Belgium, Czech Republic rapped over smacking children

Strasbourg - A top rights body on Friday said Belgium and the Czech Republic were violating a European treaty because they have not yet fully banned the smacking of children.

Indian boy, 5, beheaded in suspected child sacrifice

Guwahati - A suspected occultist beheaded a five-year-old boy in a ritual sacrifice in northeastern India before being lynched by angry villagers, police and relatives said on Friday.

U.S. spelling bee ends in a tie — again

Oxon Hill - The world's premier spelling bee ended in a tie in the U.S. for a second year in a row after an intense 10-round showdown between two young contestants who tackled some of the English language's most obscure words.

Illegal baby sale, abortion ring dismantled in Colombia

Estanzuela - Colombian authorities have dismantled a trafficking ring involving illegal abortions and stolen babies, arresting five suspects, police said Thursday.

Bounce house flies in air and injures three children

Three children playing inside a bounce house were injured when a waterspout came onshore and lifted it in the air in Fort Lauderdale.

Asian mother, two children found dead near Paris

Villeneuve-saint-georges - An Asian mother who fell from a fourth-floor apartment and her two young children, apparently stabbed, were found dead in Val-de-Marne southeast of Paris on Monday, witnesses and officials said.

Boy smuggled into Spain in suitcase allowed to stay

Madrid - An African boy found hidden in a suitcase that was smuggled across the border into Spain has been granted temporary permission to stay so he can be reunited with his mother, officials said Thursday.

Impeachment call for Argentine 'moron' judges' child abuse ruling

Buenos Aires - Two Argentine judges faced mounting calls for their impeachment Tuesday after reducing a child abuser's sentence on grounds that the victim was a homosexual who had previously been abused by his father.

Five Mexico children detained over six-year-old's murder

Juarez - Mexico sought answers after five children aged 11 to 15 stoned, stabbed and buried a six-year-old boy, a shocking case that raised questions about the influence of drug violence on kids.

Argentine court eases child abuser's punishment, blaming six-year-old

Buenos Aires - An Argentine appeals court has touched off protests by reducing the sentence of a man convicted of abusing a six-year-old boy, on grounds that the victim was a homosexual who had previously been abused by his father.

Shelling kills eight children in Libya's Benghazi: UN

Tripoli - Shelling of residential areas of Libya's second city Benghazi killed at least eight children this week, the United Nations said, warning such attacks may amount to war crimes.

U.S.-Mexico custody saga ends as girl, mom head to Texas

Los Reyes - A topsy-turvy international child custody saga ended when a Mexican judge allowed a teenager to travel to Texas with her mother, a month after sending the wrong girl to the United States.

Mexico gripped by custody case after identity mixup

- In a custody case gripping Mexico, a Texas woman had an emotional reunion with a teenager believed to be her daughter after authorities forcibly sent the wrong girl to the United States.

India moves to toughen child labour laws

New Delhi - India's government moved Wednesday to toughen child labour laws in a country where millions of youngsters work long hours, often in poor conditions, but activists slammed the steps as inadequate.

Eight-year-old smuggled into Spanish territory in suitcase

Madrid - Police found an eight-year-old Ivorian boy hidden in a suitcase that was smuggled across the border into Spanish territory in north Africa, an official said on Friday.

Probe launched into claims French soldiers raped C.Africa children

Paris - Judges in France will investigate claims that French soldiers raped children in the Central African Republic, the state prosecutor announced Thursday.

Obese kids face stigma, flunk school: European research

Prague - Obese children are far less likely to finish school than peers of normal weight, according to European research Thursday which also highlighted body image problems in kids as young as six.

Outrage over 10-year-old Paraguayan pregnant by stepfather

Asunci - The case of a 10-year-old girl raped and impregnated by her stepfather has triggered outrage in Paraguay, where the health minister has blocked her from having an abortion.

C.Africa to take 'legal action' against French soldiers in rape case

Bangui - The Central African Republic will take legal action against the French soldiers accused of raping children in exchange for food at a refugee camp, the country's justice minister said Wednesday."Legal action will be pursued...

Health workers race to prevent Nepal measles outbreak

- Health workers are rushing to vaccinate more than half a million children in Nepal as fears grow that last month's massive earthquake has made youngsters more susceptible to disease.

Afghan runaways fight heroin addiction on Pakistan streets

Peshawar - After his brother beat him with chains, Abdullah decided enough was enough and fled his home in Kabul to Pakistan, where he lived rough, sleeping where he could and battling drug addiction.

Germany's post-WWII 'occupation children' speak out

Berlin - Many faced social stigma and were long kept in the dark about their true parental origins, with birth certificates that usually said "father unknown".

Norway ranks as world's best place to be a mother

New York - Norway ranks as the world's best place to be a mother, well ahead of the United States which dropped to the 33rd spot in the annual scorecard released by Save the Children on Monday.

One dead, children hurt after Dutch cherry picker topples

Den Haag - At least one man died and 10 others, many of them children, were hurt after a cherry picker toppled over at a vintage car show in the central Netherlands, a Dutch news report said Saturday.

Childhood bullying leads to long-term mental health problems

Coventry - Bullying of school children by other children carries long-term effects and, in many cases, it can lead to mental health problems. These health effects can remain with the children into adulthood. This is according to a new U.S. / U.K. study.

Landmines take heavy toll on Colombian children

Estanzuela - Eight-year-old Angie was running to catch up with her cousins on their way home from church when she stepped on a landmine that exploded and ripped off her leg.

Maddie McCann parents win 500,000 euros in Portugal libel case

Lisbon - A former Portuguese police officer who headed the investigation into the 2007 disappearance of British girl Madeleine McCann was ordered to pay 500,000 euros to her parents in a libel case, according to the ruling made public on Tuesday.

Nepal quake affects almost one million children: UNICEF

New Delhi - Almost one million children urgently need help after an earthquake claimed more than 3,200 lives in Nepal, the UN children's agency said, as relief workers raced to help the most vulnerable.

Mexico opens probe after girl wrongly sent to U.S.

- Mexican prosecutors opened an investigation Friday into the case of a 14-year-old girl who was wrongly sent to the United States to be with a woman who thought she was her daughter.

Mexican girl returns home after mistakenly sent to U.S.

Silao - A 14-year-old Mexican girl grabbed by police at school and sent to the United States in a case of mistaken identity was reunited with her parents Wednesday, a happy ending to a saga that captivated the country.
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