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Dutch farm dad 'beat bad spirits out of kids'

Den Haag - A Dutchman isolated six of his children in a remote farmhouse from birth and beat them to drive out "bad spirits," prosecutors told a court on Tuesday.Gerrit Jan van D.

Dutch farm dad 'beat bad spirits out of kids'

Den Haag - A Dutchman isolated six of his children in a remote farmhouse from birth and beat them to drive out "bad spirits" from the outside world, prosecutors told a court on Tuesday.Gerrit Jan van D.

Viral video reunites Bangladeshi with family after 48 years

Dhaka - An ailing Bangladeshi who went missing almost half a century ago has been reunited with his family after a video appeal on Facebook seeking help for his treatment went viral.

Japan minister becomes first to announce paternity leave

Apo - Japan's environment minister said Wednesday he would take two weeks of paternity leave, the first time a cabinet minister has publicly committed to such a move in the country.

Cameron Mathison talks 'Home and Family,' health, family and fans Special

Emmy-nominated actor and TV host Cameron Mathison chatted with Digital Journal. He opened up about his renal cancer surgery, as well as his family, daily motivations and extended his appreciation and love for his fans.

'Babies-for-sale' scheme shocks Armenia

Yerevan - Syuzan Patvakanyan has been searching for her daughter ever since doctors in post-Soviet Armenia forced her to give her up as a baby nearly two decades ago.

Single Chinese woman sues over egg freezing

Bejing - A single woman in China has gone to court challenging rules that forbid unmarried women from freezing their eggs in the first case of its kind in the country.

WhatsApp wars over India protests divide families

New Delhi - With their parents bombarding them on WhatsApp with misinformation and even abuse over their stand on India's new citizenship law, young women are hiding their identities on social media to voice outrage and find alternative families.

10 killed from Afghan family heading to funeral: officials

Khost - Ten members of the same family were killed Tuesday when their car detonated a roadside bomb as they were travelling to a funeral in eastern Afghanistan, officials said.

Til death do I stay single: South Korea's #NoMarriage women

Seoul - "I'm a straight woman who is no longer interested in having relationships with men."Bonnie Lee doesn't care about finding a boyfriend or a fairytale wedding, and will decide her own happily-ever-after.And she is not alone.

China's single women seek sperm donors overseas

Bejing - Looking at page after page of childhood photos, Xiaogunzhu was drawn to an image of a French-Irish boy with smiling dark blue eyes.

X-rays of broken bones lay bare domestic violence in Italy

Milan - The X-rays speak louder than words. Especially since the women whose shattered bones are visible in the sterile black and white images rarely speak out.

Mothers of Russian prisoners demand justice from Putin

Moscow - Mothers of Russian prisoners denounced the prosecution of protesters as a "travesty of justice" as they gathered outside the offices of the presidential administration on Tuesday.

Anxious families wait outside besieged Hong Kong campus

Fpo - Relatives of some of the young pro-democracy protesters holed up inside a Hong Kong university held anxious vigil Tuesday as police vowed to arrest those inside.

Dutch judge extends custody for farmhouse cult suspects

Den Haag - A Dutch judge on Wednesday extended the detention of two men suspected of keeping a family captive for nearly a decade in a farmhouse by another 90 days.

Suspected Dutch kidnap case opens old wounds in Austria

Vienna - The case of an Austrian suspected of holding a Dutch family captive for nearly a decade has sparked memories of two other high-profile kidnappings in the Alpine country.Following the detention earlier this week of Josef B.

Dutch police arrest 'father' in farmhouse cult case

Den Haag - Dutch police on Thursday arrested the father of a family kept for nearly a decade in a farmhouse, saying they were investigating whether a "certain belief in faith" was behind the case.

'Cultist' detained in Dutch farm family case

Den Haag - A Dutch judge on Thursday ordered the detention of an Austrian suspected of holding a family captive in a farmhouse, as reports emerged that both the suspect and the family had been in religious organisations.

'Miracle survival' for newborn found in Indian grave

Lucknow - Doctors on Wednesday hailed as a "miracle" the survival of a newborn girl found several days after being buried alive, as police hunted for her parents who have been charged with attempted murder.

Austrian man held in Dutch cellar family case

Den Haag - Dutch police were holding an Austrian man after the discovery of a father and his adult children who were believed to have stayed hidden in a remote farmhouse for years, officials said Wednesday.

Dutch family found in cellar 'waiting for end of time'

Den Haag - Dutch police found a father and six adult children hidden in the basement of a remote farmhouse where they had reportedly spent years "waiting for the end of time", officials said Tuesday.

Dutch family found in cellar 'waiting for end of time'

Den Haag - Dutch police found a family of seven people hidden in the basement of a remote farmhouse where they had reportedly spent years "waiting for the end of time", officials said Tuesday.

Canadian father sues Japan firm for paternity leave harassment

Apo - A Canadian father who alleges he was bullied and fired by his Japanese employer after he tried to claim paternity leave appeared in a Tokyo court Wednesday to pursue his lawsuit against the firm.

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.

UK transgender man who gave birth is child's mother: court

London - A transgender man who gave birth but did not want to be registered as the child's mother on the birth certificate lost a legal battle at England's High Court on Wednesday.

War at the dinner table: Hong Kong families divided over protests

Fpo - For weeks, Jane lied to her mother about joining Hong Kong's protests -- pretending her rucksack was bulging with books, not supplies -- until the ideological rift between them grew so great she had to move out.

S.African police urge psychologists to intervene as murders rise

Cape Town - Fifty-eight people were killed each day on average in South Africa last year, police said Thursday, urging the help of experts to understand why so many murders are committed by friends and relatives.

Japan man sues firm for 'paternity leave harassment'

Apo - A Japanese man who says he was penalised for taking paternity leave brought his case to a Tokyo court on Thursday, a rare suit in a country struggling with one of the world's lowest birthrates.

'Protecting rapists': Protesters accuse Japan of failing women

Apo - Women's rights protesters are taking to the streets for the sixth time in as many months as anger mounts in Japan over 'outdated' rape laws, after a man was allowed to walk free despite sexually assaulting his daughter for years.
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