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Brazil police arrests 108 in major anti-paedophilia operation

October 25, 2017 ·  By Latin America & Caribbean for www.bbc.com

More than 1,000 officers were involved in the operation

Police in Brazil say they have arrested 108 people in the biggest operation ever against paedophiles in Latin America. Suspects were arrested in 24 states and the capital, Brasilia. Justice Minister Torquato Jardim said those detained were part of a ring that shared pornographic images of children through computers and mobile phones. The operation comes […]

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British ‘Josef Fritzl’ jailed: 27 years for paedophile who hid victim behind fridge in kitchen

October 23, 2017 ·  By Will Worley for www.independent.co.uk

Michael Dunn was convicted of 10 rapes, three charges of false imprisonment and three charges of indecent assault Cleveland Police/PA

A “devious” paedophile dubbed the “British Josef Fritzl” has been jailed for 27 years. Michael Dunn concealed a girl he was abusing in a hidden space in his kitchen. The 57-year-old from Redcar also abused four victims, one aged just 10 or 11, over several decades. He was convicted of 10 rapes, three charges of […]

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Construction workers discover secret basement in rapist Josef Fritzl’s guesthouse

October 23, 2017 ·  By Molly Fleming for www.independent.co.uk

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Builders find an anteroom with a staircase Builders have discovered a secret basement in Josef Fritzl’s guesthouse almost a decade after he was jailed for keeping his daughter captive. The notorious Austrian rapist imprisoned Elisabeth in a cellar, sexually assaulting her thousands of times over a 24 year period and fathering seven children with her. […]

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German police uncover Darknet child pornography website with 90,000 users

October 23, 2017 ·  By Staff and agencies for www.independent.co.uk

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Several arrests made including 39-year-old male from Limburg-Weiburg near Frankfurt suspected of running ‘Elysium’ platform German police have uncovered an underground website for child pornography with nearly 90,000 users and arrested the suspected operator of the platform, prosecutors said on Thursday. The “Elysium” platform, built as a forum, has existed since the end of 2016 […]

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Pope’s pro-life challenge: Respect all life, oppose death penalty

October 23, 2017 ·  By www.catholiccourier.com

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis’ recent statement that the death penalty is incompatible with the Gospel focused less on a government’s role in protecting its people and more on the need to defend the sacredness and dignity of every human life. At least from the time of Blessed Paul VI in the 1960s, the […]

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UN tells China to release human rights activists and pay them compensation

October 20, 2017 ·  By Benjamin Haas in Hong Kong for www.theguardian.com

Lawyer Xie Yang who has been detained by Chinese authorities as part of a crack down on human rights. Photograph: Supplied

Exclusive Document given to the Guardian rejects Chinese government claims that activists voluntarily confessed to their crimes at trials The United Nations has demanded that China should immediately release prominent human rights activists from detention and pay them compensation, according to an unreleased document obtained by the Guardian. The report, which has not been made […]

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Oxford accused of ‘social apartheid’ as colleges admit no black students

October 20, 2017 ·  By Richard Adams and Helena Bengtsson for www.theguardian.com

David Lammy said the lack of diversity called into question Oxford University’s claim to national standing. Photograph: Domingo Leiva Nicolas/Getty Images

Labour MP attacks university where one in three colleges failed to admit a black British student with A-levels in 2015 Nearly one in three Oxford colleges failed to admit a single black British A-level student in 2015, with the university accused of “social apartheid” over its admissions policies by the former education minister David Lammy. […]

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Trump was insensitive in call to widow – soldier’s mother

October 20, 2017 ·  By US & Canada for www.bbc.com

Sgt Johnson's widow with his coffin at Miami International Airport

The mother of a US soldier who was killed in action has backed a congresswoman’s claim that President Donald Trump showed insensitivity during a phone call to her son’s widow. Representative Frederica Wilson said he had told Myeshia Johnson: “He knew what he was signing up for, but I guess it hurts anyway.” Mr Trump […]

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2 arrested for child abuse in Pueblo

October 19, 2017 ·  By KKTV News for www.kktv.com

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PUEBLO, Colo. (KKTV) – A good Samaritan noticed a child limping in the area of Northern Avenue and Beulah Avenue on Sunday when they called 911. The child was taken to the hospital and examined. The child had several broken bones, lacerations and contusions throughout their body that were in different stages of healing. 11 […]

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‘Unacceptable’: UN committee damns Australia’s record on human rights

October 19, 2017 ·  By Ben Doherty for www.theguardian.com

The same-sex postal survey was criticised by a UN committee member: ‘Human rights are not to be determined by opinion poll or a popular vote.’ Photograph: Danny Casey/AAP

Committee vice-chair says Australia can’t ‘pick and choose’ which laws it follows and which rights it wants to uphold Australia has been excoriated before the UN human rights committee for its “chronic non-compliance” with the committee’s recommendations, drawing particular condemnation over the mandatory detention of children and the same-sex marriage survey. Prof Yuval Shany, the […]

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