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U.S. State Department to clamp ban on travel to North Korea

July 24, 2017 ·  By Yeganeh Torbati and Se Young Lee for www.reuters.com

FILE PHOTO: The 105-storey Ryugyong Hotel, the highest building under construction in North Korea, is seen from inside another hotel's room in Pyongyang, North Korea May 7, 2016.

WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) – The U.S. government on Friday said it will bar Americans from traveling to North Korea due to the risk of “long-term detention” in the country, where a U.S. student was jailed while on a tour last year and later died. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has authorized a “Geographical Travel Restriction” […]

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AlphaBay and Hansa dark web markets shut down

July 24, 2017 ·  By Technology for www.bbc.com

AlphaBay went offline earlier this month

Two of the largest dark web marketplaces have been shut down following a “landmark” international law enforcement investigation. The AlphaBay and Hansa sites had been associated with the trade in illicit items such as drugs, weapons, malware and stolen data. According to Europol, there were more than 250,000 listings for illegal drugs and toxic chemicals […]

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Hundreds of German choir boys allegedly abused, report says

July 21, 2017 ·  By Ben Westcott, Laura Smith-Spark and Sara Mazloumsaki, CNN for edition.cnn.com

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(CNN) — As many as 547 former students of the Catholic Regensburger Domspatzen choir school in Germany were abused physically, and in some cases sexually, over a period of 70 years, an independent report has alleged. The 440-page report, commissioned by the Regensburg diocese, found a culture of violence across the school, from pre-school classes, […]

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High-flying Thai monk accused of child abuse extradited

July 21, 2017 ·  By Euan McKirdy and Kocha Olarn, CNN for edition.cnn.com

Former monk Wiraphon Sukphon arrives back in Bangkok following his extradition from the United States on July 19, 2017.

Bangkok, Thailand (CNN) – A flamboyant Thai monk who is accused of multiple charges of child abuse as well as ignoring his monastic vows has returned home after being extradited from the US. Wiraphon Sukphon, who was seen in a YouTube video in 2013 holding wads of cash on a private plane, returned to Bangkok […]

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Forced migration was UK’s worst child abuse scandal, Gordon Brown says

July 21, 2017 ·  By Press Association for www.theguardian.com

ordon Brown arrives at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse in London. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA

Former PM says that now scale of abuse of those sent to Australia and Canada up to 1970s is clearer, compensation is needed The former prime minister Gordon Brown has described the forced migration of British children as a bigger sex abuse scandal than that perpetrated by Jimmy Savile. Giving evidence to the Independent Inquiry […]

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Map charts early massacres of indigenous Australians

July 20, 2017 ·  By Australia for www.bbc.com

Prof Lyndall Ryan with the map, which took four years to compile

Researchers have created what they say is the most comprehensive map yet to detail the massacres of indigenous Australians by European settlers. More than 150 locations feature on the online map, which presently covers only the nation’s east coast. The total number of deaths following British settlement in 1788 has long been debated, but many […]

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Germany debates extending the statute of limitations for sexual abuse

July 20, 2017 ·  By GERMANY for www.dw.com

Most of the reported abuse cases happened too long ago

As more and more allegations of sexual abuse in Catholic institutions come to light, German politicians debate whether to extend the statute of limitations for civil and criminal prosecution. A rash of reported cases of sexual abuse and molestation in schools and other institutions run by the Catholic Church in Germany has led to a […]

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Dutchman Caught for Child Pornography Charges

July 20, 2017 ·  By aplecambodia.org

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Siem Reap, Police from Siem Reap Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Unit yesterday arrested a 53-year-old Dutchman while he was photographing naked boys aged between 11 and 15 years by the lakeside in Aranh Sarkor village, Sangkat Siem Reap. According to police report, seven victims have so far confirmed abuse, but the number could reach […]

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Bavarian justice minister calls for longer statue of limitations in sex abuse

July 20, 2017 ·  By GERMANY for www.dw.com

Scandal after scandal has hit the German Catholic Church

The Bavarian justice minister’s call to lengthen the statute of limitations for sex abuse cases came alongside new revelations that a private school in Hessen had ignored students’ reports of abuse. The ongoing and ever-deepening scandal over physical and sexual abuse in German Catholic institutions has led Bavarian Justice Minister Beate Merk to call for […]

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Catholic Church paid A$276m to abuse victims in Australia

July 20, 2017 ·  By Australia for www.bbc.com

Survivors of abuse gather to hear Cardinal George Pell's testimony in Rome last year

The Australian Catholic Church has paid A$276m (£171m; $213m) to victims of sexual abuse since 1980, an inquiry has heard. The money was divided between thousands of victims, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse was told. The data, released on Thursday, showed the average payment was A$91,000. The landmark royal commission […]

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