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Calais: fears grow for dozens of children amid chaotic camp shutdown

October 28, 2016 ·  By Lisa O'Carroll, Alan Travis and Mat Heywood in Calais for www.theguardian.com

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Charities fear for safety of unregistered minors as French officials try to declare clearout complete and fires ravage camp Scores of unaccompanied children remain unaccounted for in an increasingly chaotic situation at the Calais refugee camp, where French authorities tried to declare that it would be completely cleared at the end of the day. Charities […]

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Church offers addicts ‘concrete hope’

October 27, 2016 ·  By www.cbcpnews.com

Cardinal Tagle presides over a Mass before the launching of the “Sanlakbay para sa Pagbabagong Buhay” program at the Manila Cathedral on Oct. 23, 2016. (RCAM photo)

MANILA, Oct. 24, 2016— A parish-based center for the treatment of drug addicts was launched in the Archdiocese of Manila on Sunday, offering concrete hope and a chance to change to countless drug dependents. Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle believes that drug addiction is about “spiritual warfare” – good and evil battling against each other. “We […]

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California man gets 1,500-year jail sentence for raping teenage daughter

October 24, 2016 ·  By The Associated Press for www.theguardian.com

A Californian man was sentenced on Friday to 1,053 years in prison for raping his teenage daughter. Photograph: Spaces Images/Getty Images/Blend Images RM

Judge says 41-year-old man who raped his daughter two to three times a week over four years is a ‘serious danger to society’ A Californian man was sentenced to 1,503 years in prison for raping his teenage daughter over a four-year period. The 41-year-old was sentenced on Friday to the longest-known prison sentence in Fresno […]

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FBI help rescue dozens of trafficked children

October 21, 2016 ·  By www.manilatimes.net

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The US Federal Bureau of Investigation, along with representatives from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and several international law enforcement partners, rescued 82 minors and arrested 239 traffickers and their associates in operations carried out in the Philippines, Thailand and Cambodia. The arrests were made under Operation Cross Country, an international effort […]

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FULL TEXT: ICC prosecutor on situation in Philippines

October 19, 2016 ·  By www.philstar.com

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“Statement of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda concerning the situation in the Republic of the Philippines (issued on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016; Friday in Manila) “My Office is aware of worrying reported extra-judicial killings of alleged drug dealers and users in the Philippines, which may have led to over 3,000 deaths […]

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Australian falsely accused in Philippine drug war: Court

October 19, 2016 ·  By thestandard.com.ph

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A Philippine judge dismissed a narcotics trafficking charge against an Australian man after ruling police made up evidence, court documents show, as concerns mount about new President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. A Canadian man who was arrested in the same police operation was jailed by a different judge for life, with authorities hailing his […]

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PROFILE: ANTÓNIO GUTERRES, THE CATHOLIC TIPPED TO BE THE NEW HEAD OF THE UN

October 18, 2016 · 

António Guterres of Portugal. UN Photo/Manuel Elias

(The Tablet via CNUA) The Portuguese bishops’ conference reacted quickly and positively to his nomination The new favourite for Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, is a committed Catholic who, while Prime Minister of Portugal, opposed the legalisation of abortion. He will succeed Secretary General Ban Ki-moon of South Korea early next year. […]

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The Christian is never still, but always on the way to do good

October 18, 2016 ·  By Pope Francis

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“A Christian cannot stand still. The Christian must always move forward, he must walk. The Christian who stands still is the Christian who received the talent and for fear of life, fear of losing, fear of their boss, out of fear or convenience, buried it. He is calm and spends his life going nowhere. The […]

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Scotland’s first human trafficking strategy launched

October 18, 2016 ·  By Lucy Adams for www.bbc.com

There were 145 potential victims of trafficking identified in Scotland last year

Consumers are to be asked to consider whether people working in their local nail bar, car wash or shop might have been trafficked into the country. The new Scottish government guidelines are part of the country’s first human trafficking strategy. Scots will be urged to look for signs that people have been trafficked and ask […]

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Why are 10,000 migrant children missing in Europe?

October 17, 2016 ·  By Europe for wwww.bbc.com

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Europol, the EU’s police intelligence unit, estimates that around 10,000 unaccompanied children have gone missing in Europe over the past two years. The BBC World Service Inquiry programme asks why so many have disappeared. “There are different reasons [children] arrive unaccompanied,” according to Delphine Moralis, secretary general of Missing Children Europe. “Some of them have […]

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