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Philippines child rapist David Shepherd convicted

August 19, 2016 ·  By Dorset for www.bbc.com

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A prolific paedophile who filmed himself raping and abusing children in the Philippines has been found guilty. David Shepherd of Bridport, Dorset, admitted a number of offences but denied raping four children, one of whom was only eight years old. The 60-year-old’s string of sex crimes, including holding 20,000 indecent images, were heard at three […]

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Nearly 18,000 have died in Syria state jails, says Amnesty

August 19, 2016 ·  By Middle East for www.bbc.com

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Nearly 18,000 people have died in government prisons in Syria since the beginning of the uprising in 2011, according to Amnesty International. A new report by the charity, based on interviews with 65 “torture survivors”, details systematic use of rape and beatings by prison guards. Former detainees described so-called welcome parties – ritual beatings using […]

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Wrongly accused US man freed from PH jail after 5 years

August 18, 2016 ·  By Associated Press / INQUIRER.net U.S Bureau for globalnation.inquirer.net

Scott McMahon, freed after five years. WEBSITE

MANILA — An American man jailed in the Philippines for more than five years was freed Tuesday, August 2 after being acquitted of rape. A court in metropolitan Manila cleared Scott McMahon, of Seattle, after finding no clear evidence that he committed rape, as a Filipino woman alleged, a court official said on condition of […]

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The Nauru files: cache of 2,000 leaked reports reveal scale of abuse of children in Australian offshore detention

August 11, 2016 ·  By Paul Farrell, Nick Evershed and Helen Davidson for www.theguardian.com

Allegations involving children make up more than 50% of the 2,000 leaked reports of the Nauru files from the detention centre on the remote Pacific island. Composite: The Guardian Design

The devastating trauma and abuse inflicted on children held by Australia in offshore detention has been laid bare in the largest cache of leaked documents released from inside its immigration regime. More than 2,000 leaked incident reports from Australia’s detention camp for asylum seekers on the remote Pacific island of Nauru – totalling more than […]

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Nauru detention centre: Abuse and trauma reports leaked

August 11, 2016 ·  By Australia for www.bbc.com

A photo taken by Amnesty International shows the inside of a tent housing asylum seekers in Nauru

More than 2,000 leaked reports detail widespread abuse and trauma among children and women at Australia’s offshore detention centre for asylum seekers on the Pacific island of Nauru. The “incident reports”, published by the Guardian, reveal that self-harm and violence are commonplace at the centre. Numerous reports relate to sexual assault and coercion of women […]

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Child sexual abuse inquiry: Rudd vows to press on after Dame Lowell Goddard resignation

August 8, 2016 ·  By Sandra Laville for www.theguardian.com

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Home secretary pushes ahead with finding new leader, saying ‘success of this inquiry remains an absolute priority’ The chair of the public inquiry into institutional child abuse has resigned, saying it was beset with a “legacy of failure” that was hard to shake off. Justice Lowell Goddard, who was appointed in February last year to […]

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WYD:Do not be afraid to trust in mercy, pope tells millions at closing WYD mass

August 2, 2016 ·  By Inés San Martín for https://cruxnow.com

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KRAKOW, Poland-Addressing a vast sea of young women and men gathered in Krakow for World Youth Day (WYD), Pope Francis told them not to be deterred by those who want to present the image of an insensitive God, and to believe in the power of God’s mercy. “People will try to block you, to make […]

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Pope Francis Offers Prayer for Elimination of Terrorism

August 2, 2016 ·  By Gerard O'Connell for americamagazine.org

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Pope Francis recited a special prayer for peace and protection from violence and terrorism when he visited the church of St. Francis in Krakow early Saturday evening, where there are venerated relics of two Polish priests: Zbigniew Strzałkowski and Michał Tomaszek, who were killed by the Maoist guerrilla group Shining Path in Peru in 1991. […]

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COMMENTARY : Day one for Pope Francis in Poland augurs hidden drama

July 29, 2016 ·  By John L. Allen Jr. for www.cruxnow.com

Pope Francis holds a life jacket vest of Syrian girl who died while trying to reach the Greek island of Lesbos. The pope's advocacy of refugee rights faces a diplomatic test Wednesday when he begins a five-day visit to Poland, where a populist government has slammed the door on most asylum seekers. (Credit: AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia.)

Papal trips in general and World Youth Days in particular are usually full of stunning visual imagery, but on his first day in Poland on Wednesday, most of the action for Pope Francis, both politically and ecclesiastically, may happen out of public view. Choreography has always been one of the strong suits of the Catholic […]

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Holy See calls on Security Council action against war crimes

July 28, 2016 ·  By Vatican Radio for en.radiovaticana.va

A meeting of the United Nations Security Council in New York. - ANSA

The Vatican has called on the members of the United Nations Security Council to never vote against “a credible draft resolution” before the Security Council on timely and decisive action to prevent or end “the commission of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.” Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the […]

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