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Pope Francis and The Lady meet again

December 4, 2017 ·  By Father Michael Kelly SJ, Nay Pyi Daw for

Aung San Suu Kyi bows to Pope Francis on Tuesday during his visit to Myanmar. / Mustafa G Avsar / flickr

It would not have been “courageous or wise” to raise the Rohingya issue, stir the pot, and leave local Catholics to deal with the fallout. The much-anticipated second meeting between Pope Francis and Aung San Suu Kyi, following a get together in Rome in May, has probably disappointed those who expected it to focus on […]


James Bulger killer back in jail after being caught with abuse images again

November 29, 2017 ·  By Nadia Khomami for

Jon Venables, 35, returned to prison after he was caught with indecent material a second time during routine check Jon Venables, one of two boys convicted of the murder of toddler James Bulger, has been returned to prison again after he was caught with child abuse images for a second time. Venables was 10 when […]


Pope to meet general in charge of Rohingya clearance operations

November 27, 2017 ·  By John Zaw, Mandalay for

General Min Aung Hlaing, commander of the Myanmar armed forces, inspects troops during a ceremony to mark the 71st Armed Forces Day in Naypyidaw on March 27, 2016. He is scheduled to meet the pope Nov. 30.
(Photo Ye Aung Thu/ AFP)

Rohingya political leader says dialogue with military could advance hope for peace and reconciliation In a move sure to stir controversy, Pope Francis will hold a private meeting with Myanmar’s military chief Min Aung Hlaing at Cardinal Charles Maung Bo’s residence in Yangon. No time has been specified for the Nov. 30 meeting, one of […]


Beijing nursery ‘needle abuse’ of children shocks China

November 27, 2017 ·  By


According to BBC, a Beijing nursery is accused of giving injections and feeding drugs to toddlers, in a case that has sparked outrage in China . Authorities are now investigating the nursery , which is a branch of the well-known RYB Education chain. The company says it “deeply apologises” for the matter that has caused […]


Ratko Mladic: Who is the ‘Butcher of Bosnia’ and what has the former Serb general been charged with?

November 27, 2017 ·  By Samuel Osborne for


UN tribunal says 74-year-old ‘significantly contributed’ to genocide in Srebrenica and ‘personally directed’ bombardment of Sarajevo Two decades ago, Ratko Mladic was seen as the brash general leading nationalist Bosnian Serbs towards a seemingly sweeping victory in Bosnia’s war. Now, he was reduced to an ailing old man trying in vain to delay a United […]


YouTube child abuse reporting system ‘flawed’

November 24, 2017 ·  By Elizabeth Cassin, Anisa Subedar and Mike Wendling for

The form where YouTube users can report violations.

Part of YouTube’s system for reporting sexualised comments left on children’s videos has not been functioning correctly for more than a year, say volunteer moderators. They say there could be up to 100,000 predatory accounts leaving indecent comments on videos. A BBC Trending investigation has discovered a flaw in a tool that enables the public […]


Las Vegas couple arrested in California in child abuse case

November 24, 2017 ·  By Blake Apgar Las Vegas Review-Journal for


A couple wanted by Las Vegas police for child abuse was arrested by federal law enforcement officers near San Diego on Tuesday. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested Mallory Purnell, 23, and Brandon Kellermeier, 29, after they were stopped for vehicle inspection, the agency said in a statement. The officers ran the couple’s fingerprints […]


Rugby league legend Graeme Langlands faces child sexual abuse charges

November 24, 2017 ·  By


Rugby league “immortal” Graeme Langlands has been charged with child sexual abuse offences. Police have charged the 76-year-old with six counts of indecent dealings with a girl under 16. Police prosecutors allege the offences took place on the Gold Coast in the 1980s. Langlands was charged on November 3 and was not present when the […]


Ratko Mladić convicted of war crimes and genocide at UN tribunal

November 23, 2017 ·  By Owen Bowcott and Julian Borgerfor

Fikret Alić holds a copy of Time magazine that featured his emaciated image on its cover in 1992. Photograph: Phil Nijhuis/AP

Former Bosnian Serb army commander sentenced to life imprisonment more than 20 years after Srebrenica massacre The former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladić, nicknamed the ‘butcher of Bosnia’, has been sentenced to life imprisonment after being convicted of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. More than 20 years after the Srebrenica massacre, Mladic was […]


Alleged rape of teenage girl results in charges for 24-year-old man

November 23, 2017 ·  By Marilyn Campbell, QUT for

A man has been charged with the alleged rape of a teenage girl. Picture: Christian Gilles

A man will face court today after a girl was allegedly raped in Bankstown earlier this year. The 24-year-old man has been charged with three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl known to him. Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Child Abuse Squad commenced an investigation following reports the girl had been […]

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