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Christmas elephants visit school children in Thailand
An app to help pregnant women find train seats is being trialled in Tokyo
Chinese parents protest against 'stress caused by children's homework'
Car crashes into Sydney classroom, killing two children
Krygyzstan grapples with forced marriage of minors
Police: Mom flew to Germany, left 4 kids home alone in Iowa
Parents of 13 children held captive in California plead 'not guilty'
2018-01-19 06:01:03 The parents of 13 children allegedly held captive in their California home have pleaded "not guilty" to charges of "torture, child abuse, and false imprisonment". Prosecutors said the victims were "beaten, starved, and chained". David Turpin, 57, and his wife Louise Turpin, 49, who appeared in court for the first time on Thursday, each face 94 years to life in prison if convicted   Read More ...
Nach Attacken auf Teenager: Neapel kämpft gegen sogenannte Baby Gangs
2018-01-16 14:41:00 Newsticker Nach Attacken auf Teenager: Neapel kämpft gegen sogenannte Baby Gangs Als Reaktion auf mehrere brutale Attacken auf Teenager will Neapel gegen Jugendbanden kämpfen. Um zu beraten, wie die Bürger vor den sogenannten Baby Gangs geschützt werden können, wurde am Dienstag ein Sicherheitsrat in der süditalienischen Stadt einberufen. Daran sollte auch Innenminister Marco Minniti teilnehmen, der auch Familien der Opfer treffen wollte   Read More ...
Trump's attempts to deport children blocked by U.S. judge
2018-01-10 08:45:29 In the U.S a judge has blocked an attempt by the Trump administration to end a programme that prevented the deportation of children brought to the United States illegally by their parents. The president's decision to end the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) programme has drawn widespread protest and criticism since it was announced in September last year, and it has also been challenged in the courts   Read More ...
Turkish child marriage religious document sparks anger
2018-01-03 17:35:19 Turkey's main opposition party has called for a parliamentary inquiry after the directorate of religious affairs said that, under Islamic law, girls as young as nine could marry. The comments by the Diyanet prompted an outpouring of anger on social media from Turkish women's groups. The directorate insisted it was only defining points of Islamic law. Turkey's legal age of marriage is 18 but the practice of underage weddings in religious ceremonies is widespread   Read More ...
Silva's Manchester City absence due to premature birth of baby son
2018-01-03 16:04:31 Manchester City midfielder David Silva has missed three Premier League games over recent weeks due to the premature birth of his son. Silva was afforded a hero's reception and put in a man-of-the-match performance when he returned to the City side for Tuesday's 3-1 win over Watford, although manager Pep Guardiola said after the match the Spain playmaker could miss upcoming fixtures because "family is the most important thing in life"   Read More ...
Serena Williams plays her first match since giving birth
2017-12-30 20:00:05 Tennis star Serena Williams made a losing return to the courts after taking almost a year out to give birth to a baby girl. She was up against Jelena Ostapenko at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi. Williams made a slow start and lost the opening set 6-2. But she bounced back showing flashes of her usual star quality taking the 2nd set 6-3 and the match to a tie-break   Read More ...
NY police vow to solve murder of mom, kids and girlfriend
2017-12-29 17:45:15 TROY, N.Y. — Investigators in an upstate New York town said Thursday they are confident they will catch the killer who murdered a mother, two of her kids and her female partner — a crime the police chief described as "savagery." "We're going to get to the bottom of it," Troy Police Capt. Daniel DeWolf told NBC News. The bodies of Shanta Myers, 36, her 11-year-old son Jeremiah, her 5-year-old daughter Shanise, and 22-year-old Brandi Mells were found in their basement apartment the day after Christmas   Read More ...
‘Your son is a dog’: Israeli MP threatens families of imprisoned Palestinians
2017-12-26 19:45:09 An Israeli member of parliament has been threatened by Hamas after hurling verbal attacks against families of Palestinian prisoners on December 25. Oren Hazan, an MP of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party, had shared Facebook Live videos of him boarding buses that carried Palestinian families traveling to see their imprisoned relatives. In the video, Hazan—with media in tow—confronts the families in a bus near the Nafha prison in southern Israel, telling one woman, “Your son is a dog   Read More ...
Christmas elephants visit school children in Thailand
2017-12-22 22:45:13 Elephants from Ayutthaya Elephant Palace and Royal Kraal in Thailand's ancient capital dressed up as Santa Claus and visited a local school on Friday, spreading Christmas cheer and handing out presents. Students at Jirasartwitthaya school eagerly awaited the annual visit along with special guests. Four elephants, including a three-year-old baby, handed out dolls, balloons and snacks with their long trunks and entertained children with special dances   Read More ...
Childhood obesity climbing with media use, European doctors warn
2017-12-14 23:09:15 In the past 25 years, obesity rates have climbed rapidly among European children and teens, according to a consensus statement from the European Academy of Pediatrics and the European Childhood Obesity Group published in Acta Paediatrica. Roughly one in five kids and teens in Europe are overweight or obese, according to a 2017 World Health Organization study, the authors note. Today, 97 percent of European households have a TV in their home, 72 percent have a computer, 68 percent have internet access and 91 percent have mobile phones, according to the statement   Read More ...
An app to help pregnant women find train seats is being trialled in Tokyo
2017-12-12 09:00:03 Passengers with their noses buried in their mobile phones, not talking to each other, is a common sight on subways around the world. But it often means that people don't always realize that someone in need is standing nearby. Tokyo’s famously packed metro has found a way of taking advantage of this and make communting easier for mothers to be. A match making app is being trialed on the subway's Ginza line to connect women with nearby passengers willing to give up their coverted seat   Read More ...
The Netherlands has lowest rate of teenage mothers in the EU
2017-12-11 12:08:48 The Netherlands has the lowest rate of teenage motherhood in the entire EU, the national statistics office CBS said on Monday. In total, 1,492 girls below the age of 21 gave birth in the Netherlands last year – a record low. At the beginning of this century, some 3,500 Dutch girls gave birth, showing the birth rate among teenagers has more than halved to three per thousand   Read More ...
Chinese parents protest against 'stress caused by children's homework'
2017-12-10 19:45:18 Parents in China have started protesting against the heaps of homework their children receive daily. The latest outcry was sparked by a viral post entitled “Goodness, what have I done wrong to have to do homework with my kids”. After the article went viral on the popular Chinese social platform Weibo, parents started sharing their own stories of homework agony on social media, blaming their kids’ homework for severe stress and bad moods   Read More ...
Birth pangs! - EU $3b programme to reduce maternal and child mortality on ‘slow track’
2017-12-10 08:07:10 Almost 200 mothers who gave birth in public-health facilities across Jamaica during the first three months of this year went home without a baby, but a programme funded by the European Union (EU) to the tune of $3 billion, aimed at reducing this painful reality, is experiencing its own birthing pains. Jamaica recorded just over 6,800 births from January to March, with 101 of that number being stillbirths and 93 recorded as neonatal deaths not living for more than 27 days   Read More ...
CUTE ALERT! Berlin's newborn baby bear kissed by mummy
2017-12-09 04:30:48 A polar bear by the name of Tonja gave a birth to a cub at Berlin Zoo on Thursday, as shown in footage released on Friday. Video ID: 20171209 008 Video on Demand: http://www.ruptly.tv Contact: cd@ruptly.tv Twitter: http://twitter.com/Ruptly Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Ruptly.   Read More ...
Relatives rage against the navy over missing submarine
2017-11-25 23:45:12 Reports of a sound detected underwater near the last known position of the vessel suggest it might have imploded after reporting an electrical problem. Families of the crew are stuck in an emotional limbo. “The problem with being the loved one of someone who is missing is that the mourning process cannot start, because they are still out there somewhere,” local psychologist Guillermo Bruchstein said in a Saturday television interview   Read More ...
UN warns Rohingya children at risk from child traffickers
2017-11-08 18:03:02 There are fresh fears over the safety of Rohingya Muslims who have fled Myanmar over the past two months. Child traffickers are known to be roaming refugee camps in Bangladesh looking for easy prey as thousands of infants remain separated from their parents. At the Kutupalong camp Noor Alom has set up a makeshift registration booth to help adults identify lost children. I spoke to children and families who fled violence in and now need our help. This crisis is a children'… READ MORE : What are the top stories today? Click to watch: euronews: the most watched news channel   Read More ...
Car crashes into Sydney classroom, killing two children
2017-11-07 16:45:07 Two children are dead and three others seriously hurt after a vehicle crashed into a classroom in Sydney in Australia. Two eight-year-old boys died at the scene of the crash and three girls were taken to hospial with serious injuries. Sixteen other children and their teacher were treated for minor injuries. A sports utility vehicle smashed through the wooden wall of the school in the west of Sydney   Read More ...
Car crashes into Sydney school, killing two children
2017-11-07 12:02:48 Two children are dead and three others seriously hurt after a vehicle crashed into a classroom in Sydney in Australia. Two eight-year-old boys died at the scene of the crash and three girls were taken to hospial with serious injuries. Sixteen other children and their teacher were treated for minor injuries. A sports utility vehicle smashed through the wooden wall of the school in the west of Sydney. A total of 24 primary-age children were in the classroom with their teacher. Sydney Traffic… READ MORE : What are the top stories today? Click to watch: euronews: the most watched news   Read More ...
View: A loving home, not institutional care, for every child
2017-11-01 16:45:20 By Afshan Khan, UNICEF Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia Alex* spent the first 10 months of his life in a residential institution in Bucharest, Romania with 200 other young children. Paid staff would feed Alex with a bottle, and he was seldom held. At 10 months Alex weighed six kilos, well below the healthy weight for a baby his age   Read More ...
Krygyzstan grapples with forced marriage of minors
2017-10-25 17:45:34 Kyrghyzstan is a wild and beautiful central Asian nation, where families and clans have enormous influence on society at large, but despite adopting many aspects of the modern world, kidnapping minors for marriage remains a strong tradition. 10% of women are married before they are 18 and one in five underage marriages are the result of kidnapping, despite it being outlawed in 2013   Read More ...
French parents investigated after naming child 'Jihad'
2017-10-23 12:45:16 A couple is being investigated in France after calling their son “Jihad”. The boy was born at the beginning of August in the city of Toulouse. The registrar responsible for recording the birth certificate then passed the information onto local prosecutors. French law allows parents freedom to choose any name which is not considered harmful to their child or infringing the rights of third parties   Read More ...
‘I wish I could say I’m surprised’: Ex blasts mom charged with abandoning kids to tour Europe
2017-09-30 23:46:50 Police say Erin Lee Macke left a gun on her bedroom shelf and her four young children to fend for themselves, and jetted off last week for an 11-day vacation in Europe — cut somewhat short by the Iowa mother’s arrest Thursday on child endangerment charges. Macke left her 12-year-old twins and 6 and 7-year-old daughters at home near Des Moines, on Sept   Read More ...
The Russians are here, but do the Republicans even care?
2017-09-30 23:01:03 When I was growing up in the 60s and 70s, my strongly conservative extended family often stayed up late discussing and worrying about the Soviet threat. I’ll never forget a classmate who’d come home with me after school one day bursting into tears after my Aunt Ginny walked in and announced that the Russians were coming. Don’t worry, I told my friend, she says that all the time   Read More ...
'I lost 29 years of memories including the births of daughters after horror car crash wrecked my life'
2017-09-30 20:02:38 A mum looking through her family photo album would normally feel a warm glow – but not Elizabeth Boudreaux. Not even the happy faces of her young children get her smiling. There is no hint of nostalgia or warmth from memories of when her two daughters were small. Instead, Elizabeth feels nothing. Tragically, she can recall nothing of the first 29 years of her life, including her first five years of motherhood   Read More ...
Dad shares devastating reason he took photo of daughter in pain as she lay dying from cancer
2017-09-30 19:02:59 It was a photo which broke the hearts of millions across the world at the end of last year: a young girl writhing in agony as cancer ravaged her body. But the story behind the picture is even more devastating - meant to comfort and remind her parents that they did the right thing for their baby girl in letting her go   Read More ...
Mother charged with abandoning children for trip to Europe
2017-09-30 18:25:10 A mother has been arrested after she left a gun on her bedroom shelf and her four young children to fend for themselves, and jetted off for an 11-day holiday in Europe. Police say Erin Lee Macke's holiday was cut somewhat short by her arrest on Thursday on child endangerment charges. Macke left her 12-year-old twins and daughters, aged 6 and 7, at home near Des Moines, Iowa, on September 20 to visit relatives in Germany, Lynn Aswegan with the Johnston Police Department told People   Read More ...
Iowa Mom Arrested After Allegedly Leaving 4 Kids Home Alone to Go on a Planned 12-Day German Vacation
2017-09-30 02:12:39 An Iowa woman was arrested Thursday after she went on a planned days-long vacation to Germany and allegedly left her four young children home alone, PEOPLE confirms. Erin Lee Macke, 30, is charged with four counts of child endangerment, according to Johnston, Iowa, Police Department Lt. Lynn Aswegan. Macke was released on bail on Friday. It is unclear if she has obtained an attorney or entered a plea   Read More ...
Mother of four arrested for leaving young kids home alone while she vacationed in Germany
2017-09-30 00:17:00 An Iowa mother's European vacation came to an abrupt end. Erin Lee Macke was arrested Thursday by Johnston police for allegedly leaving her four young children home alone while she traveled to Germany for an 11-day vacation. According to a press release, police were called to Macke's home on Sept. 21 following a report that children had been left without adult supervision   Read More ...
Ex-husband of mother accused of leaving children for European trip speaks out
2017-09-29 23:36:48 DES MOINES, Iowa — The father of two children left alone while their mother took a trip to Europe is speaking out to Inside Edition. Erin Lee Macke, 30, is charged with four counts of child endangerment – substantial risk, and one count of transfer of pistol or revolver to a person under 21 after reportedly leaving her four children alone at home Sept   Read More ...
Police: Mom flew to Germany, left 4 kids home alone in Iowa
2017-09-29 23:04:35 JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) — A suburban Des Moines mother has been jailed after she left her four children home alone while she traveled to Europe for a 12-day vacation in Germany, police said Friday. Johnston police have charged Erin Macke, 30, with four counts of child endangerment and one of transferring a firearm to a person under 21. Police said the latter charge was filed because a firearm was left at home within the children's reach   Read More ...
US mother leaves four children home alone as she takes 12-day European holiday
2017-09-29 22:47:13 A suburban mother in the US state of Iowa has been jailed after she left her four children home alone while she travelled to Europe for a 12-day holiday in Germany, police say. Johnston police have charged Erin Macke, 30, with four counts of child endangerment and one of transferring a firearm to a person under 21. Police said the latter charge was filed because a firearm was left at home within the children's reach   Read More ...
Mom accused of leaving kids during European vacation appears in court
2017-09-29 20:46:53 JOHNSTON, Iowa — A Johnston woman faces multiple charges after police said she left her four children home alone while taking a trip to Europe. Erin Lee Macke, 30, is charged with four counts of child endangerment – substantial risk, and one count of transfer of pistol or revolver to a person under 21. Macke appeared in court Friday. She is being held in the Polk County Jail in lieu of a $9,000 bond   Read More ...
Iowa Mom Left Four Children Home Alone To Take 11-Day Vacation In Germany, Police Say
2017-09-29 19:44:47 Iowa mom Erin Lee Macke left her four children home alone so she could take an 11-day international vacation in Germany, Polk County law enforcement investigators say. The 30-year-old Iowa mom has children that are two, six, seven, and 12 years old. The real-life Home Alone scenario ended on September 21 when police arrived to do a welfare check on the four children after being told Erin Macke had left them unsupervised   Read More ...
Mum receives devastating news 32 year cancer battle is coming to an end after being diagnosed aged 7
2017-09-29 19:06:00 An inspirational mum who has been fighting cancer most of her life is coming to terms with news that her battle is coming to an end. Carla Riley Wood has been told by doctors that treatment she was given as a child caused irreparable damage to her lungs, and she is dying. The 39-year-old was first diagnosed with the disease at the age of seven, and when she was 10 her leg had to be amputated   Read More ...
Boy, 14, admits killing parents with knife in Frisian village
2017-09-29 18:10:47 The 14-year-old boy arrested in the Frisian village of Katlijk earlier this week has admitted killing his parents by stabbing them with a knife, the public prosecution department said on Friday. No more details have been made public and it is unclear as yet what motivated the boy to attack his mother and father at their home. The bodies of the 63-year-old man and 62-year-old woman were found by neighbours who share the property on Tuesday morning   Read More ...
Kindhearted donors rally around dad's medical fundraising campaign after he lost wife and newborn baby within a few hours
2017-09-29 18:06:45 Donors have rallied around a new dad 's push for lifesaving medical equipment after he lost his wife and their newborn baby girl within hours of each other. Craig Renton's wife Heidi Renton, 31, was the picture of health five days earlier putting on a ‘Mummy-to-be’ sash at a surprise baby shower. But on Friday, August 4 this year RAF engineer Craig suffered a double tragedy   Read More ...
Mom flew to Germany, left 4 kids home alone in Iowa
2017-09-29 17:05:58 Johnston, Iowa — A suburban Des Moines mother has been jailed after she left her four children home alone while she traveled to Europe for a 12-day vacation in Germany, police said Friday. Johnston police have charged Erin Macke, 30, with four counts of child endangerment and one of transferring a firearm to a person under 21. Police said the latter charge was filed because a firearm was left at home within the children’s reach   Read More ...
Aaron O'Kane: Man who punched baby spared from jail
2017-09-29 15:34:00 A man who punched his baby nephew in the face as he assaulted his brother at a house in Londonderry has been given a suspended jail term. Aaron O'Kane, 26, admitted committing the two assaults on his brother and nephew in the family home in the Carnhill area of Derry on 30 April. Since the assaults, he has lived at Lodge Road in Coleraine as a result of a court order banning him from returning to Derry   Read More ...
'I don't want to be here,' Marisa Simms says as evidence of first marriage, ectopic pregnancy, and infidelities heard
2017-09-29 13:08:04 She had known a long time ago that "very unpleasant, private matters" would be brought up during these proceedings, it was put to her. These matters would include her first marriage, "her little baby," lost in an ectopic pregnancy, and infidelities. "Because we want peace, we want to be left alone," she told the Disclosures Tribunal in a low, cracked voice   Read More ...