Europe Family & Parenting
Messi misses Barca match 'for baby's birth'
Czech Republic latest EU member to grant paternity leave
France murder: Jogger Alexia Daval's husband is detained
Crimean kids learn how to defuse landmines
Serena Williams plays her first match since giving birth
NY police vow to solve murder of mom, kids and girlfriend
Chinese parents protest against 'stress caused by children's homework'
India approves death penalty for rape of young children
2018-04-22 12:47:30 NEW DELHI — India's government on Saturday approved of the death penalty for people convicted of raping children under 12, responding to widespread outrage over the recent rape and killing of a young girl and other attacks on children.   Read More ...
Messi misses Barca match 'for baby's birth'
2018-03-11 00:02:46 BARCELONA (AFP) - Lionel Messi has pulled out of Barcelona's squad for Saturday's La Liga match at Malaga with reports saying the birth of his third child is imminent. he club tweeted: "Change to the squad. Messi is out for personal reasons and Yerry Mina takes his place." Messi's wife Antonella Roccuzzo is expecting a boy, a brother to five-year-old Thiago and Mateo, who is two   Read More ...
EU directive led by David Casa seeks to introduce 10 days of paternity leave
2018-03-08 20:01:10 Nationalist MEP David Casa seeks to introduce 10 days of paid paternity leave in a new European work-life balance directive. The directive also proposes four months paid leave for any parent to be taken until the child reaches a certain age, as well as five days of annual carer’s leave for those taking on caring responsibilities for dependents. David Casa, the head of delegation, has completed the first stage of work-life balance directive   Read More ...
Mom who allegedly toured Europe, leaving 4 kids at home, takes plea deal: report
2018-03-02 11:42:10 An Iowa mom who allegedly left her four kids at home while she went on a trip to Europe in September, entered a plea deal this week that may help her avoid prison time. Authorities said Erin Lee Macke, 31, agreed in Polk County District Court to an Alford Plea, meaning she does not admit guilt but acknowledges that prosecutors have enough evidence to convict her -- in this case on four counts of child endangerment, the Des Moines Register reported   Read More ...
Mom pleads guilty to leaving 4 young kids home alone during Europe trip
2018-02-28 00:14:48 An Iowa mother has pleaded guilty to child endangerment charges, after she was accused of leaving her young children home alone while she traveled to Europe.   Read More ...
Iowa mom pleads guilty to leaving kids home alone after Europe trip
2018-02-27 19:01:24 An Iowa mother has pleaded guilty to child endangerment charges, after she was accused of leaving her young children home alone while she traveled to Europe.   Read More ...
Johnston Mom Who Left Kids Home During European Vacation Agrees to Alford Plea
2018-02-27 08:13:09 DES MOINES, Iowa– Erin Macke, the Johnston mom accused of leaving her four kinds home alone while she took a vacation to Europe, entered an Alford plea of guilty Monday morning. Court documents show Macke left the children alone with an unloaded gun in the house. Macke agreed to an Alford plea on Monday morning to four counts of child endangerment   Read More ...
Adoption: A Love That Knows No Borders | Michelle Madrid-Branch | TEDxLagunaBlancaSchool
2018-02-26 17:08:43 As an adoptee, Michelle Madrid-Branch describes her journey to becoming a parent with two adopted children kids of her own. Through her experiences, Michelle emphasizes that the idea of a family should be shaped purely by love and not by the traditional notions of geographical borders, genetic makeup, or religion. Michelle Madrid-Branch is an author, speaker, international adoptee, and global advocate for women and children; specializing in the areas of adoption, foster care, abandonment recovery, and identity reconciliation. Her mission is to ensure that the adoption community is heard, seen, valued, respected, and understood. She is the Host of The Greater Than Podcast which focuses on the strength and resilience of the human spirit   Read More ...
Plea deal for mom accused of leaving kids alone as she jetted to Europe
2018-02-26 16:48:04 Erin Macke agreed to a plea deal in a Monday hearing on child endangerment charges. Plea deal for mom accused of leaving kids alone as she jetted to Europe Erin Macke agreed to a plea deal in a Monday hearing on child endangerment charges. WEBVTT INCLUDING VEHICULAR HOMICIDE BYELIZABETH: ERIN MACKE WILL BE INPOLICE SAY SHE LEFT HER FOURMACKE ALSO FACES CHARGES FOR DES MOINES, Iowa — Erin Macke agreed to a plea deal in a Monday hearing on child endangerment charges   Read More ...
Johnny Hallyday estate: Bardot wades into France family row
2018-02-24 18:04:44 Brigitte Bardot has become the latest French celebrity to weigh in on a family dispute over the estate of the late singer Johnny Hallyday. In a radio interview, the movie legend urged Hallyday's widow Laeticia - named as his main heir - to give some of the money back to his older children. Singer David Hallyday and actress Laura Smet, who were left with nothing, are contesting their father's will   Read More ...
Mom accused of leaving kids alone during European trip to appear in court
2018-02-23 15:10:57 A Johnston woman accused for leaving her four children alone to travel to Europe will be back in court Friday morning for a plea hearing. Mom accused of leaving kids alone during European trip to appear in court A Johnston woman accused for leaving her four children alone to travel to Europe will be back in court Friday morning for a plea hearing   Read More ...
Pregnant women can be included in staff cuts, EU court rules
2018-02-23 09:45:20 Employers can include pregnant women in job cuts, the top EU court, has ruled, dismissing the case of a woman who said her upcoming birth should have meant her position at work was protected. The European Court of Justice said that its decision applied to instances where there was no link between the decision to end employment and the pregnancy itself   Read More ...
European experts advise against epilepsy drug in pregnancy
2018-02-10 01:01:47 PARIS (AFP) - An expert committee of Europe's medicines watchdog recommended Friday that a drug used to treat epilepsy and linked to malformations in children not be used in pregnancy. The compound, valproate, is also used for migraine and bipolar disorder, and doctors already advised against prescribing the medicine for pregnant women in France. France's medicines regulator, known by the acronym ANSM, asked the London-based European Medicines Agency (EMA) to conduct a risk review   Read More ...
Finnish President Niinisto Announces the Birth of a Son
2018-02-04 07:05:07 STOCKHOLM — Finland's president, 69-year-old Sauli Niinisto, has announced the birth of a son. It's been a busy week for the Finnish head of state, who won re-election in a landslide victory Sunday and was sworn into office for a second six-year term Thursday before his second wife gave birth to a healthy boy on Friday evening. The president's office said his spouse, Jenni Haukio, and the infant were doing well, adding that Niinisto was present during the delivery   Read More ...
Kanye West Working in Europe 2 Weeks After Baby While Kim Kardashian's Family Helps with Chicago
2018-02-02 18:06:43 A little over a week after welcoming his third child with wife Kim Kardashian West — a baby girl named Chicago, who arrived Jan. 15 via surrogate — the artist flew from Los Angeles to New York City on Jan. 24. A few days later, he traveled to Europe, where he’s been spending time in Berlin, and most recently, Belgium. “She’s excited about the photo shoot that she did earlier this week,” the insider says   Read More ...
Czech Republic latest EU member to grant paternity leave
2018-02-02 04:54:28 PRAGUE (AFP) - Legislation took effect Thursday that allows Czech fathers with health insurance to go on paternity leave, a benefit already enjoyed in around 20 other European Union countries. Czech fathers with health insurance now have the right to receive 70 percent of their gross salary for up to a week of leave, according to the amendment introduced by the former centre-left government of Bohuslav Sobotka and approved by parliament last year   Read More ...
France murder: Jogger Alexia Daval's husband is detained
2018-01-29 14:07:37 Jonathan Daval, the husband of murdered jogger Alexia Daval, has been detained by French police, local media reported. Mrs Daval's partially burnt body was found in woodland near the north-eastern French town of Gray in October. A lawyer for Mr Daval denied on Monday his involvement in his wife's murder, and said that the 34-year-old had "expected this test". Investigators believe Mrs Daval's death may have been the result of a "marriage dispute gone wrong"   Read More ...
Face of 9,000 year-old teen girl recreated
2018-01-24 12:34:24 This is what Dawn may have looked like when she was alive, 9,000 years ago. The face of a girl, thought to be aged between 15 and 18, has been recreated by scientists based on remains found in a cave in Greece in 1993. The silicone model was created using CT scans and 3D printing technology. She was named Avgi, Greek for Dawn, because she lived in the Mesolithic period in about 7,000 BC, considered by some to be the dawn of civilisation   Read More ...
Crimean kids learn how to defuse landmines
2018-01-23 08:00:06 These children from Crimea have been learning how to plant and defuse land mines in a lesson organised by the 68th Engineer Regiment of the Russian army. Accompanied by their parents, around 100 students, the youngest just 12 years' old, attended the crash course, to learn the basics of the profession. Amongst the lessons on the curriculum. A lecture on improvised explosive devices, such as suicide vests and disguised bombs   Read More ...
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 ...