U.S. jails struggle as stopgap asylums

Jul 15, 2014

U.S. jails struggle as stopgap asylums

Many of the 3,300 jails across the U.S. have seen a rise in the number of inmates with serious mental illnesses, most arrested for nonviolent crimes. They have become in many cases, treatment centers of last resort. And they are awash in a tide ...

Jul 7, 2014

Cameron under pressure to launch child abuse inquiry

British Prime Minister David Cameron is facing calls to launch a full-scale inquiry into allegations that well-known politicians abused children in the 1980s, after an official said the government had lost files that may shed light on the matter. The allegations, which purportedly involve ...

Nigeria's epidemic: divorcee kids

Jun 29, 2014

Nigeria's epidemic: divorcee kids

by Michelle Faula

By the time she ran away, Maimuna bore the scars of a short but brutal marriage. Her battered face swelled so much that doctors feared her husband had dislocated her jaw. Her back and arms bristled with angry welts from the whipping her father ...

Charity claims Savile abused 500 victims — one as young as 2

Jun 2, 2014

Charity claims Savile abused 500 victims — one as young as 2

A British children’s charity says at least 500 people have reported abuse by the late entertainer Jimmy Savile, with the youngest alleged victim just 2 years old. The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children said Monday that the most common age ...

Ontario boy locked in filthy bedroom for two years

May 31, 2014

Ontario boy locked in filthy bedroom for two years

A malnourished 10-year-old boy was found living in squalor in a locked bedroom at an Ontario home, where authorities allege he’d been held for up to two years by his aunt and uncle, police said Friday. The boy was fed twice a day with ...

Report highlights child labor on U.S. tobacco farms

May 14, 2014

Report highlights child labor on U.S. tobacco farms

You may have to be at least 18 to buy cigarettes in the U.S., but children as young as 7 are working long hours in fields harvesting nicotine- and pesticide-laced tobacco leaves under sometimes hazardous and sweltering conditions, according to a report released Wednesday ...