'Little Miss Thong' pageant sparks heated debate in Colombia

Jan 14, 2015

'Little Miss Thong' pageant sparks heated debate in Colombia

A children’s beauty pageant in Colombia, dubbed “Little Miss Thong,” sparked outrage online Tuesday, but local officials are defending the contest, which features a parade of eight-year-old girls wearing skimpy swimwear. In the pageant, held Sunday in the northeastern town of Barbosa, young girls ...

Funding lags for sex-trafficking victims in U.S.

Dec 30, 2014

Funding lags for sex-trafficking victims in U.S.

State after state in America is passing new laws to combat sex-trafficking, reflecting a growing awareness of the domestic industry after years in which Americans considered it a foreign problem — something relegated to Eastern Europe or Asia. But while the get-tough laws are ...

Dec 14, 2014

China to punish tourists over Thai air rage assault

Chinese authorities vowed to severely punish Chinese travelers who threw hot water and noodles on a Thai flight attendant and threatened to bomb the plane after they became enraged over seating arrangements. China National Tourism Administration said Saturday the tourists disrupted the flight, hurt ...

Kenyan cops are killing suspects with near-impunity

Dec 7, 2014

Kenyan cops are killing suspects with near-impunity

Kenyan police officers are killing unarmed terrorist suspects, shakedown victims and even children — spreading fear, breeding corruption and complicating efforts to deal with terrorism, an Associated Press investigation has found. Although death squads have long been known to operate in Kenya, a dozen ...

Nov 26, 2014

Man, 26, held for beating infant daughter into unconsciousness

Sapporo Nishi Police in Hokkaido arrested a 26-year-old man Tuesday for allegedly striking his 4-month-old daughter in the head on several occasions to the point where she has been unconscious since August. Toshiyuki Miyamoto of Sapporo’s Nishi Ward reportedly abused his daughter, Yuki, for ...

Dogfighting thrives in U.S. despite high-profile gang busts

Nov 24, 2014

Dogfighting thrives in U.S. despite high-profile gang busts

In the squalid Jacksonville dogfighting kennel, a champion named Bulletproof Sam sat in a makeshift wooden cage, his teeth exposed from a missing snout. Nearby, an undercover agent with the sheriff’s office met with Sam’s breeder, a big-timer in the underground world of dogfighting ...

Aussie mom of baby left in drain charged

Nov 24, 2014

Aussie mom of baby left in drain charged

A 30-year-old Sydney mother has been charged with the attempted murder of her newborn son who was allegedly abandoned in a roadside drain for five days before passers-by heard his cries, police said Monday. The week-old baby was in serious but stable condition in ...

Nov 20, 2014

Signs suggest North Korea preparing material for nuclear bomb test

New satellite imagery suggests North Korea may be firing up a facility for processing weapons-grade plutonium, as Pyongyang threatened Thursday a fresh nuclear test in response to U.N. condemnation of its rights record. The images show steam rising from a reprocessing plant at the ...