China's 'little red soldiers' get lessons in loyalty

Feb 10, 2015

China's 'little red soldiers' get lessons in loyalty

Wearing sky-blue army uniforms emblazoned with red stars, they could be communist comrades from China’s civil war. In fact the youngsters are the targets of a modern campaign to win hearts and minds, with the classroom as its battleground. “We are the new generation ...

U.S. mom delivers 6½-kg baby after surprise pregnancy

Feb 8, 2015

U.S. mom delivers 6½-kg baby after surprise pregnancy

Maxxzandra Ford said she realized during delivery that she was giving birth to an unusually large baby, but had no idea her son was 14.1 pounds (6,400 grams). It was a double surprise for the Florida mom, who hadn’t even realized she was pregnant ...

Feb 7, 2015

Upskirt photos of teen ruled legal in Oregon

A judge has ruled that a 61-year-old Oregon man did nothing illegal when he crouched in a store aisle and snapped photos up a 13-year-old’s skirt. It was lewd and appalling but not outlawed, Judge Eric Butterfield said. “From a legal point of view, ...

Fukuoka man admits strangling girl, hiding body in closet

Feb 2, 2015

Fukuoka man admits strangling girl, hiding body in closet

A man has been arrested in Buzen, Fukuoka Prefecture, after allegedly admitting to killing a 10-year-old girl, police said. Toshiyuki Uchima, a 46-year-old construction worker, reportedly told the police he strangled fifth-grade student Miwa Ishibashi and hid her corpse in his dwelling. The girl ...

Feb 1, 2015

Vatican found two in-house cases of child pornography in 2014

The Vatican, which is still struggling with the effects of a worldwide paedophilia scandal in the Catholic Church, discovered two cases of possession of child pornography within its own walls last year, its chief prosecutor said on Saturday. Gian Piero Milano, whose official title ...