New program gives troubled teens a chance at social rehabilitation

Aug 19, 2015

New program gives troubled teens a chance at social rehabilitation

A 16-year-old parolee was sent to a social welfare facility in Tokyo’s Shinagawa Ward in late July to volunteer for social service as part of his rehabilitation. “Please clean this corridor,” instructed 72-year-old Ritsuko Noda, a probation officer and human rights commissioner representing the ...

Indonesia court overturns teachers' sex abuse convictions

Aug 14, 2015

Indonesia court overturns teachers' sex abuse convictions

An Indonesian court has overturned convictions against a Canadian teacher and an Indonesian teaching assistant who were serving 10 years in jail for sexually abusing three young children at a prestigious international school in Jakarta, their lawyer said Friday. Neil Bantleman, 45, and Ferdinant ...

Suspected Jewish extremists burn Palestinian child to death

Aug 1, 2015

Suspected Jewish extremists burn Palestinian child to death

Suspected Jewish assailants set fire to a West Bank home on Friday and burned a sleeping Palestinian toddler to death in an attack that drew Palestinian rage and widespread Israeli condemnation. The attack, which threatens to set off another violent escalation, shines a light ...

Nigeria forces free 59 women, children held by Boko Haram

Jul 31, 2015

Nigeria forces free 59 women, children held by Boko Haram

Nigeria’s army said Thursday it had set free 59 people held by Boko Haram, among them 29 women and 25 children, amid an ongoing offensive against the Islamist group in the country’s restive northeast. The hostages were freed as the military stormed two jihadi ...

Jul 28, 2015

In vitro advance raises complicated ethics questions

The announcement Monday by a nonprofit organization that two women with ovarian problems produced fertile eggs via in vitro fertilization using eggs from anonymous donors is good news for those struggling with infertility, including patients suffering from Turner’s syndrome or experiencing menopause at a ...

Jul 28, 2015

Ireland to hand adoptees birth records for first time

Ireland will allow tens of thousands of adopted people access to their birth certificates for the first time under proposed legislation that some advocacy groups say could still deprive many of their identities. International laws say all children should be able to establish their ...

Awash in arms, Afghans push to ban toy guns

Jul 27, 2015

Awash in arms, Afghans push to ban toy guns

The weapons of Afghanistan’s long decades of war can be seen almost everywhere, from the burned-out hulks of Soviet tanks to the Kalashnikov assault rifles slung over policemen’s shoulders and helicopter gunships roaring overhead. It should be no surprise then that young children play ...

Child care workers held over infant heatstroke death

Jul 24, 2015

Child care workers held over infant heatstroke death

Tochigi Prefecture Police have arrested the former owner of a child care facility in Utsunomiya and her two children for causing the death of a 9-month-old girl who was under their care last year. The police on Thursday arrested Yokohama resident Kumiko Kimura, 58, ...