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Child, 5, killed in Thai temple shooting: police

A five-year-old girl and a local government official were shot dead and 11 people were injured in southern Thailand when gunmen burst into a Buddhist temple during an annual fair, police said Monday. Police said a group of assailants opened fire inside the temple in Surat Thani province on Sunday,…

Iran hangs man convicted of raping and murdering a five-year old girl

TEHRAN — Iran has hanged a man convicted of raping and murdering a five-year old girl in a village near the southern port city of Bandar Abbas, the ISNA news agency reported on Sunday. The report identified the murderer by his initials Q.K. and added that he had buried the…

19 charged in gang-rapes of 11-year-old Texas girl

The repeated gang rape of an 11-year-old girl in Cleveland, Texas that dominated headlines this spring has returned to the spotlight once again, with the arrest of 14 men accused of assaulting the girl, the Associated Press reported. In addition to the 14 adult men who were arrested, five more…

Murdoch-owned tabloid ‘tapped phone of murdered girl’: report

LONDON — Journalists at a tabloid hacked the voicemail of a high-profile missing teenage girl, giving false hope to her family that she was alive when she had in fact been murdered, a report said Monday. In a grim new twist to the long-running phone-hacking row at the Rupert Murdoch-owned…

Wisconsin Gov. Walker removes painting of poor children

Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker will have one less reason to think about the plight of disadvantaged children. The governor has decided to have a painting of poor and homeless kids removed from the governor’s mansion. It will be replaced with a Civil War-themed painting of a bald eagle. The…

Millions of girls lost to selective abortion in India: study

PARIS — Sex selection of foetuses in India has led to 7.1 million fewer girls than boys up to age six, a gender gap that has widened by more than a million in a decade, according to a study released Tuesday. In Indian families in which the first child has…

Pope gets candid on talk show debut

VATICAN CITY (AFP) – Pope Benedict XVI said Friday he had no answers to suffering in the world during an unusually candid televised question-and-answer session in a first for a leader of the Catholic Church. Asked by a seven-year-old Japanese girl why she was hit by an earthquake and tsunami,…

Man says 1-year-old daughter’s overdose accidental

DENVER (Reuters) – A Colorado man charged in the overdose death of his one-year-old daughter said the girl ingested the painkiller oxycodone after he lost one of the pills, according to an arrest warrant affidavit released on Friday. Manuel Angel Rivera told investigators with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office that…

Georgia judge claims she’s unsure why tattooing a toddler was made illegal

If tattooing a toddler is illegal, why is it okay to pierce a little girl’s ears? That was the reasoning behind a rather startling quote reprinted by Georgia’s Rome News-Tribune, allegedly uttered by a judge who decided to go easy on a 26-year-old man that pleaded guilty on Monday to…

Women dominate as Berlusconi trial set to begin Wednesday

by Francoise Kadri Francoise Kadri – Mon Apr 4, 2:05 am ET ROME (AFP) – From the judge’s bench to the witness stand, women are at the centre of a sex trial for Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi starting Wednesday that has breathed new life into Italy’s feminist movement. The trial…

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