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U.S. set to approve India's purchase of drones before Modi visit

NEW DELHI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is expected to approve India's purchase of a naval variant of the Predator drone, a source familiar with the situation said, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi tries to revitalize relations with Washington when he meets President Donald Trump for the first time.


UPDATE 2-U.S. set to approve India's purchase of drones before Modi visit

* Unarmed drones would help watch Chinese navy (Recasts with expected approval)

Deaths (Obituaries)

Frédérick Leboyer, Who Saw Childbirth Through Baby’s Eyes, Dies at 98

Mr. Leboyer, a French physician, advocated natural birth methods that focused on easing suffering for the baby.


Abused children find Japan’s shelters provide little comfort

TOKYO (Reuters) - Every year, more than 20,000 abused, delinquent, developmentally challenged or otherwise troubled Japanese children needing emergency housing pass through a system of shelters.


More than 5 million children need urgent humanitarian aid in Iraq: UNICEF

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - More than 5 million children are in urgent need of aid in Iraq, the United Nations said on Thursday, describing the war on Islamic State as "one of the most brutal" in modern history.


Child, three adults feared dead in flooded Greenland village

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Three adults and a child are presumed dead after waves swamped a remote coastal village in northwestern Greenland over the weekend, police said.


Thousands join India's Modi, hit the mat for International Yoga Day

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - From the deck of an aircraft carrier to the sub-zero temperatures of a Himalayan military outpost, tens of thousands of Indians joined Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday to celebrate the third International Yoga Day.

Changes could strip benefits from more low-income children, elderly and disabled people


Children of Islamic State militants in Libya reunite with families in Khartoum

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Qamr al-Dawla Abdullah had never met his niece and nephew who grew up in Libya, where their father Yehia was killed fighting alongside Islamic State, but he stood tearfully at Khartoum's airport on Tuesday waiting to pick them up.


WHO says child from Raqqa among 15 new polio cases in Syria

GENEVA (Reuters) - Fifteen new cases of polio have been confirmed in Syria, including a child who may have caught the disease in Raqqa, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday.


Bombardier agrees to sell up to 50 Q400s to India's SpiceJet

(Reuters) - Canadian airplane maker Bombardier Inc said on Tuesday it agreed to sell up to 50 Q400 turboprop aircraft to Indian budget carrier SpiceJet Ltd .


India's Modi could discuss visa issue with Trump: trade official

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India could take up the issue of visas for skilled workers when Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets U.S. President Donald Trump next week, top trade ministry official said on Tuesday.


Hike rolls out India's first payment wallet within messaging platform

MUMBAI, June 20 (Reuters) - Indian instant messaging platform Hike rolled out an in-app electronic payments wallet on Tuesday in a bid to cash in on rising digital transactions, replicating similar services offered by its backer Tencent Holdings in China.


Sharp rise in suicides by gun among American children is found

(Reuters) - American children died of self-inflicted gunshot wounds at a sharply higher rate in 2014 than seven years earlier, according to a study released on Monday, which said that the safe storage of firearms could make a big difference in preventing youth suicides.


Mindfulness-based childbirth classes may ease pain, depression

(Reuters Health) - When birthing classes include mindfulness-based education instead of focusing only on the biology of having a baby, women may have an easier time coping with labor pain and a lower risk of postpartum depression, a small experiment suggests.


In Greece, refugee women and children live in limbo

CHIOS, Greece (Reuters) - Thousands of refugee woman and children are living in limbo in Greece, waiting for the day they will be reunited with their families in other European countries.


Take a Number: A Dire Weekly Total for the U.S.: 25 Children Killed by Guns

Between 2012 and 2014, an average of 1,297 children died each year from such injuries.

Books and Literature

Nonfiction: How Uber and Airbnb Became Poster Children for the Disruption Economy

Three books reckon with pioneers of the sharing economy; a fourth considers their dark side.

Guns kill nearly 1,300 US children each year, study says

Rambunctious third-graders filled a classroom in Seattle on a crisp autumn day. One of the students dropped his backpack, and horror ensued.

Books and Literature

Children’s Books: What Not to Tell the Kids When the Goldfish Dies, and Other Lessons From Pet Picture Books

A dead goldfish and a botched cover-up, an imaginary pet parakeet — pet-focused picture books help kids make sense of life and loss.


U.S. warns of new reports Congo troops killing, raping women, children

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States warned on Friday that it had received new reports from within Democratic Republic of Congo accusing Congolese troops of actively carrying out a campaign of killing and raping women and children in the central Kasai region.


1980s child murder case grips France

DIJON, France (Reuters) - A couple in their 70s were put under investigation in France on Friday over the grisly murder of their four-year-old great nephew over 30 years ago, reviving memories of an infamous case and sweeping news of an impending election off the front pages.

Books and Literature

Children’s Books: In Philip Pullman’s First Graphic Novel, a Ghost Ship Travels Through Time

In “The Adventures of John Blake: Mystery of the Ghost Ship,” a battered vessel becomes unstuck in time after an experiment goes awry.


Six found guilty of involvement in 1993 blasts in India's financial hub

MUMBAI (Reuters) - An Indian court on Friday found six men guilty of involvement in a series of blasts in the city of Mumbai in 1993 that killed 257 people and wounded 800, the latest in scores of convictions related to India's most deadly bombings.

YouTube star facing child pornography charges

YouTube star Austin Jones is accused of exploiting his fan base by allegedly asking underage girls to send him sexually explicit videos of themselves.


India's GST launch spawns tech cottage industry for compliance

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's new Goods and Services Tax (GST), its biggest tax reform since independence, will unify a $2 trillion economy into a single market - and demand massive changes for small businesses that will have to go online to file their taxes.

Empowering children in homeless shelters

Jennifer Cox began teaching at an under-performing school near Baltimore in 2005.


Rooftop Terrace at Brooklyn Children’s Museum Is Set to Open

A decade after it began, an outdoor green space for the museum’s small visitors is finally ready, and it arrives with an impressive design pedigree.


Warburg Pincus to buy 43 percent in India's Tata Tech for $360 million

MUMBAI (Reuters) - An affiliate of private equity firm Warburg Pincus will buy an about 43 percent stake in Indian engineering outsourcing provider Tata Technologies Ltd for $360 million.

Books and Literature

The Children of ‘1984’: Dystopia Down the Decades

George Orwell’s novel has led to adaptations and variations since its publication in 1949, including a coming Broadway version. Here’s an overview.


RPT-INSIGHT-Cattle slaughter crackdown ripples through India's leather industry

* India BJP government takes tougher line on cattle slaughter


YouTube singer Austin Jones arrested on child pornography charges

LOS ANGELES, June 14 (Reuters) - A 24-year-old YouTube singer with a teen fan base has been charged with using social media to solicit explicit videos from two young female fans.


INSIGHT-Cattle slaughter crackdown ripples through India's leather industry

* India BJP government takes tougher line on cattle slaughter


Cattle slaughter crackdown ripples through India's leather industry

AGRA, India (Reuters) - In the backstreets of Agra's Muslim quarter, where shoes have been made for centuries, small-scale manufacturers are firing workers and families cutting back on spending as a government crackdown on cattle slaughter ripples through the community.

They saw children trapped on upper floors

As the flames engulfed Grenfell Tower in West London, people were seen waving for help from the windows, and attempting to escape.

Hospice at age 4: The 'happiest' days of her child's life

Witness: People were screaming 'save my children'

Two witnesses to the London apartment tower fire said they witnessed people jumping out of windows, dangling their kids yelling, "please save my children!"


Golf-Johnson arrives for U.S. Open after birth of child

ERIN, Wisconsin (Reuters) - World number one Dustin Johnson arrived at Erin Hills to defend his U.S. Open crown and was out late on Tuesday practicing on the course.


Johnson arrives for U.S. Open after birth of child

ERIN, Wisconsin (Reuters) - World number one Dustin Johnson arrived at Erin Hills to defend his U.S. Open crown and was out late on Tuesday practicing on the course.

The best and worst states for raising children

New Hampshire is the best state in which to raise a child, while Mississippi is the worst, according to a report published Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.


Brazil's Raízen offers Tonon Bioenergia $248 mln for two ethanol mills

SAO PAULO, June 13 (Reuters) - Brazil's sugar and ethanol company Raízen SA, a joint venture between Cosan SA Indústria e Comércio and Royal Dutch Shell Plc has offered 823 million reais ($248 million) to buy two ethanol mills from Tonon Bioenergia SA.

Trump admin ending program for mothers, children seeking asylum

The Trump administration is shuttering a program designed to keep vulnerable asylum seekers -- mainly mothers and young children, including pregnant and nursing women -- out of detention.


India's Wipro says date for ADR bonus issue not decided

(Reuters) - Indian software exporter Wipro Ltd said on Monday the payable date for its American Depository Receipts (ADR) bonus issue is yet to be determined.


Missouri sued for over-exposing foster children to psychotropic drugs

(Reuters) - Two youth legal advocacy groups sued Missouri on Monday on behalf of 13,000 foster children, arguing that poor oversight left many of them over-exposed to psychotropic drugs carrying risks of side effects, from diabetes to seizures.

Children's retailer Gymboree files for bankruptcy


India's Modi to hold first talks with Trump on June 26 in Washington

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold talks with U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington on June 26, the Indian foreign ministry said on Monday, the first meeting between the leaders.


BRIEF-India's TCS collaborates with Intel to drive digital transformations

* Says collaborates with Intel to drive digital transformations


RPT-India's plan to develop key Iranian port faces U.S. headwinds

* New Delhi has committed $500 million to Gulf of Oman project


Venezuela Maduro says children used in protest violence, will write to pope

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Sunday he would ask Pope Francis to persuade opponents that children should not participate in violent protests that have rocked the country, as both sides of the conflict seek help from the Catholic Church.


Motor racing: First Formula E win for India's Mahindra team

BERLIN (Reuters) - Swedish driver Felix Rosenqvist won the first of two Berlin ePrix races on Saturday to hand India's Mahindra team a maiden victory in the Formula E electric series.


Motor racing: Lance Stroll's childhood dream about to meet reality

MONTREAL (Reuters) - Growing up in Montreal as the son of a billionaire, Lance Stroll always had one of the best seats in the house at the Canadian Grand Prix.

Why child hunger persists, even in America

It was a tender moment Elle Dingman will remember for a long time.


Tanzanian child victims of witchcraft attacks get new limbs

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Four Tanzanian children with albinism who lost limbs, fingers, and teeth in superstition-driven attacks made their way home this week after receiving prosthetics - and a dose of confidence - in the United States.

A congresswoman's quest to save her child

Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler introduces us to her miracle baby. Her daughter was born without kidneys but has survived thanks to her parent's efforts.


India's plan to develop key Iranian port faces U.S. headwinds

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Western manufacturers are shying away from supplying equipment for an Iranian port that India is developing for fear the United States may reimpose sanctions on Tehran, Indian officials say, dealing a blow to New Delhi's strategic ambitions in the region.


China's Xi tells India's Modi issues should be managed 'appropriately'

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday told Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the two countries should work to "appropriately" manage their differences, the Chinese foreign ministry said in a statement online.


India's Infosys denies promoters selling stake in company

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Infosys Ltd on Friday denied a media report that the founders of India's second-biggest software services exporter were looking to sell their entire 12.75 percent stake in the company.


India's Infosys shares fall on media report of stake sale by founders

(Reuters) - Shares in India's Infosys Ltd fell as much as 3.5 percent to their lowest in over a month on Friday after a newspaper reported the company's founders were planning to sell their stakes, citing people familiar with the development.

Trans man expecting first child


UPDATE 1-Dominion weighs future of Connecticut Millstone nuclear power plant

June 8 (Reuters) - Dominion Energy Inc said on Thursday that it will "continue assessing" its investments in Connecticut after the state's House did not pass a bill that would allow the state to buy electricity from Dominion's Millstone nuclear power plant.


Dominion assesses future of Connecticut Millstone nuclear plant

(Reuters) - Dominion Energy Inc said on Thursday that it will "continue assessing" its investments in Connecticut after the state house failed to pass a bill that would allow the state to buy electricity from Dominion's Millstone nuclear power plant.


Autos need devices to curb child heatstroke deaths: U.S. lawmakers

(Reuters) - Automakers could help prevent accidental deaths of small children left in hot cars by installing devices to remind drivers to check their back seats for passengers before getting out, three U.S. lawmakers sponsoring a safety measure said on Wednesday.


Autos need devices to curb child heatstroke deaths -U.S. lawmakers

By Peter Szekely June 7 (Reuters) - Automakers could help prevent accidental deaths of small children left in hot cars by installing devices to remind drivers to check their back seats for passengers before getting out, three U.S. lawmakers sponsoring a safety measure said on Wednesday. The bipartisan group of lawmakers joined safety experts and parents with testimonials of personal tragedies to publicly press for a law they said would have averted many of the 800 deaths of children

Donald Glover is retiring Childish Gambino

You would think working on both "Atlanta" and "Deadpool" for TV, starring in a Han Solo movie and voicing Simba in a remake of "The Lion King" would be enough reasons for Donald Glover to give up his music career.


Guns, bombs and pleas for peace: the drawings of Marawi children

PANTAR, Philippines (Reuters) - Children evacuated from the Philippines town of Marawi, where fighting has raged since Islamist militants seized it two weeks ago, are drawing pictures of their harrowing experiences as a form of therapy.


Childhood brain injury tied to adult anxiety, depression

(Reuters Health) - Children who sustained traumatic brain injuries may experience psychological effects like anxiety, phobias and depression more than a decade later, researchers say.

Why you should protect your child's online privacy

If you don't want to have the bejesus scared out of you, don't talk to an expert on kids' online privacy. If you knew what was really out there -- online predators, identity thieves, data miners -- you'd lock up the internet and throw away the key.


Pennsylvania man found guilty of child sexual assault of six sisters

(Reuters) - A Pennsylvania man was convicted of multiple counts of child sex abuse on Tuesday for sexually assaulting six sisters from a family he befriended and financially supported when they left their Amish faith, officials said.

Do Not Become Alarmed (Book)

Books of The Times: Soft Children Confront a Hard World in Maile Meloy’s New Novel

In “Do Not Become Alarmed,” six children vanish while on vacation with their parents in Central America.


100,000 children in extreme danger in Mosul, trapped behind Islamic State lines: U.N.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - About 100,000 children are trapped in extremely dangerous conditions in the remaining Islamic State-held enclave in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, the United Nations said on Monday.


UPDATE 1-India's Jet Airways in talks to buy 75 aircraft - sources

CANCUN, Mexico/NEW DELHI, June 5 (Reuters) - Jet Airways Ltd , India's biggest full service carrier by market share, is in talks to buy 75 single aisle aircraft with an option to purchase another 75, two people familiar with the plan said on Monday.


India's ICICI Bank to sell part stake in insurer ICICI Lombard via IPO

June 5 (Reuters) - India's ICICI Bank Ltd said on Monday its board had approved the sale of a part of its stake in ICICI Lombard General Insurance Co Ltd in an initial public offering.

Unsafe delivery of vaccine kills 15 children

In a remote village in South Sudan, 15 children died from severe toxicity caused by contaminated measles vaccines, government health investigators said Thursday. The National Adverse Events Following Immunization Committee, supported by the World Health Organization, and UNICEF vaccine safety experts examined the cases and those of 32 other children who suffered fever, vomiting and diarrhea.


Childhood cancer survivors have fewer long-term side effects: study

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Better treatment strategies for pediatric cancers are helping survivors live longer, with fewer serious health problems related to their treatment, U.S. researchers said on Friday.


Penn State ex-president sentenced to jail in Sandusky child sex abuse scandal

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - The former president of Pennsylvania State University was sentenced on Friday to four to 12 months in prison and two years probation on a child endangerment charge tied to a coverup of child sex abuse crimes by ex-coach Jerry Sandusky.

Child Abuse and Neglect

Former Penn State President Gets Jail Time in Child Molestation Scandal

The former president, Graham B. Spanier, must serve at least two months in jail for failing to report Jerry Sandusky’s molestation of a boy in a locker room.


Rotating wooden drum aims to help child development

WARSAW (Reuters) - A Polish musician has created an unusual interactive instrument - a larger-than life music box bristling with xylophones and drums - that he says can help educate children and aid...


Botched anti-measles campaign kills 15 children in South Sudan

JUBA (Reuters) - At least 15 children died in South Sudan in early May after health workers vaccinating them against measles used the same syringe without sterilizing it, the health minister said on Friday.


L.A. health officials misstated some cases of childhood lead exposure

New York (Reuters) - Los Angeles County overstated the number of local children with elevated lead tests in recent years, internal emails show, making it harder to track the public health burden of lead exposure in one of the country’s most densely populated areas.

Biden and Miles: Every child deserves a childhood


Parents have no right to dead child's Facebook account, German court says

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A German court rejected a mother's demand on Wednesday that Facebook grant her access to her deceased daughter's account.

How to build children's resilience

Childhood trauma can have lifelong health, social and behavioral consequences.

Did your child go shopping on Amazon? You may get your money back

If your child bought something in an app from Amazon's app store without your permission, you may get your money back.

Documentary Films and Programs

Review: Tainted Water, Bad Science and 8,000 Children Exposed to Lead

Llewellyn Smith’s ‘Poisoned Water,’ on Nova on PBS, examines the crisis over the drinking supply in Flint, Mich., and the ordinary heroes who helped resolve it.


'How much will it cost?' UK Labour leader Corbyn fumbles childcare policy launch

LONDON (Reuters) - Labour's Jeremy Corbyn, the man running to oust Theresa May as British prime minister, was unable to say how much his plans to reform childcare would cost as he launched the policy on Tuesday, attracting strong criticism from rivals.


Pain from India's phone wars extends beyond RCom's sibling spat

MUMBAI/BENGALURU (Reuters) - Reliance Communications' balance sheet troubles, which have wiped off more than a third of its value this month, have thrown into sharp relief the squeeze afflicting India's telecoms sector: fickle users, wafer-thin margins and crippling debt.


India's monsoon rains arrive at southern Kerala coast: weather office source

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Monsoon rains arrived at southern Kerala coast on Tuesday, a weather office source said, making it the earliest since 2011 and setting India up for higher farm output and robust economic growth.


India's Muslim meat traders plan legal action over new rules

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian meat traders plan to take the government to court over new rules banning the trading of cattle including buffalo for slaughter, calling it a move by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's administration to hurt the business run mainly by Muslims.

2 children found dead in hot car

Two young children were found dead Friday in Parker County, Texas, in what appears to be a hot car incident.

Nurse indicted in second child's death

The crime Texas prosecutors proved three decades ago was horrifying: A nurse entrusted with caring for young children killed a 15-month-old girl by injecting her with powerful drugs, they said.


BRIEF-India's Eros International Media March-qtr profit rises

* March quarter profit from continuing operations 206.7 million rupees versus profit 97.6 million rupees year ago


Modi, marking three years in power, opens India's longest bridge

GUWAHATI, India (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, marking three years in power, on Friday inaugurated the country's longest bridge that spans the vast Brahmaputra River in the northeastern state of Assam.


Celiac disease symptoms more likely to resolve in children

(Reuters Health) - In response to a strict gluten-free diet, celiac disease symptoms are more likely to go away in children than in adults, researchers say.


Child stars of Willem Dafoe movie break hearts at Cannes

CANNES, France (Reuters) - The cliché "not a dry eye in the house" summed up the ending of "The Florida Project", as the movie's two young stars - no older than six when they shot it - got a standing ovation at the premier and wiped away each others' tears.


India's Infosys touts plan to hire Americans in face of visa pressures

SAN FRANCISCO, May 24 (Reuters) - Infosys Ltd, the India-based computer services giant, on Wednesday touted its new strategy to hire and train 10,000 American workers over the next two years at the company's annual leadership meeting in San Francisco.

Manchester Arena Bombing (May, 2017)

Manchester Bombing Victims Include at Least 4 Parents Awaiting Children

The attack, as young fans left a pop concert, killed 22 people, making it the deadliest act of terrorism in Britain since 2005.


India's electric vehicles push likely to benefit Chinese car makers

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's ambitious plan to push electric vehicles at the expense of other technologies could benefit Chinese car makers seeking to enter the market, but is worrying established automakers in the country who have so far focused on making hybrid models.

Other times terror attacks targeted children

At any Ariana Grande concert, teenage and preteen girls make up a good deal of the crowd.


German court favors vaccination of child in parents' dispute

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's highest court ruled on Tuesday that a father could have his child vaccinated according to a schedule recommended by authorities even though the mother of the girl is opposed.


Manchester Concert Attack Kills 22; Children Among Dead

The explosion at an arena where the singer Ariana Grande was performing was almost certainly carried out by one person and is being treated as a “terrorist incident,” the police said.

Kayyem: Can we keep our children safe?

No victim of terror is deserving. But the attack at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, on Monday night feels different. It reaches into the core fear of any parent -- that you could send your child off to an event and for reasons that are cruel and evil never see them again.


Hawks' All-Star Millsap opts out of contract: reports

(The Sports Xchange) - Atlanta Hawks All-Star forward Paul Millsap has opted out of his contract for next season to become a free agent this summer, according to multiple reports Monday.


Eastwood recalls childhood dream to "pack a gun and ride a horse"

CANNES, France (Reuters) - Clint Eastwood was just like any other American boy growing up on the Westerns of the 1930s and 40s, he told a seminar at the Cannes Film Festival, where he recounted his rise to movie star and acclaimed director.


Pain of Deportation Swells When Children Are Left Behind

Migrants who return to Mexico must remake their lives. For some, it means a struggle to reunite with their children.

Wills and Estates

Wealth Matters: How the Wealthy Talk to Their Children About Money

Some children don’t want to hear about it, and others want to know more than their parents would like to divulge.


Italy passes law obliging parents to vaccinate children

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's cabinet approved a law on Friday obliging parents to vaccinate their children against infectious diseases as politicians spar over a spike in measles cases.


New Orleans removing last of four statues linked to pro-slavery era

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - New Orleans will remove a statue on Friday of Confederate military leader Robert E. Lee, the last of four monuments the city is taking down because they have been deemed racially offensive, officials said.


India's drug pricing regulator clamps down on drug cocktails

MUMBAI (Reuters) - India's drug pricing regulator has demanded explanations from 65 domestic and global drugmakers for selling new forms of essential diabetes and antibiotic drugs without its approval.


UPDATE 1-India's drug pricing regulator clamps down on drug cocktails

* Pricing regulator queries 65 domestic and global drugmakers

Books and Literature

Naples Journal: A Casting Call in Naples Lets Children Dream, if for a Day

This was not just any casting call, but one for HBO’s adaptation of “My Brilliant Friend,” the first of the four smash-hit Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante.

Deaths (Obituaries)

Jean Fritz, Who Wrote History Books for Children, Dies at 101

Her works were full of human narratives and quirks, backed by engaging prose and deep archival research.

Monkeys and Apes

Trilobites: Nearly a Decade Nursing? Study Pierces Orangutans’ Mother-Child Bond

Researchers think they may have found a clue for why the critically endangered apes nurse longer than any other mammal: environmental fluctuations in food.

Books and Literature

Books of The Times: ‘The End of Eddy’ Captures a Savage Childhood and a Global Movement

Édouard Louis’s deeply autobiographical novel recounts growing up gay among the white underclass in rural France.

Tests (Medical)

F.D.A. Warns of Faulty Lead Testing in Children and Mothers

The concern is that certain blood tests may have underestimated blood lead levels, providing false reassurance about risk for lead exposure.


India's drugmakers need more time to meet international standards: industry group

MUMBAI (Reuters) - India's big drugmakers will need at least five more years to improve their manufacturing standards and data reliability to a level demanded by international regulators, said a senior industry official.

Brady, Ian

Ian Brady, Unrepentant Killer of British Children, Dies at 79

Mr. Brady and his lover, Myra Hindley, were known as the Moors Murderers. He tortured and killed children, then buried them in a remote area.


Sadistic British child killer, 'Moors Murderer' Ian Brady, dies

LONDON (Reuters) - One of Britain's most notorious killers, "Moors murderer" Ian Brady, who murdered five children with his lover and accomplice Myra Hindley during a sadistic two-year reign of terror in the 1960s died on Monday.


Monsoon rains to arrive on India's southern coast on May 30: government source

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's monsoon rains are expected to arrive on the southern Kerala coast on May 30, two days ahead of schedule, a weather office source said on Tuesday.

Afghanistan War (2001-14)

Children Playing, Then a Blast: Mortar Round From an Earlier Afghan Battle Kills 5

The children, cousins 10 years old or under, were playing cricket when the ordnance exploded, adding to the rising number of children killed or wounded in the country’s war.


Global Health: How a Tsunami in Japan Endangered Children in Cambodia

The catastrophe set off an unexpected shortage of iodine, leaving children in faraway countries vulnerable to cognitive deficits.

Putin, Vladimir V

In Beijing, Vladimir Putin Plays Two Piano Tunes From His Childhood

The Russian president performed the songs from the 1950s while waiting for President Xi Jinping at a forum.


Monsoon rains reach India's Andaman islands early: weather office

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Monsoon rains, which are vital for farm output and economic growth in India, reached the country's Andaman and Nicobar islands on Sunday, six days ahead of schedule, the domestic weather office said in a statement.


Pope canonizes Fatima visionaries, giving Church new children saints

FATIMA, Portugal (Reuters) - Pope Francis gave the Catholic Church two of its youngest saints on Saturday, canonizing shepherd siblings believed to have seen the Madonna 100 years ago in a Portuguese town that is now a major pilgrimage site.


Pope canoness Fatima visionaries, giving Church new children saints

FATIMA, Portugal (Reuters) - Pope Francis gave the Catholic Church two of its youngest saints on Saturday, canonizing shepherd siblings believed to have seen the Madonna 100 years ago in a Portuguese...


Gunmen kill Saudi child, Pakistani in Shi'ite district: ministry

DOHA (Reuters) - Gunmen killed a Saudi child and a Pakistani man during an attack on workers at a building project in restive eastern Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, the interior ministry said on Friday.

Arizona radio station tells listeners how to 'hide' child porn

For the past two years, a radio station in a small Arizona city has been playing a public-service announcement that advises users of child pornography on how to escape police detection.


India's SBI Life set to hire eight banks for up to $1 bln IPO - IFR

MUMBAI, May 12 (Reuters) - India's SBI Life Insurance Co Ltd is set to hire eight banks including Citigroup, Deutsche Bank and BNP Paribas to manage its up to $1 billion initial public offering of shares, IFR reported on Friday, citing three sources with knowledge of the deal.

Deaths (Obituaries)

Stan Weston, 84, Dies; Sent G.I. Joe Marching Into Childhoods of Millions

Mr. Weston, inspired by the success of the Barbie doll, designed a line of rugged heroes. Hundreds of millions of the action figures have been sold.

Teacher fired for removing child's hijab

An 8-year-old girl says a substitute teacher forcibly removed her hijab at a school in the Bronx, New York.


Pope to canonize Portuguese shepherd children for Madonna visions

FATIMA, Portugal (Reuters) - Pope Francis will make two Portuguese shepherd children saints this week, crowning a belief that started with reported visions of the Madonna 100 years ago that have turned the Shrine of Fatima into one of the most famous in Christianity.


India's Snapdeal founders, Nexus reach deal with SoftBank for sale to Flipkart: TV

(Reuters) - Founders of Indian online marketplace Snapdeal and one of its early investors, Nexus, have reached an agreement with SoftBank Group that would allow the Japanese firm to move ahead with its plan to sell Snapdeal to bigger rival Flipkart, ET Now reported, citing sources.


India's Snapdeal founders, Nexus reach deal with SoftBank for sale to Flipkart - TV

May 11 (Reuters) - Founders of Indian online marketplace Snapdeal and one of its early investors, Nexus, have reached an agreement with SoftBank Group that would allow the Japanese firm to move ahead with its plan to sell Snapdeal to bigger rival Flipkart, ET Now reported, citing sources.

Pregnancy and Childbirth

Well Illustrated: Childbirth

Sometimes the birth we envision comes to fruition and sometimes it doesn’t.


India's HCL Technologies fourth-quarter consol profit jumps 28 percent, beats estimates

(Reuters) - HCL Technologies Ltd , India's fourth-biggest software services firm, reported a better-than-expected 28 percent rise in consolidated fourth-quarter profit, as it added more clients in the quarter and revenue from software services rose.


Spontaneous protests wrongfoot police, loosening India's grip on Kashmir

PULWAMA, India (Reuters) - Images of students confronting police on campuses have come to symbolize Kashmiri protests against Indian rule as much as gun-toting militants in fatigues, in what security officials and separatist leaders say is a dangerous new phase of the conflict.

Harrowing video shows Syria's war on its own children

Editor's note: This story contains extremely graphic images of dead children.

Politics and Government

China’s Newest Propaganda Format: Children’s Bedtime Stories

In a series of English-language videos, a father tells his daughter about President Xi Jinping’s plans for infrastructure across Asia.


10 South Korean children killed in traffic accident in China

BEIJING (Reuters) - Ten South Korean children and at least one Chinese national were killed in a traffic accident in China's eastern Shandong province on Tuesday morning, the South Korean consulate in China's nearby port city of Qingdao said.


Texas House considers child welfare bill that critics say discriminates

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The Republican-dominated Texas House of Representatives is set to consider this week a measure affecting adoption and other child welfare services that its sponsor says would protect faith-based groups, but critics say could allow for discrimination based on religion or sexual orientation.


BRIEF-Pfizer says multi-year extension of collaboration with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Children's Investment Fund Foundation

* Co, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Children's Investment Fund Foundation announced multi-year extension of collaboration


RPT--India's green car plan prioritises electric vehicles over hybrids

* India think-tank draft report suggests shift in green car policy


War forces two million South Sudanese children to flee homes

KIGALI (Reuters) - War and famine have forced more than 2 million children in South Sudan to flee their homes, creating the most worrying refugee crisis in the world, the United Nations said on Monday.


Tanzania Bus Crash Kills 35, Including 32 Schoolchildren

The victims were on a trip to another school when the vehicle they were in plunged into a ravine in the northern tourist region of Arusha on Saturday.


Exclusive: India's green car plan prioritizes electric vehicles over hybrids

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's most influential government think-tank has recommended lowering taxes and interest rates for loans on electric vehicles, while capping sales of conventional cars, signaling a dramatic shift in policy in one of the world's fastest growing auto markets.

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Peter Spier, Illustrator of Children’s Books, Dies at 89

His “Noah’s Ark,” which won the Caldecott Medal, showed Noah’s toils, like pulling a donkey onto the ark and trying to snatch two bees out of a swarm.


GLOBAL MARKETS-Oil spill leaves commodities spinning, safe-havens shine

* Oil drops to near 6-month low before rebounding on OPEC cut talk


Norway wealth fund excludes India's BHEL due to environment rules

OSLO (Reuters) - Norway's wealth fund has excluded Bharat Heavy Electricals from its investment portfolio because of concerns over the environmental impact of a plant the Indian company is building, the Norwegian central bank said on Friday.


India's top court upholds death penalty in Delhi gang rape case

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's top court on Friday upheld death sentences against four men who fatally gang raped a woman on board a bus in 2012, a crime that sparked widespread protests and drew international attention to violence against women.


Norway's wealth fund excludes India's Bharat Heavy Electricals from investments

OSLO, May 5 (Reuters) - India's Bharat Heavy Electricals has been excluded from the investment portfolio of Norway's $935-billion sovereign wealth fund, the world's largest, the Norwegian central bank said on Friday.


Having adult heart risk factors in childhood tied to mental decline later

Teens and even children with heart risk factors like high blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking may face midlife declines in memory and learning that are akin to an extra six years of aging, according to a Finnish study.


‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Sets Opening Night on Broadway

The play, based on an original story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, will land next April 22.


Tony Alamo, Christian preacher convicted of child abuse, dies at 82 -reports

(Reuters) - Tony Alamo, a disgraced Christian preacher who closely controlled the lives of his followers in several states and who was convicted in 2009 of sexually abusing children, has died in prison at age 82, according to media reports.

Books and Literature

Books of The Times: Patricia Lockwood Is a Priest’s Child (Really), but ‘From the Devil’

Lockwood, a poet, truly is the daughter of a Catholic priest. It’s a long story, and it roars from the gate in this memoir.


More evidence ties childhood obesity to type 2 diabetes in kids

(Reuters Health) - Rates of type 2 diabetes among children in the UK have been rising, and tracking along with increased obesity and severe obesity, researchers say.


UK's Duchess Catherine joins school children down on the farm

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s Duchess of Cambridge joined schoolchildren at a farm in western England on Wednesday as they learned about rural life and how food is produced.

Children and Childhood

Phys Ed: Child’s Play Is Good for All of Us

If all sedentary children started exercising every day, the United States could save $120 billion a year, a study found.


Without school, children of Mosul feared lost to poverty and conflict

MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Ahmed Abdelsattar was 14 when Islamic State swept into Mosul and declared a caliphate in 2014. Fearing he would be indoctrinated and sent to fight by the militants, his parents took him out of school.

Lunch and Breakfast Programs

Shaming Children So Parents Will Pay the School Lunch Bill

As school districts struggle under the burden of unpaid lunch debt, many of them resort to tactics that stigmatize children.


NBCUniversal Is Building Its Own Children’s Channel

A small cable property, Sprout, will soon become Universal Kids. The goal: to create an “umbrella brand” for TV cartoons, animated films and theme park attractions.


Global pension funds warm to India's solar power ambitions

MUMBAI/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Some of the world's biggest pension funds, seeking long-term returns on green investments, are scouting for deals in India's solar power sector, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is targeting $100 billion in investment in the next five years.

Melania Trump helps open garden at children's hospital

First lady Melania Trump visited Children's National Health System in Washington on Friday, her second visit there in as many months, to help the hospital mark the official opening of a healing garden dedicated to the first ladies of the United States.

Books and Literature

Nonfiction: A Life in 40 Questions: Harrowing Stories of Child Migration

In “Tell Me How It Ends,” Valeria Luiselli describes her encounters with undocumented migrant children and the circumstances that produced them.

Trump, you can stop the use of child soldiers

President Donald Trump's foreign policy priorities remain uncertain nearly 100 days into his administration. Early indications, however, point to human trafficking as one area of focus.


Pregnancy complications await childhood cancer survivors

(Reuters Health) - Women who manage to conceive after surviving childhood cancer may encounter treatment-related pregnancy and labor complications if they got radiation for their malignancies, a recent study suggests.


India's antitrust watchdog orders probe into Roche cancer drug

MUMBAI (Reuters) - India's antitrust regulator has ordered a probe into Swiss drugmaker Roche for allegedly using anti-competitive practices to restrict cheaper copies of a blockbuster cancer drug from reaching patients.

Facebook removes video reportedly showing child's death

Facebook has removed video that reportedly showed a man in Thailand killing his 11-month-old daughter, the social media company said Tuesday.

Mom writes children's book to explain IVF to son

Jo Zmood wanted to find a book to help explain to her son how she brought him into the world.


UPDATE 2-India's Wipro growth forecast hit by healthcare, weak retail

* CEO says healthcare, retail clients weighing on growth (Adds CEO comment, details)

Single, childless and nearing 40, I saw one real option


U.N. seeks to avert famine in Yemen, where a child dies every 10 minutes

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations needs massive funds to avert famine in Yemen and warring parties there must ensure humanitarian aid can be delivered, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Tuesday as he opened a donor conference in Geneva.

Court documents give details of female genital mutilation procedure on child

A 7-year-old girl who underwent a painful genital mutilation procedure told federal investigators that after a doctor completed the process, she was rewarded with a piece of cake for "doing good."


Poorest preschoolers most vulnerable to fatal child abuse

(Reuters Health) - Children in America’s poorest communities have three times the risk of dying from child abuse before age 5 as children in the wealthiest neighborhoods, a new study finds.


UPDATE 2-India's Reliance lifts Jio investment above $30 bln after record year

MUMBAI, April 24 (Reuters) - India's Reliance Industries plans to spend a further $2.8 billion on its Jio telecoms business in the current quarter, it said on Monday, taking its investment in the venture to more than $30 billion.


Childhood death of sibling might affect survivor’s lifespan

(Reuters Health) - Death of a sibling in childhood is associated with a greater risk of early death in the surviving brother or sister, researchers say.

Ex-child soldier wins prize for risking his life to protect wildlife

He has been beaten, threatened and imprisoned. But the former child soldier and winner of this year's Goldman Environmental Prize says he will not stop until those wanting to destroy the Democratic Republic of Congo's protected wildlife "are held responsible for their actions."

India's most exciting new luxury hotel

From atop a granite hill, the Alila Fort Bishangarh hotel surveys the rolling hills below.

Fires and Firefighters

House Fire Kills 5, Including 3 Children, in Queens

The fire, in a home on 208th Street in Queens Village, killed two adults; two boys, 2 and 9; and a teenage girl, law enforcement officials said.


Small children among five dead in New York house fire

(Reuters) - Five people, including small children, died on Sunday in a house fire in the New York City borough of Queens, the city's deadliest such blaze in two years, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.


Severe intestinal diseases increasing in Canadian children

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Canada has one of the world’s highest rates of childhood inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), with new diagnoses increasing the most among Canadian children younger than 5, new research has found.

FDA strengthens warning against codeine and tramadol for children

The Food and Drug Administration says medications containing codeine or tramadol should not be given to children, and warns that these drugs could cause serious risks including difficulty breathing and death.


At least 17 school children killed in minibus crash in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - At least 17 school children were killed when the minibus they were traveling in crashed into a truck and exploded into a ball of fire in Mpumalanga province, north of the capital Pretoria, emergency services said on Friday.


Havana walls brought to life with murals of wide-eyed children

HAVANA (Reuters) - The gigantic black and white portraits of children started appearing on walls around a suburban neighborhood of Havana two years ago, the work of Cuban artist Maisel Lopez.

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (2011)

The Children of Fukushima Return, Six Years After the Nuclear Disaster

In Naraha, some classrooms have as few as six students, but the school’s reopening is a powerful sign of renewal for the town, which was evacuated after the meltdown in 2011.


French regulator says up to 4,100 children victims of epilepsy drug

PARIS (Reuters) - An estimated 2,150 to 4,100 children in France suffered a major malformation in the womb between 1967 and 2016 after their mothers took a treatment against epilepsy and bipolar disorders known as valproate, France's drug regulator said on Thursday.

Child Care

Working Families: How Child Care Enriches Mothers, and Especially the Sons They Raise

Government spending on high-quality day care in early years delivers an economic boon that lasts three generations, research finds.


India's Paytm in talks with SoftBank to raise $1.2-$1.5 billion: report

(Reuters) - Electronics payments provider Paytm is in talks with Japan's SoftBank Group to raise $1.2 to $1.5 billion in cash, making the latter one of the largest shareholders in the fintech start-up, Mint newspaper reported on Wednesday citing sources.


India's Paytm in talks with SoftBank to raise $1.2 to $1.5 bln - report

April 19 (Reuters) - Electronics payments provider Paytm is in talks with Japan's SoftBank Group to raise $1.2 to $1.5 billion in cash, making the latter one of the largest shareholders in the fintech start-up, Mint newspaper reported on Wednesday citing sources.

India's most expensive film ever to cost ...

With a budget of $155 million, India is set to make the longest poem ever written into its most expensive film ever.


N.Y. man gets 25 years to life for 1979 missing child murder

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former delicatessen worker who killed 6-year-old New York City boy Etan Patz in a 1979 slaying that helped raise national awareness about the plight of abducted children was sentenced on Tuesday to 25 years to life in prison.


Georgetown University renames buildings to atone for slavery ties

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Georgetown University moved to atone for its historical links to slavery on Tuesday by holding a religious service and renaming buildings after African-Americans, including for...


India's monsoon rains seen at average levels in 2017: weather office

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's crucial monsoon rains are expected to be average in 2017, a senior official at the weather office said on Tuesday, easing concerns over farm and economic growth in the world's leading producer of an array of agricultural goods.


N.Y. man to be sentenced for murder in infamous 1979 missing child case

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The former delicatessen worker convicted of killing 6-year-old Etan Patz is due to be sentenced on Tuesday, nearly 40 years after the boy's disappearance in New York City helped raise national awareness about the plight of abducted children.


German Merck aims to role out child formula for schistosomiasis drug

GENEVA, April 18 (Reuters) - Merck KGaA said it is developing a children's formula of its drug to treat schistosomiasis, a parasitic worm disease that infects millions of poor people in Africa and Asia.


The Checkup: Too Clean for Our Children’s Good?

We need to study the health consequences of the modern and more “hygienic” built environment, which is clean but by no means sterile.


Roche's emicizumab hemophilia drug shows positive results with children

ZURICH (Reuters) - Roche Holding AG's emicizumab drug for treating hemophilia A showed positive interim results in a phase III study with children with inhibitors to clotting protein factor VIII, the Swiss drugmaker said on Monday.


Roche's emicizumab haemophilia drug shows positive results with children

ZURICH, April 17 (Reuters) - Roche Holding AG's emicizumab drug for treating haemophilia A showed positive interim results in a phase III study with children with inhibitors to clotting protein factor VIII, the Swiss drugmaker said on Monday.


BRIEF-Genentech announces positive interim results for Emicizumab in phase III study of children with Hemophilia A

* Genentech announces positive interim results for Emicizumab in phase III study of children with Hemophilia A

They could change India's skylines forever

"India is the place to be," said Amit Gupta, architect and co-founder of Indian design firm Studio Symbiosis.

Birth Rates

Fewer Children in Greece May Add to Its Financial Crisis

Demographers in Europe say lower birthrates in the south will mean weaker growth and productivity, producing fiscal problems.

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American Aid Worker Is Cleared of Child Abuse Charges in Egypt

Aya Hijazi, who founded a nonprofit to care for street children in Cairo, was accused of human trafficking in a case rights groups called “a travesty.”