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India's Gandhi scion seeks revival in PM Modi's backyard

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Rahul Gandhi, the scion of India's most fabled political dynasty, will within weeks be crowned leader of the Congress party, handing him a freer rein to prove if he can mount a credible challenge to the dominance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Body of small child found during search for 3-year-old

Texas authorities on Sunday discovered the body of a small child while searching for a 3-year-old girl who has been missing for more than two weeks.

US bans 5 chemicals in children's toys

Children's toys and child care products will soon have fewer chemicals in them. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted Wednesday to ban five kinds of phthalate chemicals from these products. The vote was 3 to 2 in favor of the restrictions.

Suspected child abusers featured on 'The Hunt' are caught

Two suspected child abusers, on the lam for over 17 years, were taken into custody early Wednesday morning, less than a month after the allegations against them were featured on HLN's "The Hunt with John Walsh."


Rohingya refugee children in Bangladesh in dire state: UNICEF

GENEVA (Reuters) - Nearly 340,000 Rohingya children are living in squalid conditions in Bangladesh camps where they lack enough food, clean water and health care, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday.


Trump administration weighs tighter vetting for women, children refugees: sources

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Trump administration is considering tightening the vetting process for women and children seeking to enter the United States as refugees, a proposal that if adopted would bring security checks closer to those for adult men, three sources with knowledge of the plan told Reuters.

Eyes and Eyesight

Ebola’s Legacy: Children With Cataracts

Cataracts usually afflict the old, but doctors in Africa have been shocked to find them in Ebola survivors as young as 5.

Education (K-12)

Op-Ed Contributor: What’s Really Keeping Pakistan’s Children Out of School?

Since 2010, the government has more than doubled its education budget. But it has misdiagnosed the problem.

Billy Joel expecting third child

Billy Joel is going to be a dad for the third time.


Former Penn State coach Sandusky denied new child sex abuse trial

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - A Pennsylvania judge on Wednesday denied a request by former Penn State University football coach Jerry Sandusky for a new trial on charges that he sexually assaulted pre-teen and teenaged boys for 15 years.


Some children's GPS watches have security flaws: EU consumer group

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Some smartwatches for children sold in Europe pose security risks, including potentially allowing hackers to take control of and track a watch, the EU's main consumer lobby said on Wednesday, following a new report by one of its members.


Texas house fire kills mother, five children in 'horrific scene'

(Reuters) - Five children and their mother were killed early on Wednesday when fire engulfed their Texas home about 100 miles east northeast of Houston, Hardin County Sheriff Mark Davis told KFDM TV news.


Central African Republic children starve as aid workers flee fighting

GENEVA (Reuters) - Children are starving to death in Central African Republic because violence has forced aid workers to pull out, the United Nations humanitarian coordinator for the country said on Tuesday.


India's Andhra Pradesh investigates planting of Monsanto's unapproved GM cotton

GUNTUR, India (Reuters) - One of India's biggest cotton-growing states has formed a panel to investigate how 15 percent of the state's cotton acreage has been planted with a non-approved genetically modified strain developed by Monsanto and may bring criminal charges.


India's Flipkart in talks to buy stake in BookMyShow - Economic Times

Oct 16 (Reuters) - Indian e-commerce firm Flipkart is in talks for a partnership with online ticketing platform BookMyShow in a bid to build out its services and transaction offering, the Economic Times newspaper reported.

Prisons and Prisoners

A Gun to His Head as a Child. In Prison as an Adult.

Taking childhood trauma into account means asking inmates “What happened to you?” instead of “What is wrong with you?”


Gunmen attack Kenyan school, killing six children: officials

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Seven people, six of them children, were killed in northern Kenya on Saturday when unknown assailants attacked a school, officials said.


India's NSL to pursue intellectual property litigation with Monsanto

NEW DELHI, Oct 14 (Reuters) - India's Nuziveedu Seeds Ltd (NSL) said on Saturday it will not settle a long-standing intellectual property dispute with Monsanto Co over genetically modified (GM) cotton, despite some other Indian companies doing so in recent weeks.

Kidnapping and Hostages

Canadian Held Hostage in Afghanistan Says Militants Killed His Child

Joshua Boyle, who with his family was freed by Pakistani troops, also said his wife had been raped during their five-year captivity by the Haqqani network.


Canadian says child killed, U.S. wife raped during Afghan kidnapping

OTTAWA/TORONTO (Reuters) - A U.S.-Canadian couple freed in Pakistan this week, nearly five years after being abducted in Afghanistan, returned to Canada on Friday where the husband said one of his children had been murdered and his wife had been raped.


WHO says attack on Syria vaccine store leaves children at risk

LONDON (Reuters) - The World Health Organization said on Friday it had received reports of an attack on medical facilities in eastern Syria that had destroyed a store containing more than 130,000 vaccine doses against measles and polio.


UPDATE 3-India's Reliance sees telecoms arm Jio turning profitable "shortly"

* To continue pumping about $1 bln per quarter into Jio (Adds analyst comment, exec comment on debt)


UPDATE 2-India's Reliance sees telecoms arm Jio turning profitable "shortly"

* To continue pumping about $1 bln per quarter into Jio (Adds details on Jio, executive comments, background)


Kidnapped U.S.-Canadian couple, three children freed in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A kidnapped U.S.-Canadian couple and their three children born in captivity have been freed in Pakistan, nearly five years after the couple was abducted in neighboring Afghanistan, Pakistani and U.S. officials said on Thursday.

Their children were born in captivity

Five years after being taken hostage in Afghanistan by the Taliban, Caitlan Coleman, her husband, Joshua Boyle, and their children have been freed.


Toy-telligence the smart choice for children at Christmas

LONDON (Reuters) - Tyler the Playful Tiger, who roars, purrs and moves during play is among a group of animatronic toys tipped to be the most in demand for Christmas, according to the world's oldest...


Pakistan army rescues kidnapped U.S.-Canadian couple and three children

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's army said on Thursday it had rescued a kidnapped U.S.-Canadian couple and their three children after receiving intelligence from the United States, nearly five years after the couple was abducted in Afghanistan.


Pakistan rescues Canadian, American couple and their three children from 'terrorist custody'

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani troops have rescued a Canadian man, his American wife and their three children from "terrorist custody" following a tip from U.S. intelligence agencies, the army said on Thursday.


India's Jet Airways confirms order for 75 Boeing aircraft

NEW DELHI, Oct 11 (Reuters) - Jet Airways said on Wednesday it had agreed to buy 75 Boeing 737 Max aircraft, and that it could purchase another 75 to help it expand in a booming Indian market.


India's Ola raises $1.1 billion in Tencent, SoftBank-led round, seeks another $1 billion

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian ride-hailing firm Ola said on Wednesday it has raised $1.1 billion from investors led by China's Tencent Holdings and Japan's SoftBank Group and is in advanced talks with other investors for another $1 billion.

Mom: I remember when my children couldn't breathe

The days when all three of her children were simultaneously gasping for air are interminably etched in Laura Kellogg's mind.


Child and teen obesity soars tenfold worldwide in 40 years: WHO report

GENEVA (Reuters) - The number of obese children and adolescents worldwide has jumped tenfold in the past 40 years and the rise is accelerating in low- and middle-income countries, especially in Asia, a major study said on Wednesday.


German police detain man after posting child abuse victim's photo

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German police detained a suspected child sex abuser on Tuesday after taking the extraordinary step of circulating a photograph of his 4-year-old victim found on the dark web, a prosecutor said.

Child Soldiers

2 Paths for Yemen’s War-Scarred Children: Combat, or Marriage

The country is facing a humanitarian crisis that is threatening the lives, health and futures of its young people.


BRIEF-General Mills issues voluntary recall of Cascadian Farm Organic Cinnamon Raisin Granola cereal

* General Mills issues voluntary recall of Cascadian Farm Organic Cinnamon Raisin Granola cereal


Cholera claims unborn children as epidemic spreads Yemen misery

HODEIDAH, Yemen (Reuters) - One of the latest victims of the cholera epidemic that has killed more than 2,000 people in Yemen had yet to even take her first breath.


Kyrgios finds purpose in helping underprivileged children

(Reuters) - Firebrand Australian Nick Kyrgios believes he has found his life's purpose in helping underprivileged children and he is planning to set up a facility for them in Melbourne.

Blood Pressure

Personal Health: New Blood Pressure Guidelines for Children

Study after study has demonstrated that elevated blood pressure is correctly diagnosed in less than one-quarter of the children who have it.


At least 12 Rohingya, mainly children, drown in latest boat disaster - police

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Reuters) - At least 12 Rohingya Muslim refugees, mainly children, drowned when their boats capsized on the way to Bangladesh, police said on Monday, the latest victims of violence in Myanmar that has forced more than half a million people from their homes.

United States Politics and Government

For Deal on ‘Dreamers,’ White House Will Demand Crackdown on Child Border Crossers

President Trump will demand curbs on children from Central America and a boost in border security before he agrees to a “Dreamers” deal for legal status.


UPDATE 1-India's Reliance sells U.S. shale asset for $126 mln

MUMBAI, Oct 6 (Reuters) - Indian oil-to-telecoms conglomerate Reliance Industries Ltd has agreed to sell a shale oil and gas block in the United States for $126 million, a third of the price it paid seven years ago, amid a downturn in global oil prices.


Pope tells web companies: use profits to protect children

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis told executives of leading internet companies on Friday to use "their great profits" to defend children from sexual exploitation and other dangers lurking online.

Children killed after day care center fire

At least four children have been killed, and several others injured, after a man torched a day care center in southeastern Brazil on Thursday.


Audrey Hepburn's son sues children's charity over use of mother's name

(Reuters) - A son of the late actress and humanitarian Audrey Hepburn on Thursday sued a children's charity bearing her name to stop it from putting the Hepburn name on a wide array of clothing, handbags, portraits, umbrellas and other items.


Venezuela's unrest, food scarcity take psychological toll on children

LOS TEQUES, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuelan siblings Jeremias, 8, and Victoria, 3, were in their pajamas and preparing to go to bed when a tear gas canister smashed through their family's kitchen window in early July.


BRIEF-India's southern state in initial discussions with Apple for setting up operations

Oct 5 (Reuters) - India's Andhra Pradesh State Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu Says Discussions With Apple Inc for setting up operations in the southern Indian state are in the initial stage.

India's economy is in a downward spiral

India's economy, once hailed as a global bright spot, is down in the dumps.


U.N. panel calls on North Korea to end torture, child labor

GENEVA (Reuters) - A United Nations human rights panel said on Wednesday it had credible allegations that North Korean authorities had tortured or mistreated children forced to return from abroad or held in detention.


India's RCom says applies to withdraw towers spin-off plan

MUMBAI, Oct 4 (Reuters) - India's Reliance Communications said on Wednesday it had applied to a tribunal to withdraw a plan to spin-off its towers business, as a first step towards renegotiating the deal after ending plans to merge its wireless business with a rival.


U.N. panel urges North Korea to end child discrimination, labor

GENEVA (Reuters) - A United Nations panel for child rights said on Wednesday that North Korea was punishing children for their "parents' crimes" or political views by discrimination and urged Pyongyang to end child labor.


Vatican vows to seek truth about diplomat in child pornography case

ROME, Oct 3 (Reuters) - The Vatican, at the start of a conference on protecting children from online sexual abuse, pledged on Tuesday to seek the truth about one of its diplomats whom it recalled after he became suspected of possessing child pornography.


UPDATE 1-India's Reliance makes first purchase of U.S. crude - sources

NEW DELHI/SINGAPORE, Oct 3 (Reuters) - India's Reliance Industries Ltd has purchased crude oil cargoes from the United States for the first time, drawn by the lower price for U.S. oil versus global benchmarks, three trade sources said on Tuesday.

Books and Literature

Match Book: Illustrated Books to Help Children Embrace Their Differences

Ferdinand the peaceful bull, a blue crayon named Red and other misunderstood heroes who teach kids it’s ok to be themselves.

How to teach children about gender equality

Ask a group of New Jersey fifth- and sixth-graders about the differences between girls and boys, and at first it gets a tad uncomfortable.


India's Ola said to raise $2 billion from SoftBank, Tencent: Bloomberg

(Reuters) - India's ride-hailing company Ola on Monday secured $2 billion in new funding from a group of investors, including SoftBank Group Corp and Tencent Holdings Ltd , Bloomberg reported, citing a person familiar with the matter.

Groom jumps in lake to save child and other things this week

We learned this week that not all heroes wear capes and the one question you should not ask Jane Fonda. Here's the lighter, politics-free side of this past week's news.

Deaths (Fatalities)

The New Old Age: A Child’s Death Brings ‘Trauma That Doesn’t Go Away’

Even more than other parents, the elderly struggle to recover from the death of a child.


UPDATE 1-Bombardier signs deal with India's SpiceJet for 50 Q400 prop planes

Sept 29 (Reuters) - Bombardier Inc has finalized a deal to sell up to 50 Q400 planes to India's SpiceJet valued at $1.7 billion by list prices, its largest single order to date for the turboprop plane, the Canadian company said on Friday.


Toddler shoots two children at Michigan home

(Reuters) - A toddler shot and wounded two 3-year-old children with a handgun at a Michigan home where a woman was babysitting several youngsters, police and local media said on Thursday.


BRIEF-India's Cigna TTK Health Insurance says gets regulator nod for raising Cigna Corp stake in JV

Sept 28 (Reuters) - * India's Cigna TTK Health Insurance Says Gets Insurance Regulator Nod For Increasing Cigna Corp's stake in JV to 49 percent from 26 percent Source text for Eikon: [Cigna TTK Health Insurance received approval on September 26, 2017 from the IRDAI for increase of Cigna’s stake from 26% to 49% in the joint venture. Cigna TTK Health Insurance is a joint venture between U.S. based global health service leader, Cigna Corporation (NYSE:CI), and Indian conglomerate TTK Group] Furthe


High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy Tied to Obesity in Children

Even maternal blood pressure levels not generally considered dangerous can raise the obesity risk in offspring.

Reports: Khloé Kardashian expecting first child

Reports that Khloé Kardashian is pregnant with her first child caused a stir with Kardashian fans on social media.


Reality star Khloe Kardashian reported to be pregnant with first child

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Reality star Khloe Kardashian, the younger sister of Kim Kardashian, is pregnant, multiple publications reported on Tuesday, days after Kylie Jenner, the youngest member of the celebrity family, was reported to be expecting her first child.

Hospitalized children at risk due to lack of fuel

The lives of 12 hospitalized children in San Juan, Puerto Rico, are in danger due to a diesel shortage after extensive damage to the US island territory's fuel supply infrastructure, a hospital administrator said.

Suited-up groom jumps into lake to save drowning child

Not all heroes wear capes. This one had on a wedding suit.

Groom dives in for drowning child

While taking photos on his wedding day, Clayton Cook pulled a child struggling to swim from a nearby lake.


Child urges bankruptcy judge to prevent Toys 'R' Us chain from closing

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The thought of Toys 'R' Us closing stores due to its recent bankruptcy filing is too much for one nine-year-old to bear, according to court papers.

United States Politics and Government

Immigration Officials Taking New Steps to Discourage Smuggling of Children

Officials said the sweep was intended to deter parents in the United States illegally from paying smugglers to bring their children into the country.


Megan Fairchild, the Swan With the Screwball Spark

“It’s big Megan” now. After a stint on Broadway and a divorce, Ms. Fairchild has arrived at a new level of artistry and her first Odette-Odile.


India's drug prices regulator calls for better oversight of private hospitals

MUMBAI (Reuters) - India's drug pricing authority called for better regulation of the country's massive private healthcare industry on Friday to ensure government efforts to cut prices benefit patients.


Art Review: A Head-Spinning, Hope-Inspiring Showcase of Art

In Latin American Los Angeles, bridges soar, walls fall. A grand exchange beckons the art traveler to “Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA.”


North Korea says sanctions threaten survival of its children

GENEVA (Reuters) - North Korea told a U.N. rights panel that international sanctions imposed on it over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs would endanger the survival of North Korean children.


UPDATE 1-Miner Hochschild boosts hunt for acquisitions -executive

AREQUIPA, Peru, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Precious metals miner Hochschild Mining Plc is doubling down on efforts to find early-stage mining projects to acquire and is open to deposits that depart from its focus on silver and gold, the chief executive said on Wednesday.


General Mills profit misses as U.S. yogurt sales sour

(Reuters) - General Mills Inc reported a smaller-than-expected quarterly profit as yogurt and cereal sales declined in North America, sending the company's shares down 9 percent to their lowest levels in nearly two years.


General Mills profit misses on weak yogurt, cereal sales

(Reuters) - General Mills Inc reported a smaller-than-expected quarterly profit, hurt by lower sales of its yogurts and cereals in North America.


BRIEF-General Mills CFO says we expect sales results to strengthen

* CFO- we expect sales results to strengthen & 1st quarter margin headwinds to lessen in remainder of the year, driving growth on profit EPS in the 2nd half Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:


UPDATE 1-General Mills profit misses on weak yogurt, cereal sales

Sept 20 (Reuters) - General Mills Inc reported a smaller-than-expected quarterly profit, hurt by lower sales of its yogurts and cereals in North America.


Desperate night search for children in Mexico school ruins after quake

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Desperate parents and rescue workers pulled through rubble in a floodlit search on Wednesday for dozens of young children feared buried under a Mexico City school destroyed by the country's most lethal earthquake in a generation.


India's ICICI Lombard IPO gets fully subscribed, bidding ends later on Tues

MUMBAI, Sept 19 (Reuters) - Indian insurer ICICI Lombard's initial public offering of shares to raise as much as 57 billion rupees ($888.40 million) was fully subscribed early on the last day of the sale on Tuesday, stock exchange data showed.

UNICEF: Children at heart of Rohingya crisis

UNICEF'S Edouard Beigbeder explains to CNN what is needed for child refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar.


UPDATE 2-China's Fosun Pharma to buy smaller stake in India's Gland Pharma for $1.1 bln

* Deal no longer needs Indian govt nod, seen closing in 2 weeks


Syrian Children Return to School Amid the Ruins in a Rebel-Held Area

In the battered suburb of Douma on the outskirts of Damascus, students are trying to resume their studies, which have been cut short by war.


Son of ex-Penn State coach Sandusky pleads guilty to child sex charges

(Reuters) - The 41-year-old adopted son of Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State University assistant football coach convicted of sexually abusing young boys, pleaded guilty on Friday to soliciting two teenage sisters for sex, Pennsylvania prosecutors said.

Sandusky's son pleads guilty to 14 counts of child sexual abuse

Jeffrey Sandusky, the son of convicted sex abuser and former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky, pleaded guilty Friday to all 14 counts of child sexual abuse against him.

Vatican diplomat in US recalled to Rome amid child porn investigation

A Vatican diplomat in Washington has been recalled to Rome after the US State Department notified the Holy See of "a possible violation of laws relating to child pornography images."


Obese minority children less likely to have weight-loss surgery

(Reuters Health) - Obese white teens in the U.S. are much more likely obese black or Hispanic teens to be treated with weight loss surgery, according to a recent study.


Vatican recalls Washington diplomat amid child pornography investigation

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican on Friday said it has recalled one of its diplomats from Washington after the U.S. State Department said the priest may have violated child pornography laws, a statement said.


At Risk in Rohingya Exodus: 230,000 Children, Hundreds All Alone

More than half of the 400,000 refugees who have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh since late August are children, and hundreds came without parents, Unicef said.

Families and Family Life

Ties: Childless in a Houseful of Children

I alone among eight siblings have decided not to breed – a choice that baffles everyone in a family as fertile as mine.


Motor racing: Force India's Perez nears decision time on future

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Sergio Perez expects to have his Formula One future decided before next month’s Malaysian Grand Prix and said on Thursday that he is currently weighing up two options.


Review: In Angelina Jolie’s New Movie, a Child’s-Eye View of War

“First They Killed My Father” depicts life under the Khmer Rouge in a film taken from Loung Ung’s memoir.


Child psychiatric disorders tied to in utero antidepressant exposure

(Reuters Health) - Antidepressant use during pregnancy is tied to an increased risk of psychiatric illnesses, especially mood disorders, in children, according to a new study.


Childhood cancer survivors face lifetime of chronic health conditions

People who survive cancer in childhood have almost twice as many chronic health conditions by age 50, on average, as the general population, according to results from the St. Jude Lifetime Cohort Study.


Drones destroy child's drawing in Banksy protest at UK arms fair

LONDON (Reuters) - Military drones destroy a child's picture in British graffiti artist Banksy's latest work, the highlight of an anti-war art show in London which protests against one of the world's biggest arms fairs this week.


BRIEF-China Lodging Group signs MOU with India's Oyo

* China Lodging Group, Limited and Oyo announce strategic alliance


Key U.S. senators reach deal on funding children's health program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Leaders of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee said on Tuesday they reached an agreement to finance a federal insurance program for millions of lower-income children and pregnant women that was due to expire at the end of the month.

United States Politics and Government

Eric Luke Trump, the President’s Newest Grandchild, Is Born to Lara and Eric Trump

President Trump shared a rare bit of personal news on Twitter: The first grandchild of his presidency, a boy, was born on Tuesday morning.

Child Abuse and Neglect

Australian Catholic Church Falls Short on Safeguards for Children, Study Finds

A report on sexual abuse in the global church found that Australia’s has done less than its counterparts in similar countries to protect children in its care.

Seattle mayor resigns after fifth child sex-abuse allegation

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced his resignation Tuesday, hours after new sexual abuse allegations surfaced against the embattled mayor. Murray denied the allegations, as he has in the past. He said he was resigning effective 5 p.m. Wednesday so his "personal issues" would not interfere with the administration of city government.

Trump's ninth grandchild born

President Donald Trump is a grandfather for the ninth time: son Eric, 33, and wife Lara, 34, welcomed their first child, Eric "Luke" Trump on Tuesday.


Child injuries in ATVs dropped after age-restriction law

(Reuters Health) - Restricting use of off-road vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), for younger children and teens may help curb the number of youth who get seriously injured in crashes, a U.S. study suggests.


Pope hopes Trump re-thinks DACA decision on immigrant children

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (Reuters) - Pope Francis said he hoped U.S. President Donald Trump would re-think his decision to end a program protecting undocumented immigrant children, saying it was important for young people to have roots.

9/11 dust tied to heart risk in children, study says

When two hijacked passenger planes crashed into the World Trade Center towers on September 11, 2001, a massive cloud of dust swept across the New York skyline.


Exclusive: Iraq holding 1,400 foreign wives, children of suspected Islamic State fighters

SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi authorities are holding 1,400 foreign wives and children of suspected Islamic State fighters after government forces expelled the jihadist group from one of its last remaining strongholds in Iraq, security and aid officials said.


India's auto industry gears up for government's electric vehicles push

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's aggressive push to electrify all new vehicles by 2030 is compelling auto part manufacturers and carmakers to draw up early plans for electrification, company executives said.


Exclusive: Iraq holding 1,400 foreign wives, children of suspected ISIS fighters

SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi authorities are holding 1,400 foreign wives and children of suspected Islamic State fighters in a camp after government forces expelled the jihadist group from one of its last remaining strongholds in Iraq, security and aid officials said.


DACA tied to better mental health for children of immigrants

(Reuters Health) - Protecting young undocumented immigrants known as “dreamers” from deportation may also help lower the risk of mental health problems for their U.S.-born children, a recent study suggests.

Hurricane Katrina (2005)

Life After the Storm: Children Who Survived Katrina Offer Lessons

Now in their 20s, they urge the youngest survivors of Harvey and Irma to seek stability from one ‘solid anchor’ — a parent, teacher, pastor or sibling


Turkish minister says EU turning negotiations into 'children's game'

TALLINN (Reuters) - Turkey said on Friday the European Union was making a "child's game" out of its membership talks, wrangling over threats to end them, and reminded the bloc of its strategic importance abutting Middle Eastern conflict zones.


Monsanto to sell its cotton seed brand to India's Tierra Agrotech

NEW DELHI, Sept 8 (Reuters) - Monsanto Co will sell its small branded cotton seed business to local firm Tierra Agrotech Private Ltd, but remains fully committed to India's agriculture sector, a Monsanto India spokesman said on Friday.


UPDATE 3-India's Eicher ready to bid up to $2 bln for Ducati - paper

* Eicher believed to be only Asian firm left in auction -paper


Art Review: Kara Walker Traces Slavery’s Bitter Legacy With New Ways of Drawing

After the triumphant “Sugar Baby,” the artist pushes her incendiary art into the present, merging collage, political cartoon and history painting.


UPDATE 1-India's Eicher set to make $1.8 bln-$2 bln binding bid for Ducati - paper

* Eicher believed to be only Asian firm left in auction -paper


Fire at building in India's Mumbai kills at least six

MUMBAI (Reuters) - A blaze in a building under construction in a suburb of the Indian city of Mumbai killed at least six people, most of them laborers, and injured nearly a dozen, fire and police officials said on Thursday.


India's Eicher set to make $1.8 billion-$2 billion binding bid for Ducati: paper

(Reuters) - India's Eicher Motors Ltd , maker of Royal Enfield classic motorbikes, is set to make a binding takeover bid for Italian motorcycle manufacturer Ducati for $1.8 billion-$2 billion, the Economic Times daily reported on Thursday.


India's Eicher set to make $1.8 bln-$2 bln binding bid for Ducati - paper

Sept 7 (Reuters) - India's Eicher Motors Ltd, maker of Royal Enfield classic motorbikes, is set to make a binding takeover bid for Italian motorcyle manufacturer Ducati for $1.8 billion-$2 billion, the Economic Times daily reported on Thursday.


Indonesian school a launchpad for child fighters in Syria's Islamic State

SUKAJAYA, Indonesia (Reuters) - Hatf Saiful Rasul was 11 years old when he told his father, a convicted Islamic militant, that he wanted to leave school and go to Syria to fight for Islamic State.

Mobile Applications

It’s 10 P.M. Do You Know What Apps Your Children Are Using?

A brief primer on the apps, and their minefields, keeping teens and tweens glued to their phones.

Trump, Barron (2006- )

Two Trump Children Escape the Traditional Spectacle as School Begins

Barron and Tiffany Trump have been afforded breathing room while starting school in the Washington area. Not all first children have had it so easy.

Education (K-12)

Education Issue 2017: Michigan Gambled on Charter Schools. Its Children Lost.

Free-market boosters, including Betsy DeVos, promised that a radical expansion of charter schools would fix the stark inequalities in the state’s education system. The results in the classrooms are far more complicated.


Italy investigates malaria death of child who had not been abroad

ROME (Reuters) - A four-year old girl has died of a severe form of malaria contracted in Italy, where the disease is supposed to have been eradicated years ago nearly half a century ago.

United States Politics and Government

Trump Signals End to DACA Protection for Immigrant Children

The policy change would affect about 800,000 undocumented immigrants, but the president signaled he will delay ending the program so Congress can replace it.


India's Modi heads to Myanmar as Rohingya refugee crisis worsens

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will discuss rising violence in Myanmar's western Rakhine state during a visit that begins on Tuesday, and push for greater progress on long-running Indian infrastructure projects, officials said.


UPDATE 2-New York vows to sue Trump over immigrant children protections

Sept 4 (Reuters) - New York and Washington state on Monday vowed to sue President Donald Trump if he scraps a program shielding from deportation immigrants who came to the United States illegally as children.


UPDATE 1-New York vows to sue Trump over immigrant children protections

Sept 4 (Reuters) - New York and Washington state on Monday vowed to sue President Donald Trump if he scraps a program shielding from deportation immigrants who came to the United States illegally as children.


Britain's Prince William and wife Kate expecting third child

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate are expecting their third child, their office said on Monday after the Duchess was forced to cancel an engagement due to severe morning sickness.


New York vows to sue Trump over immigrant children protections

(Reuters) - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state's attorney general on Monday vowed to sue President Donald Trump if he scraps a program shielding from deportation immigrants who came to the United States illegally as children.

William and Kate expecting third child

Kensington Palace announced September 4 that the Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant with her third child.

Royal Families

Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, Expecting 3rd Child

The child will be fifth in line to the British throne; the couple already has two children, George, 4, and Charlotte, 2.


UK's Prince William and wife Kate expecting third child

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate are expecting their third child, their office said on Monday after the Duchess was forced to cancel an engagement due to severe morning sickness.


UK's Prince William and wife Kate expecting third child: palace

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate are expecting a third child, their office said on Monday.


Philippine army says taking fire from women, children in Marawi battle

MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - Philippine troops fighting Islamic State-linked rebels in a southern city have encountered armed resistance from women and children, the military said on Monday, as troops make a final push to end a conflict that has raged for more than 100 days.


Shanghai punishes cop who downed woman, child in parking ticket row

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Shanghai's police department has punished an officer who shoved a woman and the toddler she was holding to the ground in an incident captured on video, sparking a torrent of online criticism.

Colleges and Universities

Calhoun Who? Yale Drops Name of Slavery Advocate for Grace Hopper

The college named for a proponent of white supremacy will be rededicated to Rear Adm. Grace Hopper, a computer programmer.


Trump hugs children, serves food in Houston as city fights back from flooding

HOUSTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump tried on the role of "comforter-in-chief" on Saturday, playing with children in an evacuation center and passing out food and supplies to those in need after Hurricane Harvey's assault on Houston.


Trump hugs children, serves food in visit to victims of Harvey

HOUSTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump flew to Houston on Saturday to meet with victims of Hurricane Harvey and see the effects of the record-setting storm while he presses for a multi-billion-dollar aid package.


George Clooney tackles 'original sin' of slavery and racism in dark comedy

VENICE (Reuters) - Breaking the brittle veneer of the picture-perfect suburbs of 1950s America, George Clooney's new satire tackles racial prejudice which the actor and director said on Saturday continues to erupt in today's angry society.


Video of Police Officer Knocking Down Woman and Child Incenses China

A street altercation in Shanghai has renewed a national discussion about the powers of the police to push back against irate residents.


Childhood cancer survivors may face decades of high medical costs

(Reuters Health) - Childhood cancer survivors may face steep out-of-pocket medical expenses well into adulthood, a recent U.S. study suggests.


Trump: decision on immigrant children coming Friday or this weekend

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump, who is considering ending a program that allowed young immigrants who came to the United States with their parents illegally to stay in the country, said he would have a decision on the issue later on Friday or over the weekend.


Rohingya women, children die in desperate boat escape from Myanmar

SHAH PORIR DWIP ISLAND, Bangladesh (Reuters) - On a remote beach looking out onto the Bay of Bengal, a baby boy lies swaddled in cloth, his face smeared with wet sand. The bodies of nine more children and eight women lie alongside. Another woman and a child have already been buried.


India's eighth navigation satellite implodes on take off

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's eighth navigation satellite imploded shortly after lift off on Thursday, state-run Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said.

Education (K-12)

Looking Into the Future for a Child With Autism

As my son’s limitations became clearer, I found it harder every year to write a vision statement for his I.E.P. Then he showed us how.

Chain-smoking children: Indonesia's tobacco epidemic

Surrounded by farmland and plantations in the small village of Teluk Kemang Sungai Lilin in South Sumatra, a boy, just 8 years old, sits smiling with his mother.

Lawmakers ask feds to help protect sick Florida children

Two Democratic members of Florida's congressional delegation have asked the federal government to step in and help after the state's removal of thousands of children from a Florida Medicaid program.

India's first transgender beauty pageant

India has hosted their first transgender beauty pageant that welcomed 16 contestants from across the country


India's GST council to decide timing for raising levy on luxury cars, SUVs - Jaitley

NEW DELHI, Aug 30 (Reuters) - A panel of India's federal and state finance chiefs will decide whether to raise an additional levy on luxury and large vehicles to up to 25 percent from 15 percent, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Wednesday.


Six die in rains lashing India's business hub, more downpours forecast

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Two toddlers were among at least six people who died after floods caused by heavy seasonal monsoon rains destroyed homes and disrupted traffic in India's financial capital, police said on Wednesday.

Getting out: Mom sang as she carried sick child to safety

Ajshay James shared her emotional story about carrying her sick daughter to safety during Hurricane Harvey with CNN's Don Lemon.

South Korea: Kim Jong Un has third child

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has a third child, South Korean intelligence has learned.


Heavy rain brings floods, traffic snarls to India's financial capital

MUMBAI (Reuters) - A spell of incessant rain on Tuesday flooded several low-lying areas and paralyzed train services in India's financial capital of Mumbai, officials said.


Train derails outside India's financial capital, but no injuries

(Reuters) - Several coaches of a train went off the rails in western India on Tuesday, the third such incident within ten days on the world's fourth biggest rail network, but there were no immediate reports of injuries.


California school children help build tiny homes for LA's homeless

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Los Angeles man who has spent more than two years building tiny, portable homes to help house the city's homeless population recruited a group of fourth and fifth grade children to aid his mission.

Civilian Casualties

Ahead of U.N.’s Child Rights Blacklist, Saudis Stress Their Aid to Yemen

The leader of the United Nations denied that the organization faced pressure from Saudi Arabia to exclude it from an annual list of countries that kill children in war.

Chechnya (Russia)

Chechnya Pushes Divorced Couples to Reunite ‘for the Children’

A council compels split couples to get back together, warning of fewer children who are “normal” and more likely to become terrorists.


U.S. forces involved in raid in Somalia; three children among dead

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somali forces supported by U.S. troops shot dead 10 Somalis, including three children, in a village near the capital Mogadishu on Friday, a witness and local officials told Reuters.

Airstrike in Yemen kills children

Seven children were among at least 16 people killed in an airstrike in Sanaa as suspected Saudi-led coalition raids continued to pound the Yemeni capital, the country's rebel-controlled health ministry said Friday.


Warplanes hit Yemen capital, casualties include children: witnesses

DUBAI (Reuters) - An air strike on Yemen's capital Sanaa killed 12 people including six children on Friday, rescuers said.


Global leaders commit to eradicating modern slavery

SYDNEY, Aug 25 (Reuters) - Global business tycoons and politicians from 48 countries committed to ending human trafficking, forced labour and modern slavery on Friday at a landmark gathering of high-profile leaders in the Australian city of Perth.


Museum Visitors Damage 800-Year-Old Coffin by Putting Child In It For Photo

It was the latest case of visitors damaging exhibits with risky behavior. “Nowadays, everything is a photo opportunity,” a museum expert said.

Child steals the show during live interview

Lucy Wronka was on ITV News with her children George and Iris to talk about their milk allergies with anchor Alastair Stewart. But, daughter Iris had other plans for the interview.


India's proposed pharma marketing rules hit legal roadblock

MUMBAI (Reuters) - India's plan to bring in marketing rules to curb unethical promotional practices in the country's drug industry faces an indefinite delay after it hit a legal roadblock, marking a setback for public health groups.

Should your child receive anonymous comments?

With so many social networks to keep track of, it's not surprising if you haven't heard of an app called Sarahah, which has millions of users and a teen fanbase. So what is Sarahah exactly?


Changing childcare settings can affect sleep

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - - Inconsistent childcare arrangements can affect toddlers’ sleep at night, a new study suggests.


Boko Haram Nigerian child bombings this year are quadruple 2016's: UNICEF

GENEVA/LAGOS (Reuters) - Boko Haram militants in northeast Nigeria have sent out four times as many child suicide bombers this year as they used in all of 2016, the United Nations Children's Fund said on Tuesday.

India's top court bans Islamic practice of instant divorce

India's Supreme Court banned the controversial Islamic divorce practice known as "triple talaq" in a landmark ruling announced Tuesday.


India's top court rules controversial Muslim divorce law 'unconstitutional'

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that a controversial Muslim divorce law was "unconstitutional", a decision that could herald the end of a law that Muslim women had long argued violated their right to equality.

Children from Gaza visit Jerusalem for first time

The selfie stick looked a bit out of place in front of the Dome of the Rock, but no one seemed to care.


McDonald's to shut 169 outlets in India's north and east

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Fast food chain McDonald's said on Monday it planned to shut all 169 of its restaurants in India's northern and eastern regions, escalating a dispute with its local partner and potentially putting thousands of workers out of jobs.

Many more children will suddenly be diagnosed with high blood pressure

More children and teens are likely to be categorized as having abnormal blood pressure during their annual wellness visits, based on new recommendations released Monday by the American Academy of Pediatrics.


India's Infosys shares extend losses after CEO quit

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Shares of India's Infosys Ltd fell as much as 4.6 percent on Monday to a near three-year low, slumping for a second consecutive session, after brokerages including Nomura downgraded the stock following the resignation of its chief executive.


Sudanese children of Islamic State militants released in Libya

MISRATA, Libya (Reuters) - Four children from Sudan whose parents are believed to have been killed fighting for Islamic State in the Libyan city of Sirte last year were handed over to the Sudanese consul on Sunday for return to their country.


Rosneft, partners to announce acquisition of India's Essar Oil completed

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI, Aug 20 (Reuters) - A consortium led by Russian oil major Rosneft will announce on Monday completion of a $12.9 billion deal to acquire Indian private refiner Essar Oil, strengthening ties between the world's largest oil producer and the fastest growing fuel consumer.


India's Infosys approves up to $2 billion buyback of shares

MUMBAI (Reuters) - The board of India's second biggest IT firm, Infosys Ltd , on Saturday approved a share buyback program of up to 130 billion rupees ($2.03 billion), a day after Vishal Sikka resigned as chief executive after a long-running feud with the company's founders.

Advancements that saved children's lives

Pediatricians say we need sustained federal support for pediatric research and point to these seven key medical advances over the last 40 years to show why.

Lee, Robert E

What Robert E. Lee Wrote to The Times About Slavery in 1858

The man who would become a Confederate general wanted to correct an article about freeing the slaves on his family’s estate.


UPDATE 1-India's IndiGo grounds eight planes amid reports of engine problems

* Engine issues cause groundings, flight cancellations - media

FL harmed sick children to help GOP donors, pediatricians say


Statue of 19th century slavery advocate removed in Maryland

(Reuters) - Authorities in Maryland on Friday removed a statue of a 19th century Chief Justice who wrote the pro-slavery Dred Scott decision in the latest example of action over memorials that have sparked protests across the United States.


BRIEF-India's Indigo says 8 Neo planes grounded

* Eight Neo planes grounded; schedule for July, August, September planned in June Further company coverage: (Reporting by Nidhi Verma)


India's Infosys CEO and MD Sikka resigns

Aug 18 (Reuters) - Infosys Ltd said on Friday Vishal Sikka has resigned as managing director and chief executive of the company with immediate effect.


Saudi coalition to blame for half of Yemen child casualties: draft U.N. report

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A Saudi Arabia-led military coalition was responsible for an "unacceptably high" 51 percent of child deaths and injuries in Yemen last year, according to a draft United Nations report seen by Reuters on Thursday.


UPDATE 2-Trump defends monuments to the pro-slavery Confederacy

BRIDGEWATER, N.J/WASHINGTON, Aug 17 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump dug in defiantly on Thursday in his response to racial violence in Virginia, echoing the position of white nationalists by intensifying his opposition to the removal of monuments to the pro-slavery Civil War Confederacy.


Adult gambling addiction tied to childhood trauma

Reuters Health - Men with gambling addictions are more likely than their peers to have endured childhood traumas like physical abuse or violence at home, and treatment needs to address this underlying stressor, researchers say.

Books and Literature

Books of The Times: A Personal, Breezy Tour of Classic Children’s Books

In “Wild Things,” Bruce Handy curates passages from his favorite books for kids, allowing readers both literary pleasure and a kind of time travel.


NY Times must face defamation lawsuit over professor's slavery comments

(Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Tuesday said the New York Times Co must face a defamation lawsuit by a Louisiana economics professor who said it quoted him out of context by saying he described slavery as "not so bad."

Cameras show child being dragged at school

Security cameras show a teacher and her aide dragging a child at an elementary school in Crestline, Ohio.

When a mom makes her child sick

"I never saw it coming," said Susan, whose family requested that we not use their last names.

30 of India's most beautiful places

India might just be the most colorful country on Earth.

Talking to children when hate makes headlines

A car driven by a man believed to have ties to white supremacists plows into a group protesting hate, killing one woman and injuring many others. One shooter massacres dozens in a gay nightclub; another kills African-Americans during a church Bible study; a third enters a Sikh temple, leaving members dead. Bomb threats pour into Jewish community centers across the nation, prompting evacuations, and an actual bomb explodes at a mosque.


Target appoints Walmart, General Mills executives to shore up grocery business

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Target Corp said on Monday it has hired two former executives from Wal-Mart Inc and General Mills Inc to join its food and beverage business, as the retailer seeks to revamp its grocery aisles.


Target appoints Walmart, General Mills execs to shore up grocery business

CHICAGO, Aug 14 (Reuters) - Target Corp said on Monday it has hired two former executives from Wal-Mart Inc and General Mills Inc to join its food and beverage business, as the retailer seeks to revamp its grocery aisles.


BRIEF-General Mills says Kendall Powell‍​'s FY 2017 total compensation was $9.2 mln

* Says Kendall J. Powell‍​'s FY 2017 total compensation was $9.2 million versus about $11 million in FY 2016 - SEC filing


India restores hospital oxygen supply as anger mounts over child deaths

GORAKHPUR, India (Reuters) - Indian health authorities on Monday delivered oxygen to a public hospital where 63 people have died of encephalitis in recent days, nearly half of them children, as it ran out of medical supplies because of unpaid bills, triggering public outrage.


Australian report into child sex abuse wants to break confessional seal

SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian report into child sex abuse on Monday recommended new laws to compel clergy to report sex abuse allegations they hear in religious confession.


Northern Indian state suspends hospital chief after deaths of 60 children

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh has suspended the head of a hospital where at least 60 children died, while the federal health minister on Sunday vowed action against the culprits, as state and hospital officials traded blame over funding matters.


Sixty children die in Indian hospital amid furor over oxygen supplies

MUMBAI/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Sixty children have died at a hospital in India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh this week, prompting local media to blame the fatalities on a lack of oxygen supplies.


Growing Pains: Horror Directors on Their Creepy Childhood Memories

As a doll terrorizes little girls in the new film “Annabelle: Creation,” five directors talk about what frightened them as children.


30 children die in hospital in northern India: medical official

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Thirty children have died at a hospital in India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh since Wednesday due to encephalitis and delivery-related issues, a senior medical official said on Friday.


India's military steps up operational readiness on China border

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's military has increased operational readiness along the eastern Indian border with China, sources said, as neither side shows any sign of backing off from a face-off in a remote Himalayan region near their disputed frontier.