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Activists go undercover to expose India's illegal sex-selective abortions

A pregnant woman sat in a hospital consultation room in the western Indian state of Maharashtra.


Communal strife in home state of India's Modi kills one, 14 hurt

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - One person was killed and about 14 injured when violence erupted following a scuffle between Muslim and Hindu school students in Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state of Gujarat, a senior administrative official said on Sunday.

Cop convicted in fatal shooting of child

A Marksville, Louisiana, marshal has been found guilty of manslaughter for the shooting of a young boy who was killed in the passenger seat of his father's car after a police pursuit, prosecutors said Saturday.


India's market regulator accuses Reliance of wrongful share trading

MUMBAI (Reuters) - India's market regulator accused Reliance Industries on Friday of having committed a "fraud" in taking a short trading position at the time of selling a stake in a subsidiary in 2007, ordering it to surrender 4.5 billion rupees ($69 million) plus interest in "unlawful gains".


India's monsoon likely to escape El Nino unscathed: weather office

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India is likely to emerge unscathed from the El Nino weather pattern as it is expected to set in only during the latter part of the four-month monsoon season, a top weather official said, indicating a timely arrival of crop-nourishing rains.


Hungarian law risks exposing migrant children to sex abuse: watchdog

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary's new law to detain migrants in transit zones on its southern border will put children on the move at risk of exposure to sexual abuse, the watchdog Council of Europe said on Friday in a letter to Prime Minister Viktor Orban.


BRIEF-Carlyle Group acquires significant minority stake in India's Delhivery

* Carlyle Group acquires significant minority stake in Delhivery


Heavy car means crash diet for Force India's Perez

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Mexican Formula One driver Sergio Perez has been on a crash diet ahead of Sunday's season-opening Australian Grand Prix after Force India asked him to shed some kilos to compensate for an overweight car.


India's Snapdeal searches for funds, takeover speculation grows

HONG KONG/MUMBAI (Reuters) - Indian online retailer Snapdeal is seeking investment to shore up its finances after unsuccessful talks with Chinese funds and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd as it battles to remain competitive, sources with direct knowledge of the matter said.


Child victims of Mosul battle fill emergency hospital

BARTELLA, Iraq (Reuters) - The 9-year-old Iraqi boy was playing football on a patch of wasteground during a lull in the battle for Mosul when a mortar round fired by Islamic State militants landed nearby. It sprayed shrapnel into his lower legs and virtually severed them.

Will fruit juice make your child gain weight?

Sugar can easily sneak into the diet, both for you and for your child, even through 100% fruit juices.

Travel and Vacations

What a Child Actually Sees On Vacation

See family trips from a younger perspective. A 360 slideshow with vacations in California, Paris, China and beyond.

Vaccination and Immunization

New Vaccine Could Slow Disease That Kills 600 Children a Day

A lower-cost vaccine provides strong protection against rotavirus, a diarrheal disease, and could be particularly useful in poorer countries, researchers said.


Migrant, refugee children live in 'abysmal conditions': European watchdog

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Migrant children reaching Europe are exposed to sexual abuse and forced labor and lack access to education or healthcare, with some put in detention centers in a violation of their rights, the watchdog Council of Europe said on Wednesday.


Australia's Rinehart children cleared to sue billionaire mother

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - The children of mining billionaire Gina Rinehart, Australia's richest person, have been cleared by a court to sue their mother for what they describe as mismanagement of a multi-billion dollar family trust, in a long-running family feud.


Review: Instead of a ‘War Horse,’ This Time a Lost Cat Opens a Child’s Eyes

In “946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips,” Emma Rice directs a fanciful adaptation of another novel by Michael Morpurgo, the author of “War Horse.”

Grown children, the health law's Achilles' heel?


Oklahoma state senator to resign after child prostitution charges

(Reuters) - An Oklahoma state senator charged with hiring a teenage boy as a prostitute intends to resign as a lawmaker by Wednesday, the senator's lawyer said on Tuesday.


Cheerios maker General Mills' sales fall for seventh straight quarter

(Reuters) - General Mills Inc reported its seventh straight quarterly sales decline on Tuesday, hurt by weak demand for its yogurt and baking products, as the company discounted less amid pricing competition in the United States.


UPDATE 1-Cheerios maker General Mills' sales fall for seventh straight qtr

March 21 (Reuters) - General Mills Inc reported its seventh straight quarterly sales decline on Tuesday, hurt by weak demand for its yogurt and baking products, as the company discounted less amid pricing competition in the United States.

Travel and Vacations

Family Travel: The Dutch Way: Tulips, Windmills and Barnyard Animals

A mother recalls a favorite ritual with her young daughter, visiting some of Amsterdam’s many neighborhood children’s farms or petting zoos.


Trump's son Eric and his wife expect first child in September

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Eric Trump, the 33-year-old middle son of U.S. President Donald Trump, said on Monday that his wife Lara was expecting to give birth to their first child in September.


Health and behavior problems can linger after child abuse

(Reuters Health) - - Children who have suffered from abuse or neglect may have physical or behavioral health problems even after the mistreatment stops, new guidelines for pediatricians emphasize.


Even Penguins Have Children Who Won’t Leave the Nest

Even fully fledged chicks will hound their parents for food, researchers find.

President Trump's ninth grandchild is on the way

Today Eric and Lara Trump, both 33, announced they're anticipating the September arrival of their first child, a boy.


Studies shed light on opioid exposures among U.S. children and young adults

(Reuters Health) - Between 2000 and 2015, poison control centers in the United States received 188,468 calls about prescription opioid exposures in children and teens, a new study finds.


Sleep apnea in children tied to changes in brain

(Reuters Health) - In children with a common condition that causes them to periodically stop breathing during sleep, areas of the brain involved with thinking and problem-solving appear to be smaller than in children who sleep normally, a study finds.


Report says 1,100 complaints of child abuse made against Australia's Anglican church

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The head of Australia's Anglican Church expressed sorrow and shame after a government report published on Friday said close to 1,100 people had filed child sexual assault claims against the church over a 35-year period.


Exclusive: Children among hundreds of Rohingya detained in Myanmar crackdown

SITTWE, Myanmar/COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Reuters) - Children as young as 10 years old are among hundreds of Rohingya Muslims detained on charges of consorting with insurgents, according to a police document seen by Reuters that sheds new light on Myanmar's security campaign in the country's northwest.

Secret Service face investigation over conduct while protecting Trump grandchild

Two Secret Service agents are facing an internal investigation over their alleged conduct last week while they protected a grandchild of President Donald Trump, people familiar with the matter tell CNN.


Foster Parent Diary: Starting Over With a New Foster Child

The next child doesn’t replace or displace. The next child adds to.


UPDATE 2-India's IOC buys its first Hibernia crude from Canada's Suncor

CALGARY, Alberta/NEW DELHI, March 16 (Reuters) - Indian Oil Corp became India's first refiner to buy light sweet Hibernia crude from Canada's largest oil company, doing the deal after the opening of the arbitrage for Canadian oil to flow to Asia.


Save the Children finds rising self-harm, depression in Greek camps

ATHENS (Reuters) - Children stuck in Greek migrant camps are cutting themselves, attempting suicide and using drugs to cope with "endless misery," international charity Save the Children said on Thursday.


Syria sanctions indirectly hit children's cancer treatment

DAMASCUS (Reuters) - In the cancer ward at Damascus Children's Hospital, doctors are struggling with a critical shortage of specialist drugs to treat their young patients - and it's not just due to the general chaos of the Syrian civil war.


Syria's unaccompanied children biggest victims of war: UNICEF

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Children have suffered the most in Syria's six-year war, and among them the most vulnerable are those separated from their families, a senior Unicef official told Reuters on Wednesday.

Child's DNA used to identify Kim Jong Nam's body, police say

The body of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un slain last month, was identified using a DNA sample from one of his children, Malaysian authorities said Wednesday.

1 dad, 2 moms get custody of child

An unconventional family produced a child before becoming tangled in a lengthy custody battle that ended last week when a New York judge awarded shared custody of the boy to his dad and two "mothers."


BRIEF-General Mills declared quarterly dividend of $0.48/share

* Says board of directors declared a quarterly dividend at prevailing rate of $0.48 per share Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:


As Greek crisis grinds on, children pay price

ATHENS (Reuters) - In Greece's grinding economic crisis, a home for abused children is now taking in those whose parents are struggling to feed them.


India's Sun Pharma says FDA to lift ban on Mohali drug plant

MUMBAI (Reuters) - India's largest drugmaker Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd said on Tuesday that U.S. regulators plan to lift a ban on its Mohali plant in northern India, allowing the company to restart supplies from there after four years.

It's #MyFreedomDay: All over the world, students are fighting slavery

It's here: March 14 is #MyFreedomDay. Today, students around the world are doing amazing things to raise awareness of modern slavery.

Colors fly in India's Holi festival

Ancient legends are brought to life in this Hindu festival of dazzling color.


A Children’s Museum ‘Surprise Blockbuster’: A Show on Islam

“America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far,” at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, is designed to educate young visitors and prevent bias.


A Push to Restrict Child Marriages in New York

Legislation backed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo would revise current law that now allows children as young as 14 to marry in New York.

Drug Abuse and Traffic

2 of a Farmer’s 3 Children Overdosed. What of the Third — and the Land?

Opioid addiction is ravaging America’s farmland, tearing at communities and posing a new threat to families that have worked the same soil for generations.


Jordan soldier who shot Israeli schoolchildren freed after end of sentence

AMMAN (Reuters) - A Jordanian soldier who was convicted of killing seven Israeli school girls two decades ago has been released from prison after serving his sentence, family sources said on Sunday.


Death toll from Guatemala children's shelter fire rises to 39

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - The number of girls who died after a fire at a Guatemala children's shelter rose to 39 on Saturday, with several still in critical condition after one of the country's worst tragedies in recent years.


Modi's one-man show triumphs again in India's battleground state

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Sensing his party's drive for votes in India's most politically prized state had stalled, Prime Minister Narendra Modi cleared his schedule and thrust himself into the heart of the battle.

Trump, Ivanka

Even Child Care Divides Parties. Ivanka Trump Tries Building a Bridge.

Ms. Trump is in an unusual position: working on issues traditionally championed by Democrats by forging alliances with Republican women.


Modi wins landslide election victory in India's biggest state

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party won a landslide victory in India's most important battleground state on Saturday, in a personal triumph that will strengthen his claim to a second term as national leader.


Backpage’s Sex Ads Are Gone. Child Trafficking? Hardly.

The website, under pressure, dropped the ads, many of which featured minors. But the unanticipated result is that prostitution can now be even riskier.


India's Modi eyes victory in biggest state election as counting begins

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Early voting trends in a state election in Uttar Pradesh favored Prime Minister Narendra Modi, according to television networks, though it was premature to call the outcome in the race for control over India's most populous state.


India's Modi eyes victory in biggest state election test

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will learn on Saturday whether his popularity is sufficient to clinch a win for his party in the country's most populous state, where its sights are set on an absolute majority to consolidate its position.

Wills and Estates

Retiring: Single? No Children? No Will? Big Mistake

It’s easy to procrastinate on drawing up the document, but it isn’t all that difficult to take charge of the chore.

Children crash a live TV interview

Professor Robert Kelly was interrupted by his kids during a live BBC interview.


Six years on, Fukushima child evacuees face menace of school bullies

Gesturing as if with guns, two boys in Tokyo repeatedly taunted a girl whose family fled to Japan's capital to escape radioactivity unleashed by the Fukushima nuclear crisis of 2011.


State-backed rivals force India's e-payment firms to step up

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Electronic payment firms got a big boost when India abolished most of the country's banknotes last year, but rival state-sponsored e-payment services are forcing them to raise their game to hang on to their new customers.


Jewish Children's Museum in New York evacuated for bomb threat

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Jewish Children's Museum in New York City was evacuated for a few hours on Thursday after it received a bomb threat by email, police said, the latest in a rash of recent threats to U.S. and Canadian Jewish organizations.

Facebook Inc

Facebook Reports BBC to Police Over Investigation Into Child Sex Images

The move by Facebook highlights a growing debate over how and when the social network should moderate the mass of content on its site.

Child Abuse and Neglect

Justin Bieber Impersonator Is Charged With Child-Sex Crimes

The police in Australia said the 42-year-old man had pretended to be the pop star as a way to lure explicit images from children online.


Australia charges Bieber impersonator with more than 900 child sex offences

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australian police on Thursday urged fans of Justin Bieber and their parents to stay vigilant on the internet, after they filed charges over more than 900 child sex offences against a man who impersonated the popstar online.


Singapore considers harsher penalties for child sex crimes after public outcry

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore is considering harsher punishments for sex offences against minors, the law minister said, after a U.S. martial arts instructor was jailed for four years for having consensual sex with two 15-year-olds, prompting a rare public outcry.


Tennessee bus driver indicted in crash that killed six children

(Reuters) - The driver of a school bus that crashed in Tennessee last year, killing six children, was charged with vehicular homicide in an indictment unsealed on Wednesday, local media reported.

Fires and Firefighters

Fire at Guatemala Children’s Shelter Kills Nearly 20

At least 19 girls were killed in a blaze at a government-run home for abused teenagers, the Guatemalan police said.


At least 19 girls dead in fire at Guatemala children's shelter: police

SAN JOSE PINULA, Guatemala (Reuters) - At least 19 girls were killed in a fire on Wednesday in a government-run home for abused teens, Guatemalan police said, with local media reporting that dozens of residents had escaped the overcrowded home following a melee overnight.


India's Flipkart looking to raise $1 billion in latest funding round: source

MUMBAI (Reuters) - India's top e-commerce company Flipkart is holding talks with investors to raise up to $1 billion in one of its biggest funding rounds so far, a source familiar with developments said on Wednesday.


UPDATE 1-India's Flipkart looking to raise $1 bln in latest funding round - source

MUMBAI, March 7 (Reuters) - India's top e-commerce company Flipkart is holding talks with investors to raise up to $1 billion in one of its biggest funding rounds so far, a source familiar with developments said on Wednesday.

Illegal Immigration

In Line for Paperwork, Immigrants Are ‘Scared They’ll Take Away Our Children’

Immigrants have rushed to the city’s Bureau of Vital Statistics to collect their children’s birth certificates. The Times spent a week in line listening their stories.

Willard, Nancy

Nancy Willard, Prolific Children’s Book Author, Dies at 80

Her fiction and poems — including the first volume of poetry to win the Newbery Medal — charmed audiences with their mix of fanciful illusion and stark reality.


Hungry Somali families face agonizing choice: which child to feed

MOGADISHU/BAIDOA, Somalia (Reuters) - Somali mothers are facing an agonizing choice over how to divide their shrinking food supply among hungry children as a devastating drought kills off livestock and leaves the Horn of Africa nation facing the possibility of famine.


Two children killed in Yemen drone strike: residents

DUBAI (Reuters) - Two Yemeni boys were killed in a drone strike while walking on a road in central Yemen used by al Qaeda militants who have been subject to repeated strikes by U.S. forces in recent days, residents said on Tuesday.

Kelly: DHS is considering separating undocumented children from their parents at the border

Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly confirmed that the department is considering separating children from their parents at the border.


Nine children found in filthy Chicago apartment without heat, food

(Reuters) - Nine children have been removed from a filthy Chicago apartment reported to lack heat or food, and authorities said on Monday they were investigating neglect allegations.


Kelly says considering separating women, children at Mexico border

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said on Monday he was considering a proposal to separate women and children who cross the U.S. border with Mexico illegally.


Mental health crisis among Syria's children a living nightmare: Save the Children

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Six years of violence and bloodshed have spawned a mental health crisis among Syria's children whose impact will be felt for decades, international charity Save the Children said on Tuesday.

Air India's all-female crew makes history with round-the-world flight

Air India says it has become the first airline to fly around the world with an all-female crew, just ahead of International Women's Day.


Opening a new chapter at India's 'grandmothers' school'

FANGANE, India (Reuters) - Aajibaichi Shaala is not your ordinary school in India.


Polluted environments kill 1.7 million children a year: WHO

LONDON (Reuters) - A quarter of all global deaths of children under five are due to unhealthy or polluted environments including dirty water and air, second-hand smoke and a lack or adequate hygiene, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday.

Colleges and Universities

Confronting Academia’s Ties to Slavery

Harvard hosts a conference examining a long-neglected topic that has suddenly become urgent.


BRIEF-Bahrain Flour Mills signs strategic partnership with Mondelēz International

* Signs strategic partnership with Mondelēz International Source: ( Further company coverage: )

DHS considering proposal to separate children from adults at border

The Department of Homeland Security is considering a proposal to separate children from adults when they are trying to enter the country illegally at the southern border, a senior DHS official confirmed to CNN on Friday.


Exclusive: Trump administration considering separating women, children at Mexico border

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Women and children crossing together illegally into the United States could be separated by U.S. authorities under a proposal being considered by the Department of Homeland Security, according to three government officials.


Exclusive: Trump administration considering separating women, children at U.S.-Mexico border

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Women and children crossing together illegally into the United States could be separated by U.S. authorities under a proposal being considered by the Department of Homeland Security, according to three government officials.


Parents fearing deportation pick guardians for U.S. children

SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Parents who immigrated illegally to the United States and now fear deportation under the Trump administration are inundating immigration advocates with requests for help in securing care for their children in the event they are expelled from the country.


India's Paytm E-Commerce raises $200 million from Alibaba, SAIF Partners

MUMBAI (Reuters) - India's Paytm E-Commerce Pvt Ltd has raised $200 million from China's Alibaba Group Holding and venture capital fund SAIF Partners to expand its online retail business in a market dominated by homegrown Flipkart and U.S. tech giant Amazon.


India's Paytm E-Commerce raises $200 mln from Alibaba, SAIF Partners

MUMBAI, March 3 (Reuters) - India's Paytm E-Commerce Pvt Ltd has raised $200 million from China's Alibaba Group Holding and venture capital fund SAIF Partners to expand its online retail business in a market dominated by homegrown Flipkart and U.S. tech giant Amazon.


UPDATE 1-India's GAIL signs 1st time-swap deal for U.S. LNG with Gunvor

* Shares rise as much as 2.5 pct (Adds share price, analyst comment)


India's GAIL signs 1st time-swap deal for U.S. LNG with Gunvor

NEW DELHI, March 3 (Reuters) - State-run gas company GAIL (India) Ltd has signed a time-swap deal with Swiss trader Gunvor to sell some of its U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG), sources said, as the Indian firm tries to ease the burden of its costly foreign LNG supplies.

United States Politics and Government

Melania Trump Reads Dr. Seuss to Children in First Solo Outing as First Lady

To celebrate National Read Across America Day, Mrs. Trump visited a hospital pediatric wing and read “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”

Melania Trump reads to children at NYC hospital

First lady Melania Trump made a surprise visit to New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center Thursday, meeting and reading to children in the pediatrics unit playroom.


Children of depressed mothers at risk for unintentional injuries

(Reuters Health) - Children under age 5 are more likely to accidentally get injured if their mothers are having a depression or anxiety episode, according to a study in the UK.

Boko Haram cannot crush the spirit of children

In early February, I traveled to Diffa in southeastern Niger to better understand the impact of Boko Haram on the people living there. The Diffa region alone currently hosts over 240,000 internally displaced persons, refugees and returnees, including 160,000 children.


Children give Oscars fashion the pint-sized treatment

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - It's high fashion on a small scale, as the Oscar gowns worn by some of Hollywood's biggest names got re-imagined into child-sized versions by a Los Angeles photographer.


Oregon house fire kills four children, injures three others

(Reuters) - An early morning house fire in western Oregon on Wednesday killed four children and left three other members of their family who were present at the time hospitalized with severe injuries, authorities said.

They didn't think they could parent a child without limbs

The lives of a small but growing family in Utah have forever been changed thanks to a tiny, bright-eyed toddler from the Philippines named Maria.

Trump's child care plan is called a gift to the rich

Trump's current proposal, which he is expected to reiterate tonight, will do little to help the working families who need the most relief. That's according to a new analysis from the non-partisan Tax Policy Center.


Clashes in Palestinian camp in Lebanon kill child: state news agency

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Clashes between gunmen in the Ain el-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp in southern Lebanon killed a child on Tuesday, the latest casualty in several days of violence, the state-run National News Agency reported.

Couple gets prison for racial threats at child's birthday party

A Georgia couple who rode with a Confederate flag-waving group that made armed threats against African-Americans at a child's birthday party were sentenced to prison Monday.


China considering offering financial incentives for second child: China Daily

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China is considering introducing birth rewards and subsidies to encourage people to have a second child, after surveys showed that economic constraints were making many reluctant to expand families, the state-owned China Daily newspaper reported.

Preparing refugee children -- and their moms -- for life in US

Of the thousands of refugees who come to the United States annually, some end up in Clarkston, Georgia, a diverse Atlanta suburb with a history of accepting immigrants.

Slavery (Historical)

Underground Railroad: In Ohio, a Warrior Against Slavery

John Parker, a former slave, was a daring conductor on the Underground Railroad. His home in Ripley, Ohio, helps to tell his story.


Founder of India's $4 smartphone firm arrested on allegations of fraud

MUMBAI (Reuters) - The founder of an Indian tech firm that shot to prominence by offering a $4 smartphone has been arrested on allegations of fraud, after a handset dealer accused the company of not refunding him for an unfulfilled order, the police said.

Animal Abuse, Rights and Welfare

Treadmills Add to Evidence in Arrest for Dog Fighting

In addition to the caged and battered dogs in a garage in Queens, officials found training equipment suggesting the dogs were being trained to fight.


India's MobiKwik to invest $45 mln to expand user base

MUMBAI, Feb 23 (Reuters) - Indian digital payments firm MobiKwik will invest 3 billion rupees ($44.89 million) this year to expand its user base and rack up $10 billion worth of transactions on its platform, it said in a statement on Thursday.


India's Snapdeal to cut 600 staff, founders forego salary

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Indian online marketplace Snapdeal is to lay off 600 employees and its founders will forego their salaries as the company struggles to turn a profit in a market increasingly dominated by rivals Flipkart and Amazon .


BRIEF-Aevi Genomic Medicine Inc says extending its genomics collaboration with center for applied genomics at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

* Aevi Genomic Medicine Inc says extending its genomics collaboration with center for applied genomics at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:


Firebrand Milo quits Breitbart News after child sex remarks

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Provocative far-right commentator Milo Yiannopoulos resigned on Tuesday as an editor of the Breitbart News website after he was vilified and lost a book deal over old comments that condoned at least some intimate relations between men and young teenage boys.

Administration for Children's Services (NYC)

De Blasio Picks David Hansell to Lead New York’s Child Welfare Agency

Mr. Hansell will take over as head of the Administration for Children’s Services after its previous commissioner stepped down amid a wave of criticism.


Fructose tied to advanced liver disease in children and teens

(Reuters Health) - Obese youth who have some buildup of fats in their livers and a diet high in fructose may be more likely to develop serious chronic liver damage common in adult alcoholics, a recent study suggests.


U.N. says 1.4 million children at imminent risk of death in famines

GENEVA (Reuters) - Nearly 1.4 million children are at "imminent risk" of death in famines in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, the U.N. children's agency UNICEF said on Tuesday.

Men forced into slavery in Scotland

The snow-capped mountains in Appin, West Scotland, are a hiker's paradise. They attract hundreds of tourists every year and up until a couple of years ago, many would have stayed at the 37-bedroom Stewart hotel.


UPDATE 2-China steel mills caught on the hop by North Korea coal ban

BEIJING, Feb 20 (Reuters) - China's steel mills and traders were scrambling to find alternative supplies of coking coal for steel making on Monday after Beijing slapped a surprise ban on coal imports from its isolated northern neighbour.


Chicago police push for community assistance after deaths of three children

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Glen Brooks, a Chicago Police Department area coordinator, stood in front of a sometimes hostile crowd for the third time this week, calling on the community to help curb the city's gun violence.   


Migrant children returning to Calais, say NGOs, after 'jungle' demolished

PARIS (Reuters) - Some 300 to 400 migrants, mostly unaccompanied children, have made their way back to Calais in northern France over the past few weeks in the hope of reaching Britain, non-government associations say.


Dick Bruna, creator of children's favorite Miffy, dies

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The Dutch artist and children's author Dick Bruna, whose much-loved cartoon rabbit Miffy has sold more than 80 million books since its creation in 1955, has died aged 89, his publisher said in a statement on Friday.


In Mosul orphanage, Islamic State groomed child soldiers

MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - When the boys first arrived at the Islamic State training facility in eastern Mosul they would cry and ask about their parents, who went missing when the militants rampaged through northern Iraq in 2014.


Nearly 15,000 lost children seek parents in chaos of South Sudan's war

BENTIU (Reuters) - In the chaos of South Sudan's civil war, it took three years for Nyagonga Machul to find her lost children.


Plane strike hits Yemen mourners, killing 9 women, 1 child: residents

SANAA (Reuters) - Warplanes of the Saudi-led coalition struck a house north of Yemen's capital where a crowd of mourners was gathered, residents said on Thursday, killing nine women and a child and injuring dozens.


Attack hits mourners in Yemen, killing eight women, one child: residents

SANAA (Reuters) - Warplanes of the Saudi-led coalition struck a house north of Yemen's capital on Wednesday where mourners had gathered to offer condolences after a woman died, residents said, killing eight women and one child and injuring ten others.


India's Tata Motors, Microsoft ink technology collaboration deal

MUMBAI, Feb 16 (Reuters) - Tata Motors Ltd and Microsoft India on Thursday announced a strategic collaboration on the technology front to make driving a more personalised experiences for the customers, the companies said in a joint statement.


Sold into marriage: how Rohingya girls become child brides in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - The slight girl in a turquoise headscarf held back tears as she recalled what happened when she fled to Malaysia from Myanmar's violence-hit Rakhine state. Just 12-years-old at the time, she was forced to wed a man she did not know, and who was more than a decade older than her.


Murder conviction ends infamous 1979 missing child case in N.Y.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York City jury on Tuesday found a former delicatessen worker guilty of murdering Etan Patz, a 6-year-old boy whose disappearance had been one of the highest-profile unsolved cases in the United States for nearly 40 years.


Duterte targets Philippine children in bid to widen drug war

MANILA (Reuters) - Before Rodrigo Duterte's bloody war on drugs had even begun, allies of the Philippines president were quietly preparing for a wider offensive. On June 30, as Duterte was sworn in, they introduced a bill into the Philippine Congress that could allow children as young as nine to be targeted in a crackdown that has since claimed more than 7,600 lives.

Who's the mystery child in this 103-year-old Floating Hospital photo?

His face is known to all who work at the Floating Hospital for Children in Boston and familiar to many in the community -- but nobody can tell you his name.


India's Sun Pharma Q3 profit falls nearly 5 pct; below estimates

MUMBAI, Feb 14 (Reuters) - India's largest drugmaker Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd's third-quarter profit fell below analysts' estimates due to slower sales in the United States, its largest market.


Pretender to India's Tamil Nadu leadership jailed for corruption

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's Supreme Court convicted a confidante of the late chief minister of Tamil Nadu on Tuesday in a corruption case that will put her behind bars and effectively end her bid to become chief minister of the southern state.

Sex Crimes

Jerry Sandusky’s Son Charged With Sexually Assaulting Children

Jeffrey S. Sandusky, a son of the former Penn State coach who is a convicted sex abuser, faces multiple sexual offense charges.

Jerry Sandusky's son facing child sex abuse charges

Jeffrey Sandusky, the son of convicted sex abuser and former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, has been arrested on felony and misdemeanor child sexual abuse charges, according to court documents from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.


Ex-Penn State coach Sandusky's son charged with child sex abuse

(Reuters) - The 41-year-old son of Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State University assistant football coach convicted of sexually abusing young boys, was charged in Pennsylvania on Monday with sexually abusing two young sisters, according to a police complaint filed in court.


Chairman of India's Infosys says not in "battle" with founders

MUMBAI, Feb 13 (Reuters) - The board of India's second-biggest software exporter Infosys is engaging with its founders over their allegations of corporate governance lapses, non-executive chairman R. Seshasayee said at a news conference on Monday.


Seven killed in militant battle in India's Kashmir

SRINAGAR (Reuters) - Four militants and two Indian soldiers were among seven people killed in a gun battle in Kashmir on Sunday, a police spokesman said, the latest sign of increasing tension in the Himalayan region disputed by nuclear-armed neighbors India and Pakistan.


Yale to change name of college tied to 19th century slavery defender

(Reuters) - Yale University will change the name of its Calhoun College after protesters said the Ivy League school should drop the honor it gave to an alumnus who was a prominent advocate of U.S. slavery, the university said on Saturday.


India's PM Modi faces election test as voting begins in Uttar Pradesh

KAIRANA, India (Reuters) - More than 13 million Indians voted in the first stage of state assembly elections on Saturday, the biggest electoral test for Prime Minister Narendra Modi since coming to power in 2014.

Hotel photos could trap child sex traffickers

TraffickCam is an app that could help police locate hotel rooms used for sex trafficking.


India's Petronet to cut spot LNG cargo purchases in FY 18

Feb 9 (Reuters) - India's biggest gas importer Petronet LNG will cut spot purchases of liquefied natural gas in the next fiscal year as it is getting supplies under a long-term deal with Exxon Mobil Corp for imports from Australia's Gorgon project, the company's chief executive Prabhat Singh said on Thursday.


UPDATE 1-India's Cipla looks to boost US business as Q3 profit beats estimates

MUMBAI, Feb 8 (Reuters) - Indian drugmaker Cipla Ltd's third-quarter profit beat estimates due to higher sales in the United States, and the company said it was looking for licensing deals and acquisitions to build its speciality medicines pipeline in that market.


Madonna granted permission to adopt two children from Malawi

LILONGWE (Reuters) - Madonna has been granted permission to adopt two more children from Malawi after the High Court in the impoverished southern African country gave its approval.


Madonna wins permission to adopt two children from Malawi: judiciary spokesman

LILONGWE (Reuters) - Malawi's High Court gave approval on Tuesday for U.S. pop star Madonna to adopt two children, bringing the total to four children the singer has taken into her care from the impoverished southern African country, a court official said.


Iranian child seeking emergency eye surgery arrives in New York

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A young Iranian girl in need of emergency eye surgery only available in the United States arrived safely at a New York airport on Monday evening, after a court halted new travel restrictions put in place suddenly last month that threatened to delay the vital treatment.


Childhood cancer treatments tied to sex lives years later

(Reuters Health) - In general, childhood cancer survivors are just as satisfied with their sex lives as people who didn't have cancer, a recent study suggests.

UN: Record number of child casualties

The number of child casualties in the long-running Afghan war jumped last year, spiking 24% from 2015 in large part from leftover munitions, the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said in a report on Monday.


Kindness matters, Britain's Duchess of Cambridge tells schoolchildren

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Duchess of Cambridge told a group of children to look for opportunities to be kind as she and her husband Prince William visited a primary school on Monday as part of a campaign to raise awareness of children's mental health issues.

Children and Childhood

The Checkup: When Does a Child Need a Sick Day?

In a poll, 60 percent of parents said concern about the illness getting worse if the child went to school was very important.

Civilian Casualties

Left-Behind Explosives Taking Deadlier Toll on Afghan Children, U.N. Says

A 65 percent rise in child casualties caused by explosives last year was just one part of a United Nations report on a record year in civilian casualties in Afghanistan.


The Neediest Cases: Caring for 2 Children as Her Health and Finances Deteriorate

Laura Gentile, who has numerous health problems of her own, has struggled to make ends meet while caring for her two adult children, who both have mental illnesses.

Arizona children could lose big under Obamacare repeal

In recent years, Arizona has had one of the highest rates of uninsured children in the country.


Mobile app helps China recover hundreds of missing children

BEIJING, Feb 4 (Reuters) - A mobile app helped Chinese authorities recover hundreds of missing children last year, Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday, in a country where child trafficking is rampant.


Masked teenagers chase children in centuries-old Spanish festival

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's village of Casavieja observed its annual celebration of Saint Blaise on Friday, where masked 18-year-olds dress as "zarramaches", a reference to their outlandish costumes...

Executive Orders and Memorandums

The Public Editor: Friday Mailbag: News Cycles That Won’t Stop Spinning

What’s the public editor got hatched for her weekend column? And for readers who can’t keep up with all the news, The Times prescribes cute animal videos.

The fear of minority children in America now


Sold by Islamic State, bought by strangers: Yazidi child reunited with family

RASHIDIYA, Iraq (Reuters) - His name was Ayman, but the couple who brought the boy home to their Iraqi village after buying him for $500 called him Ahmed.


In India's Punjab, jobless youth take a chance with anti-establishment party

TEONA, India (Reuters) - Twenty seven-year-old Rupinder Kaur Ruby is a political novice but her message is clear: jobs for young people.


UPDATE 3-Fillon bid for French presidency in chaos as MPs call on him to quit

* French election graphic: (Adds Fillon comment in paragraphs 8 and 9)


UPDATE 3-Ralph Lauren CEO to leave after differences with founder

* Shares hit 6-yr low of $76.86 (Adds Larsson's comment, details, updates shares)


UPDATE 1-Russia to ban beef imports from New Zealand

MOSCOW, Feb 2 (Reuters) - Russia plans to ban temporarily imports of beef and beef products from New Zealand from Feb. 6 after finding the feed additive ractopamine in some samples, Russia's agriculture safety watchdog said in a statement on Thursday.


UPDATE 2-Merkel presses Turkey's Erdogan to uphold freedom of opinion

* Two leaders discussed Syria, Iraq and fight against terror (Adds quotes, details)


Saudi Aramco examines Berri oilfield oil, gas expansion -sources

KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia, Feb 2 (Reuters) - State oil giant Saudi Aramco is considering expanding its oil and gas production from the Berri offshore oilfield, industry sources told Reuters.


UPDATE 1-Hastor family says not seeking a hostile takeover of Grammer

* Says Grammer has not addressed margin erosion (Adds further Hastor comments, background)


Video shows French reporter dragged off as he questions Le Pen

PARIS, Feb 2 (Reuters) - A video showing a reporter being grabbed by security men and hustled away after asking a question of National Front leader Marine Le Pen circulated on the Internet on Thursday amid confusion over the circumstances of the incident.


Iran calls U.S. remarks on missile test "repetitive, baseless and provocative"

ANKARA, Feb 2 (Reuters) - Iran said on Thursday the U.S. National Security Advisor's (NSA) comments on the recent ballistic missile test were "repetitive, baseless and provocative", state TV quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi as saying.


UPDATE 1-New York Times revenue, profit beat estimates

Feb 2 (Reuters) - The New York Times Co reported better-than-expected quarterly revenue and profit, helped by higher digital subscriptions.


Uber names former Tata Sons exec as India business development head

MUMBAI, Feb 2 (Reuters) - U.S. ride-hailing giant Uber Technologies said on Thursday it has tapped Madhu Kannan as its chief business officer for India and emerging markets.


Ralph Lauren CEO to step down after disagreements with founder

Feb 2 (Reuters) - Ralph Lauren Corp said Stefan Larsson, its chief executive for just over a year, will step down on May 1 following disagreements with chairman Ralph Lauren over the direction of the company.


Indian textile firms fail to investigate abuse complaints - activists

CHENNAI, India, Feb 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Women facing sexual harassment in India's garment industry have no place to turn as textile companies are shirking their legal duty to investigate abuse allegations, activists said on Thursday.


UPDATE 1-Delphi Automotive earnings widely beat Wall Street estimates

DETROIT, Feb 2 (Reuters) - Delphi Automotive Plc's fourth-quarter earnings widely beat Wall Street expectations, as the automotive supplier continued to benefit from automaker interest as it helps develop technology in the evolution toward self-driving vehicles.


In Russia, McDonald's "golden arches" have a Russian shine

MOSCOW, Feb 2 (Reuters) - When McDonald's opened its first Russian restaurant in 1990 in Moscow, it was not unusual to see wedding receptions held there, so strong was the appeal of the quintessential American brand at the end of the Cold War.


UPDATE 3-Daimler pursues new records in tougher environment

* Shares fall 3.5 pct, underperforming sector (Updates with Mercedes January sales volume)


REFILE-Irish calculation similar to EU on Apple tax estimate -minister

DUBLIN, Feb 2 (Reuters) - The European Commission's estimate that Apple owes Ireland up to 13 billion euros ($14 billion) in a disputed tax ruling is unlikely to be altered greatly by Dublin's calculations, the Irish finance minister said on Thursday.


FEATURE-Faced with blackouts, Pakistan's largest public park goes solar

ISLAMABAD, Feb 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Mushtaq Khan, a 48-year-old bank manager, used to enjoy his nightly jog in Islamabad's huge Fatima Jinnah Park - until worsening power cuts two years ago began plunging him into darkness mid-stride, forcing him to run in the morning instead.


Delphi Automotive earnings widely beat Wall Street estimates

DETROIT, Feb 2 (Reuters) - Delphi Automotive Plc's fourth-quarter earnings widely beat Wall Street expectations, as the automotive supplier continued to benefit from automaker interest as it helps develop technology in the evolution toward self-driving vehicles.


UPDATE 1-Eurowings eyes Frankfurt flights from summer 2018

* Exec says costs to fall this year (Recasts with Frankfurt plans, adds comments on load factors)


UPDATE 1-EU investigates Philips, Thomas Cook, others on online sales curbs

BRUSSELS, Feb 2 (Reuters) - EU antitrust regulators opened three investigations on Thursday into consumer electronics makers including Philips, six video game companies, and four tour operators including Thomas Cook on suspicion of blocking online cross-border sales.


French investigators widen Fillon probe to include two of his children -sources

PARIS, Feb 2 (Reuters) - French investigators have widened a probe into allegations that presidential candidate Francois Fillon paid large sums of money to members of his family for work they may not have done, to include two of his children, sources said on Thursday.

#MyFreedomDay: Students stand up to slavery on March 14

It's often hidden from sight, but modern slavery is a global problem.


German new car registrations up 10.5 pct in January -KBA

FRANKFURT, Feb 2 (Reuters) - New car registrations in Germany were up 10.5 percent in January, the KBA motor vehicle authority said on Thursday.


UPDATE 1-Syrian army says it will press on against Islamic State near Aleppo

BEIRUT, Feb 2 (Reuters) - The Syrian army signaled on Thursday it would press on with operations against Islamic State northeast of Aleppo, in a veiled warning to Turkey which backs a separate military campaign in northern Syria.


UPDATE 1-World food prices hit near two-year high in January

ROME, Feb 2 (Reuters) - World food prices rose to a near two-year high in January and look set to be higher and more volatile in 2017, the United Nations food agency said on Thursday.


UPDATE 2-Swatch annual profit plunges, targets return to "healthy growth"

* Sees return to "healthy growth" this year (Adds detail, background, analyst quotes, shares)


UPDATE 1-Panasonic says its avionics business being probed by U.S. authorities

* Panasonic Avionics probed by DOJ, SEC under FCPA, securities law


UPDATE 1-Gambling firm GVC sees 2016 gaming revenue ahead of estimate

Feb 2 (Reuters) - Gambling company GVC Holdings Plc said it expected full-year net gaming revenue to rise about 9 percent, slightly ahead of its previous estimate, on strong fourth-quarter trading.


UPDATE 3-Reckitt Benckiser in talks to buy Mead Johnson for $16.7 bln

* Reckitt shares up 3.7 pct in London (Adds more analyst comments, share activity, bullet points)


Property stocks lead slide in Hong Kong market, gaming shares also down

HONG KONG, Feb 2 (Reuters) - Hong Kong stocks fell on Thursday, with property stocks leading the slide, as investors continued to lock in gains after the U.S. Federal Reserve stuck to its mildly upbeat economic view but gave no hint of when it would next raise interest rates.


Panasonic lifts full-year operating profit estimate on weak yen

TOKYO, Feb 2 (Reuters) - Japan's Panasonic Corp raised its full-year operating profit outlook on Thursday as it benefited from a weaker yen that has boosted the value of earnings repatriated from overseas.


Gambling firm GVC sees 2016 gaming revenue ahead of estimate

Feb 2 (Reuters) - Gambling company GVC Holdings Plc said it expected full-year net gaming revenue to rise about 9 percent, slightly ahead of its previous estimate, on strong fourth-quarter trading.


Mazda cuts profit outlook on weak sedan sales, high costs

* Slashes operating profit outlook by 13 pct for year to March


Fitch Withdraws Rolta India's Ratings

(The following statement was released by the rating agency) SINGAPORE, February 02 (Fitch) Fitch Ratings has withdrawn its ratings on India-based Rolta India Limited (Rolta). A complete list of rating actions follows at the end of this release. KEY RATING DRIVERS Fitch is withdrawing the ratings as Rolta has chosen to stop participating in the rating process. Therefore, Fitch will no longer have sufficient information to maintain the rating. Accordingly, Fitch will no longer provide ratings


UPDATE 1-Sony cuts annual profit view on movie business writedown

* Weak yen, recovery in image sensors partially offset writedown (Adds background)


Hong Kong stocks fall on U.S. policy concerns, gaming shares ease

HONG KONG, Feb 2 (Reuters) - Hong Kong stocks fell on Thursday as investors continued to lock in gains after the Federal Reserve stuck to its mildly upbeat view of the U.S. economy but gave no hints of the timing of its next rate move.


REFILE-UPDATE 2-UC Berkeley in lockdown amid protest over right-wing speaker

Feb 1 (Reuters) - The University of California at Berkeley went into lockdown on Wednesday amid a violent protest over a planned appearance by a right-wing speaker, with demonstrators throwing barricades, setting fires and lighting firecrackers.


UPDATE 2-UC Berkeley in lockdown amid protest over right-wing speaker

Feb 1 (Reuters) - The University of California at Berkeley went into lockdown on Wednesday amid a violent protest over a planned appearance by a right-wing speaker, with demonstrators throwing barricades, setting fires and lighting firecrackers.


UPDATE 1-Fonterra raises Australia farmgate milk price to A$5.20

WELLINGTON, Feb 2 (Reuters) - Dairy giant Fonterra on Wednesday raised its Australian farmgate milk payout slightly to A$5.20 ($3.97) per kilogram of milk solids, in line with its forecasts, as falling production pushed up prices.


Taiwan stocks rise; local dollar at 18-month high

TAIPEI, Feb 2 (Reuters) - Taiwan stocks rose on Thursday after the Lunar New Year holiday, catching up with gains in global markets, but caution prevailed with the Taiwan dollar strengthening to levels not seen in a year and a half. By 0331 GMT, the main TAIEX index rose 0.1 percent, to 9,460.11 points, after climbing as much as 0.8 percent to a session high of 9,521.34, an intra-day high not seen since early June 2015. The index closed up 0.3 percent on Jan. 24, its last day of trade


UPDATE 2-Australia's Tabcorp disappoints as British startup's costs grow

* Tabcorp pursuing competition approvals for Tatts merger (Recasts throughout, adds CFO comments and market reaction)


UPDATE 1-Australia celebrates record trade surplus as exports boom

* Shrinking current account deficit lessens risk of ratings cut


Australia celebrates record trade surplus as exports boom

* Shrinking current account deficit lessens risk of ratings cut


On eve of state polls, India's Modi looks to clean up campaign funding

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has moved to clean up political funding with limits on cash donations and new "election bonds", but some politicians and election officials said the measures would have limited impact.


Create big businesses to build British towns or risk failing on housing pledges - think tank

LONDON, Feb 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Britain must embark upon a radical project of town building to avoid falling short of its targets to build one million new homes by 2020, a leading think tank said on Thursday.


UPDATE 1-Trump blasts media at Black History Month event

WASHINGTON, Feb 1 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump opened a "listening session" on Wednesday for Black History Month by lashing out at one of his favorite targets for derision - the news media - complaining to a group of his supporters that most reporters who cover him are a "disgrace."


UPDATE 1-China-Mexico tie-up to invest $200 mln in Mexican auto plant

MEXICO CITY, Feb 1 (Reuters) - A Chinese-Mexican tie-up on Wednesday unveiled plans to invest over $200 million in a Mexican car plant in a welcome sign of confidence even as threats from U.S. President Donald Trump have paralyzed investment plans by U.S. companies.


UPDATE 2-Canada January auto sales climb, set record for month

TORONTO, Feb 1 (Reuters) - Canadian car and light truck sales rose 2.2 percent in January over last year to an all-time record for the month, DesRosiers Automotive Consultants said on Wednesday, as the big Detroit Three automakers posted gains that contrasted with U.S. declines.