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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.

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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.

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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.


Driver of van in which child died arrested for aggravated manslaughter

(Reuters) - A 51-year-old woman was arrested for aggravated manslaughter in the death of a 3-year-old who earlier this week was left in a daycare's van on a hot Florida day, Orlando police said on Thursday.

You can stay in Trump's childhood home

AirBnB has listed Donald Trump's childhood home in Queens, New York, for $725 a night.


BRIEF-Softbank's Vision Fund has invested close to $2.5 bln in India's Flipkart-sources

* Vision Fund has invested close to $2.5 billion in India's Flipkart via primary, secondary capital-sources Further company coverage: (Reporting By Sankalp Phartiyal)


SoftBank's Vision Fund acquires stake in India's Flipkart

MUMBAI, Aug 10 (Reuters) - A tech fund backed by Japan's SoftBank Group has picked up one of the biggest stakes in India's leading homegrown online retailer Flipkart, the Bengaluru headquartered firm said in a statement on Thursday.


BRIEF-Softbank vision fund invests in India's Flipkart

* After this financing round Flipkart will have in excess of $4 billion of cash on balance sheet


Demand for child webcam sex in Mekong 'outstripping supply', U.N. says

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Demand for sex with children is an emerging cause of human trafficking in the Mekong region, the United Nations said on Thursday, as it pointed to a shift in child sex webcam centers from the Philippines to Thailand.

Day care shut down after child found dead in van

The Florida day care where a child was found dead in a parked van has officially been shut down.

Need a vacation? Trump's early childhood home is available on Airbnb

It may not be Trump Tower, but Airbnb is offering visitors a stay at President Donald Trump's early childhood home.


Thousands of protesters disrupt traffic in India's financial capital

MUMBAI (Reuters) - More than 200,000 protesters poured into India's financial capital on Wednesday, disrupting traffic and straining the railway network, to press their demands for reserved quotas in government jobs and college places for students.

Child found dead in van used by day care center

A Florida day care center employee is expected to face charges after a 3-year-old boy was found dead in a parked van, police in Orlando said Tuesday.


U.S. plane passenger foils text message plot to molest children

(Reuters) - Impromptu detective work by a woman on an airline flight resulted in the arrest of another passenger whose text messages about sexually abusing children she photographed and gave to police, federal prosecutors said on Tuesday.

Court doc: Airline passenger, woman allegedly texted about child sex abuse

A new federal complaint describes lurid text messages between an airline passenger and a woman last month discussing performing sex acts on children and drugging the minors to facilitate the abuse, court papers show.

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Mastering the Art of Home Restoration: A Julia Child Sequel

A new owner is undertaking efforts to revive Mrs. Child’s Georgetown home, which has fallen into disrepair in recent years.


For Parents of Children Like Charlie Gard, Learning to ‘Redefine Hope’

The death of a British baby evoked painful memories in other parents of incurably ill children.


India's Eros in early talks with Apple, others to sell content library: source

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Indian movie production house Eros Group is in preliminary talks with Apple and other major content distributors to sell its entire content library of films and music, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Monday.


India's Eros in early talks with Apple, others to sell content library - source

MUMBAI, Aug 7 (Reuters) - Indian movie production house Eros Group is in preliminary talks with Apple and other major content distributors to sell its entire content library of films and music, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Monday.

Refugees and Displaced Persons

Children’s Authors Take On the Refugee Crisis

More than a dozen new books feature young displaced Muslims as protagonists as writers use the current tumult to personalize the conflicts for readers.

Child Abuse and Neglect

Texts on a Plane About Child Molestation Lead to Two Arrests

A woman read a fellow passenger’s texts, written in an enlarged font, and reported him. “She’s definitely a hero in our eyes,” a detective said.

Cop donates kidney to child after seeing Facebook post

One cold February evening, Kristi Goll pulled up Facebook on her computer to post a desperate plea: Please get tested to see if you're a match to be able to donate one of your kidneys to my 8-year-old son.


More than half of India's languages may die out in 50 years - survey

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - More than half of the languages spoken by India's 1.3 billion people may die out over the next 50 years, scholars said on Thursday, calling for a concerted effort to preserve the tongues spoken by the nation's endangered tribal communities.


Rothschild to advise on IPO for Austrian lender BAWAG - sources

ZURICH/FRANKFURT, Aug 3 (Reuters) - The owners of Austrian lender BAWAG PSK have hired Rothschild to advise them on an initial public share offer that could take place as early as autumn, two sources close to the matter told Reuters on Thursday.

1M children at risk from cholera in Yemen

More than a million children already suffering from acute malnutrition are at risk from a cholera outbreak sweeping war-torn Yemen, charity Save the Children warned Wednesday.


UPDATE 1-India's Lupin Q1 profit slumps, misses estimates

* New nationwide tax in India, price erosion in U.S. weigh (Adds details, top exec comment, background)


India's Lupin Q1 profit falls 59 pct, misses estimates

Aug 2 (Reuters) - Indian drugmaker Lupin Ltd said on Wednesday first quarter profit fell 59 percent, missing analysts' expectations, as regulatory hurdles and pricing pressure in the United States, its biggest overseas market, weighed.


LPC: David's Bridal lenders hire Rothschild as retail defaults spike

Aug 1 (Reuters) - A group of lenders to troubled wedding gown-retailer David’s Bridal has hired investment bank Rothschild to start debt restructuring talks ahead of 2019 when roughly US$500m in loans will come due, according to three sources close to the situation.


India's Paytm plans to launch messaging service to rival WhatsApp

MUMBAI (Reuters) - India's leading digital payments firm Paytm plans to launch a messaging service to rival Facebook Inc's WhatsApp by the end of this month, a source familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.


SoftBank in talks to invest in India's Flipkart through fund - sources

MUMBAI/BENGALURU, Aug 1 (Reuters) - SoftBank Group is still in talks to invest in India's Flipkart - despite the collapse of discussions to fold a smaller rival into India's largest e-commerce site - but it would do so through its Vision Fund, according to sources familiar with the matter.


HBO urges critics of slavery drama to hold fire after Twitter outcry

LOS ANGELES, July 31 (Reuters) - Cable channel HBO urged critics of its planned slavery-themed drama "Confederate" to reserve judgment until the show develops further, in response to an intense social media campaign demanding that the project be axed.


UPDATE 3-India's Snapdeal calls off sale to Flipkart in setback for SoftBank

* Snapdeal founders to run stripped-down version of co - sources

Tips for raising an optimistic child in a world of pessimism

If you're raising kids today, it can be easy to focus on the negative. And it's no wonder: Thanks to the 24-hour news cycle, social media, cell phone notifications -- and even sources you wouldn't expect, like Instagram and YouTube -- kids are immersed in doom and gloom.


New Dangers Stalk Syrian Children Still Haunted by Horrors Under ISIS

Children born and raised under Islamic State rule have experienced and witnessed astonishing brutality, even by the cruel standards of the Syrian war.


Lost children are legacy of battle for Iraq's Mosul

MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Thousands of children have been separated from their parents in the nine-month battle for Mosul and the preceding years of Islamic State rule in northern Iraq - some found wandering alone and afraid among the rubble, others joining the refugee exodus from the pulverized city.


Higher risk for celiac disease in diabetic children

(Reuters Health) - - Celiac disease (CD) is more common in young people with type 1 diabetes than in diabetes-free kids, although how often the two conditions occur together varies in different countries, a new study finds.


Floods kill 120 in India's Gujarat, with industry, cotton hit

AHMEDABAD, India (Reuters) - Widespread flooding in India's western industrial state of Gujarat has killed more than 120 people and paralyzed infrastructure, officials said on Friday, with tens of thousands of cotton farmers also suffering heavy damage.


California deputy attorney general charged with child porn

(Reuters) - A California deputy attorney general has been charged with possessing child pornography at his San Diego County home following a months-long investigation, according to court records and local media.


RPT-Reliance's 'free' JioPhone shakes up cheap end of India's billion-strong market

MUMBAI, July 26 (Reuters) - At first glance, Indian telecoms upstart Jio's bet on 'free' internet-enabled phones to win over poorer customers is a near-fatal blow for low-end handset makers, most already struggling with paper-thin margins on some of the world's cheapest devices.


Conn. Governor orders review of Millstone nuclear plant viability

July 26 (Reuters) - Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy has ordered state agencies to review the economic viability of Dominion Energy Inc's Millstone nuclear power plant, which critics want shut down in the face of cheaper energy sources.


Reliance's 'free' JioPhone shakes up cheap end of India's billion-strong market

MUMBAI (Reuters) - At first glance, Indian telecoms upstart Jio's bet on 'free' internet-enabled phones to win over poorer customers is a near-fatal blow for low-end handset makers, most already struggling with paper-thin margins on some of the world's cheapest devices.


India's Snapdeal board approves Flipkart's $900-$950 million takeover offer: sources

MUMBAI (Reuters) - The board of Indian online marketplace Snapdeal accepted bigger rival Flipkart's revised takeover offer of $900 million-$950 million last week, two sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.


Father of Australian tennis star arrested on child sex charges

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The father of retired Australian tennis star Mark Philippoussis was arrested on Tuesday at his San Diego home on suspicion of sexually abusing two children who he has been coaching in the sport, police said.

Migrant who died in hot truck had come to US as a child

One of the undocumented migrants found dead in an overheated tractor-trailer in San Antonio early Sunday morning had been a recipient of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, officials said.


Man jailed for life in Britain after beating child to death over lost shoe

LONDON (Reuters) - A man who beat his girlfriend’s five-year-old son to death in a British park because the child had lost a shoe was sentenced to life imprisonment on Tuesday.


India's antitrust regulator approves $23 bln Vodafone India-Idea deal

MUMBAI, July 24 (Reuters) - India's antitrust regulator has approved the merger of Vodafone Group Plc's Indian unit with Idea Cellular, a lawyer representing Vodafone in the matter said on Monday.

Child's rare case is focus of AIDS conference

A 9-year-old South African child diagnosed with HIV at 1 month of age has been in HIV remission for over 8 years without regular treatment. CNN's Cyril Vanier has more.


BRIEF-Fitch says Jio's cheap handset to expand India's 4G market

* Jio is likely to boost its revenue market share from 3%-4% to more than 10% in 2018

Moms sold daughters into sex slavery

CNN's Alexandra Field catches up with three girls featured in the CNN Freedom Project's award-winning 2013 documentary, "Every Day in Cambodia." Sold into sexual slavery by their own mothers, today they have found dignity and hope through gainful employment..


Hopes for HIV cure revived by African child in remission

LONDON, July 24 (Reuters) - A South African child born with HIV has surprised experts by appearing to be effectively cured of the AIDS virus after just a year of treatment followed by eight and a half years drug-free.


India's Delhi government tells Philip Morris to remove all ads

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The state government in India's capital told Philip Morris International Inc and other tobacco companies on Saturday to remove all advertisements from tobacco shops in the city, warning them of legal action if they do not comply.


'Confederate' writers defend modern U.S. slavery show as scary but real

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The creators of the new television drama "Confederate," set in an imaginary world where slavery still exists in the United States, defended their vision after the concept provoked outrage on social media this week.


Support at home and in school tied to resilience in child refugees

(Reuters Health) - Refugee kids may fare better in their new country when they have support from a variety of people at home, in school and in their community, a small Australian study suggests.


Video of foster children surprised with adoption news at Disney goes viral

(Reuters) - A video of Mickey Mouse surprising two foster children with news of their adoption date has gone viral on social media.


India's Tata Group considers restructuring tech, infra businesses - Bloomberg

July 19 (Reuters) - India's salt-to-software Tata Group is considering a plan to streamline its technology and infrastructure businesses, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, citing people with knowledge of the matter.


India's top court to decide on right to privacy, but much more at stake

MUMBAI (Reuters) - India's Supreme Court will hear arguments on Wednesday to determine whether individual privacy is a fundamental right protected by the constitution, in a ruling legal scholars say will have far-reaching consequences.


India's Hindustan Unilever quarterly profit rises 9 pct

July 18 (Reuters) - Consumer goods company Hindustan Unilever Ltd reported a 9 percent rise in quarterly profit, helped by higher sales from its personal care segment.


UPDATE 1-India's Flipkart lifts bid for rival Snapdeal to up to $950 mln -sources

* Flipkart ups Snapdeal offer by $100 mln to $900 mln-$950 mln


India's Religare Securities says it suffers cyber attack

MUMBAI (Reuters) - India's Religare Securities has suffered a virus attack of medium severity but its systems, operations and sensitive client information were secure and unaffected, it said on Monday.


India's Modi urges states to curb violence by cow protection groups

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi called on states to do more to prevent attacks on people accused of eating beef or slaughtering cows, an animal sacred to majority Hindus.


Fewer U.S. hospitals can care for children

In Massachusetts, a child who winds up in an emergency room - whether for a routine or a serious problem - is likely to be transferred to a second hospital for care, a “potentially concerning” trend that’s being reported by physicians throughout the United States, researchers say.


India's TCS sees big opportunity in manufacturing, life sciences

MUMBAI (Reuters) - India's top IT services company Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS) is moving to capitalize on growth opportunities in areas such as life sciences and manufacturing, Chief Executive Rajesh Gopinathan said on Friday.


BRIEF-India's Axis Bank appoints headhunters to find new CEO- Bloomberg,citing sources

* India's Axis Bank appoints headhunters to find new CEO- Bloomberg,citing sources Source


India's Infosys reports first-quarter profit growth on client wins

(Reuters) - Infosys Ltd, India's second-biggest software services exporter, beat profit expectations in the first quarter helped by key client wins in North America and Europe.


Putin critic Navalny says security service tracking his children

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny complains his wife and two children are being tracked by the security services, but says he's not afraid to challenge Vladimir Putin for the presidency whatever the risks.


Mother’s soda intake during pregnancy tied to child’s obesity risk

Pregnant women who drink non-diet sodas during pregnancy are more likely to have kids who carry extra body fat by age 7, researchers say.


Floods in India's northeast kill 40; endanger rare one-horned rhinos

GUWAHATI, India (Reuters) - Floods in northeast India that have killed at least 40 people and displaced nearly 1.5 million have also inundated a national park that is home to the world's largest concentration of one-horned rhinoceros.


Toxic bacteria often lurk in children’s, dogs’ sandboxes

(Reuters Health) - Playground sandboxes can harbor deadly - and drug resistant - strains of the diarrhea-causing bacterium Clostridum difficile, research in Spain shows.

Madonna opens children's hospital in Malawi

Madonna was joined by her four adopted Malawian children as she opened a pediatric hospital in the country.


India's Reliance Jio files complaint over unlawful system access: police

MUMBAI (Reuters) - India's Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd [RELIB.UL], which is looking into reports of a major leak of user data, has filed a police complaint alleging "unlawful access to its systems," a police officer involved in the investigation said on Wednesday.

Former USA Gymnastics doctor pleads guilty to child pornography charges

Larry Nassar, a former USA Gymnastics physician accused of sexually assaulting dozens of women and girls, pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal child pornography charges.


Doctor accused of molesting U.S. gymnasts pleads guilty to child pornography

(Reuters) - A sports doctor at the center of a wide-ranging sexual abuse scandal pleaded guilty in a Michigan federal court on Tuesday to multiple child pornography charges, according to court documents.


Novartis readies for FDA review of $1 billion CAR-T child cancer hope

ZURICH (Reuters) - Two decades ago in a Memphis, Tenn., hospital lab, cancer scientist Dario Campana and his team were hunting for a new way to fight deadly acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).


Exclusive: Police detain a suspect in India's Jio data leak probe

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Police in the western Indian state of Rajasthan on Tuesday detained a man suspected of involvement in a major leak of user data from India's newest telecom company Jio, a police official said.


India's top court suspends ban on trade in cattle for slaughter

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's Supreme Court suspended on Tuesday a government order that had banned the trade of cattle for slaughter, giving relief to the multi-billion dollar beef and leather industries that employ millions of poor workers.


RPT-Amazon wins India's approval to invest in domestic food retail

MUMBAI, July 11 (Reuters) - Online retail giant Inc has secured approval to stock and sell food and groceries in India, potentially expanding its business in the fast-growing economy where it is in a pitched battle with home-grown rival Flipkart.


Amazon wins India's approval to invest in domestic food retail

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Online retail giant Inc has secured approval to stock and sell food and groceries in India, potentially expanding its business in the fast-growing economy where it is in a pitched battle with home-grown rival Flipkart.


India's NSE price quotes not updating after system glitch

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Trading was disrupted at India's National Stock Exchange on Monday morning, after price quotations for individual stocks and indexes failed to update, but the exchange's interim chief executive said it was working to resolve the "technical glitch".


Dying "Mother Ganga": India's holy river succumbs to pollution

DEVPRAYAG/VARANASI/SAGAR ISLAND, India (Reuters) - India's holy Ganges begins as a crystal clear river high in the icy Himalayas but pollution and excessive usage transforms it into toxic sludge on its journey through burgeoning cities, industrial hubs and past millions of devotees.


Fresh violence hits India's Darjeeling hills, two killed

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Two people have been killed as fresh violence erupted in India's Darjeeling hills in protests over the killing earlier of a member of an ethnic minority, police said on Sunday.

A parent killing a child happens more often than we think

It's the most unfathomable of crimes: a parent killing their own child. It grabs headlines when it happens -- like this week in Georgia, where a mom is accused of stabbing four of her children to death. The reality is, filicides happen with depressing regularity in the US. And mothers are almost as likely to be the killers as fathers.


My Muslim faith, way of life reflect peace, says India's Oscar-winning Rahman

LONDON (Reuters) - As he celebrates 25 years in the music industry, the Oscar and Grammy-winning Indian musician A R Rahman says his religious beliefs have helped define and shape his career.

The children most likely to be bullied by their own friends

Lindsey Averill's definition of torment was seventh-grade gym class.

4 children, father found dead at Ga. home

A mother was being questioned in the fatal stabbings of four of her children and their father, police in Gwinnett County, Georgia, said Thursday.


Georgia woman detained after police find husband, four children dead

(Reuters) - A Georgia woman was in custody after her husband and four of their young children were found dead on Thursday in an apparent stabbing attack in their suburban Atlanta home, police said.

Mom's sweet tooth may be linked to child's allergies, study says

Women who consume too many sugary foods and drinks during pregnancy may be increasing their children's risk of developing an allergy or allergic asthma, according to a study published Thursday in the European Respiratory Journal.


Azeri woman and child killed by rebels near Nagorno-Karabakh boundary: defense ministry

BAKU/YEREVAN (Reuters) - An Azeri woman and a child were killed and another civilian was wounded by Armenian-backed rebels near the boundary with the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region, Azerbaijan's defense ministry said on Wednesday.


India's Snapdeal rejects $700-$800 mln Flipkart bid -report

MUMBAI, July 4 (Reuters) - The board of Indian online marketplace Snapdeal has rejected a bid worth $700-$800 million from Flipkart after due diligence by its bigger rival, Mint newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Pope, Trump offer support to parents of dying child

The fate of Charlie Gard, a terminally ill infant, has come to the attention of two of the most powerful people on the planet: Pope Francis and US President Donald Trump.

Life-Sustaining Support Systems, Withdrawal Of

Trump and Pope Weigh In on Case of U.K. Child on Life Support

British and European courts have ruled that a hospital can turn off life support for Charlie Gard, a 10-month-old boy with a rare genetic disorder.


Tencent to limit play time for children amid online game addiction worries

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Tencent Holdings Ltd, China's biggest gaming and social media firm by revenue, said it would limit play time for some young users of "Honour of Kings" from Tuesday, amid claims that children were getting addicted to the popular mobile game.

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For Child Survivors of London Fire, a Belated Eid Celebration

The local mosque near an apartment tower that was destroyed by fire held a funfair, with traditional games, for displaced families.


Obama urges end to division in childhood home Indonesia

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Former U.S. President Barack Obama urged Indonesians on Saturday to resist divisive politics based on race and religion, saying the world's most populous Muslim nation has a long history of tolerance that should be preserved.


India's Modi heads to Israel, lifting the curtain on close ties

NEW DELHI/TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Narendra Modi is making a first visit to Israel by an Indian prime minister next week, in a public embrace of a country that he has long admired for its military and technical expertise but which his predecessors kept at arm's length.

Opinion: Children will pay price for health bill

Generosity, kindness and compassion are principles we ought to embrace, both as Americans and as human beings. President Donald Trump has urged Congress to send him a health care bill that reflects these values.

Messi to marry childhood sweetheart

The name Lucas Scaglia may not mean much to most people but without him, Lionel Messi's marriage to childhood sweetheart Antonela Roccuzzo may never have happened.

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Mika Brzezinski Says Trump’s Tweets Reveal a ‘Childlike Ego’

The co-host of the MSNBC show “Morning Joe” responded on Friday to tweets by Mr. Trump that claimed she was “bleeding badly from a face-lift.”


Woman under investigation in 1980s child murder case gripping France

STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) - A woman was put under formal investigation in France on Thursday over the murder of a four-year-old boy more than 30 years ago, reviving memories of an infamous case.

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American Beauties: Harry Crews’s ‘A Childhood’ Vividly Evokes a Depression-Era America

The author’s memoir is a Dickensian anthology of the physical and mental intensities of growing up poor in Georgia.


Foreign medics give children life-saving surgery in Libya's Benghazi

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - A team of foreign doctors has arrived the war-torn Libyan city of Benghazi to carry out heart surgery on at least 30 young children during a month-long flying visit to a country where healthcare is in tatters.


After lynchings, India's Modi condemns violence in name of cow worship

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday broke his silence over a wave of attacks on people accused of eating beef or slaughtering cows, saying that killing in the name of an animal sacred to majority Hindus was wrong.

Australia: 4,444 children abused by priests

The Catholic Church in Australia revealed clergy sex abuse on a massive scale. CNN's Amara Walker reports.

Man beaten after helping a lost child

A man at a softball game helped a lost 2-year-old girl find her parents, according to Lakeland Police. The parents believed their daughter was being kidnapped, beat the man and then took to Facebook to call him a "sexual predator."

Good Samaritan beaten after helping child

A Florida police department is warning people of the dangers of spreading false information after a good Samaritan was mistaken for a kidnapper and had his name and picture spread across Facebook.


UPDATE 2-General Mills posts first sales beat in a year, shares rise

* Shares rise as much as 4.1 pct (Adds details from conference call; updates shares)


UPDATE 1-India's largest container port disrupted by global cyber attack

MUMBAI, June 28 (Reuters) - Operations at one of three terminals at India's largest container port JNPT, near the commercial hub of Mumbai, have been disrupted by the global ransomware attack, the port said on Wednesday.

She's helping raise fourth grandchild caught in heroin epidemic

Debbie rocks her grandson, gently cradling the newborn in the specialized neonatal unit at Cabell Huntington Hospital.


India's largest container port hit by global cyber attack

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Operations at one of three terminals at India's largest container port JNPT, on the outskirts of India's commercial hub of Mumbai, have been disrupted by the global ransomware attack, the port said on Wednesday.


Child, 5, named as youngest victim of London tower block fire

LONDON (Reuters) - A five-year-old boy was identified by police on Tuesday as the youngest victim so far of the fire which engulfed a London tower block two weeks ago, killing at least 79 people.

Bridge International Academies

Feature: Can a Tech Start-Up Successfully Educate Children in the Developing World?

Bridge International Academies — a chain of inexpensive private schools — has ambitious plans to revolutionize education for poor children. But can its for-profit model work in some of the most impoverished places on Earth?


Trump urges India's Modi to fix deficit, but stresses strong ties

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump urged Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to do more to relax Indian trade barriers on Monday during talks in which both leaders took great pains to stress the importance of a strong U.S.-Indian relationship.


UPDATE 3-Trump urges India's Modi to fix deficit, but stresses strong ties

WASHINGTON, June 26 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump urged Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to do more to relax Indian trade barriers on Monday during talks in which both leaders took great pains to stress the importance of a strong U.S.-Indian relationship.


Trump urges India's Modi do more in trade

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump urged Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to do more to relax Indian trade barriers on Monday during talks in which both leaders took great pains to stress the importance of a strong U.S.-Indian relationship.


Global Health: U.S. Malaria Donations Saved Almost 2 Million African Children

The President’s Malaria Initiative, started in 2005, has saved 1.7 million children in Africa for only $500 million a year, a new study finds.


Baltimore woman accused of killing six children in fire faces retrial

BALTIMORE (Reuters) - A Baltimore woman accused of killing six of her children in a 1992 fire that shocked the city is to stand trial again on Monday, after discredited arson evidence led her murder convictions to be overturned.


Six children killed in blast in northwestern Pakistani village

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Six children were killed in a village in northwestern Pakistan on Sunday when they picked up an explosive device that looked like a toy, officials said.


U.S. lawmakers urge Trump to press India's Modi on trade, investment

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Leading U.S. congressmen have called on President Donald Trump to press Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to remove barriers to U.S. trade and investment when they meet for the first time on Monday.


India's Infosys says reassessing long-term goals due to tougher market

Bengaluru (Reuters) - Infosys Ltd, India's second-biggest software services exporter, is re-evaluating its long-term targets because tougher market conditions have made them appear "daunting", the company's chairman said on Saturday.


REFILE-India's Infosys says reassessing long-term goals due to tougher market

Bengaluru, June 24 (Reuters) - Infosys Ltd, India's second-biggest software services exporter, is re-evaluating its long-term targets because tougher market conditions have made them appear "daunting", the company's chairman said on Saturday.


Exclusive: Overruling diplomats, U.S. to drop Iraq, Myanmar from child soldiers' list

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a highly unusual intervention, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to remove Iraq and Myanmar from a U.S. list of the world's worst offenders in the use of child soldiers, disregarding the recommendations of State Department experts and senior U.S. diplomats, U.S. officials said.


Exclusive: U.S. list to drop Iraq, Myanmar as worst offenders on child soldiers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to remove Iraq and Myanmar from a U.S. list of the world's worst offenders in the use of child soldiers, U.S. officials said, a step that could prompt accusations the Trump administration is prioritizing security and diplomatic interests ahead of human rights.

Murders, Attempted Murders and Homicides

Texas Nurse Suspected of Killing Up to 60 Children Is Charged With Murder

The nurse, Genene Jones, is currently serving concurrent sentences in the death of a girl and injury to a child in 1984. The new charges come ahead of her planned release from prison next year.


India's Infosys says investigation finds no evidence of wrongdoing

MUMBAI (Reuters) - India's Infosys said on Friday an investigation it commissioned had found no evidence of wrongdoing in accusations by an anonymous whistleblower, releasing the findings a day before it holds its annual shareholders meeting.

Tourists, students flee as protests spread in India's Darjeeling tea lands

The sleepy hills of India's northeast have erupted into violence, as calls for a separate state for the area's Nepali-speaking Gorkhas gain traction.


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

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


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

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

Deaths (Obituaries)

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

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


Abused children find Japan’s shelters provide little comfort

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


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

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


Child, three adults feared dead in flooded Greenland village

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Sharp rise in suicides by gun among American children is found

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


Mindfulness-based childbirth classes may ease pain, depression

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


In Greece, refugee women and children live in limbo

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


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

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

Books and Literature

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

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

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

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

Books and Literature

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

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


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

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


1980s child murder case grips France

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

Books and Literature

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

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


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

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

YouTube star facing child pornography charges

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


India's GST launch spawns tech cottage industry for compliance

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

Empowering children in homeless shelters

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


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

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


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

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

Books and Literature

The Children of ‘1984’: Dystopia Down the Decades

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


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

* India BJP government takes tougher line on cattle slaughter


YouTube singer Austin Jones arrested on child pornography charges

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


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

* India BJP government takes tougher line on cattle slaughter


Cattle slaughter crackdown ripples through India's leather industry

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

They saw children trapped on upper floors

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

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

Witness: People were screaming 'save my children'

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


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

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


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

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

The best and worst states for raising children

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


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

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

Trump admin ending program for mothers, children seeking asylum

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


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

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


Missouri sued for over-exposing foster children to psychotropic drugs

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

Children's retailer Gymboree files for bankruptcy


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

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


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

* Says collaborates with Intel to drive digital transformations


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

Why child hunger persists, even in America

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


Tanzanian child victims of witchcraft attacks get new limbs

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