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Sex abuse suit filed against Oklahoma City Catholic school

May. 18, 2022 17:10 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Ten current and former students of Mount St. Mary Catholic High School in Oklahoma City and six parents or guardians are suing the private school, alleging it fostered “a rape culture” for more than 10 years. School officials have known since 2011 that...

War Crimes Watch: Targeting schools, Russia bombs the future

May. 17, 2022 10:35 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — As she lay buried under the rubble, her legs broken and eyes blinded by blood and thick clouds of dust, all Inna Levchenko could hear was screams. It was 12:15 p.m. on March 3, and moments earlier a blast had pulverized the school where she’d taught for 30 years. ...

Johnson: UK will act on Northern Ireland rules if EU won't

May. 16, 2022 13:34 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday renewed British threats to break a Brexit agreement with the European Union, blaming it for a political crisis that's blocking the formation of a new government in Northern Ireland. Johnson said there would be “a necessity to...

Jihadi abuses increasing in Burkina Faso, says rights group

May. 16, 2022 11:55 AM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The atrocities are rampant: A 25-year-old woman abducted at night from her home, pinned down and raped by a jihadi while another held her baby. Child soldiers pillaging villages and women killed for identifying their attackers, their bodies left on the road. ...

Professor gets new job after pedophilia research caused stir

May. 15, 2022 18:29 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A professor whose research on pedophilia created a stir at Old Dominion University in Virginia has landed a new job with Johns Hopkins University’s Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse. Allyn Walker stepped down from ODU in November after they...

Mixed Texas ruling allows trans youth parent investigations

May. 13, 2022 14:02 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Supreme Court on Friday allowed the state to investigate parents of transgender youth for child abuse while also ruling in favor of one family that was among the first contacted by child welfare officials following an order by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott. ...

'This tears my soul apart': A Ukrainian boy and a killing

May. 12, 2022 10:12 AM EDT

BUCHA, Ukraine (AP) — As he listened to his father die, the boy lay still on the asphalt. His elbow burned where a bullet had pierced him. His thumb stung from being grazed. Another killing was in progress on a lonely street in Bucha, the community on the outskirts of Ukraine’s...

Tentative $32M settlement in abuse death of California boy

May. 11, 2022 18:25 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A tentative $32 million settlement has been reached with Los Angeles County in a lawsuit over its child welfare agency’s supervision of a boy who allegedly was abused to death by his mother and her boyfriend, attorneys announced Wednesday. The settlement in the...

EU commission proposes plan to fight child pornography

May. 11, 2022 11:50 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s executive arm on Wednesday unveiled a plan to require online platforms to detect and report the sharing of child sex abuse images on the internet, which quickly triggered privacy concerns. The regulation, which needs to be endorsed by member...

Idaho lieutenant governor wants harshest US abortion ban

May. 09, 2022 19:04 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Republican Lt. Gov. and gubernatorial candidate Janice McGeachin on Monday demanded that Republican Gov. Brad Little call a special legislative session to eliminate rape and incest as legal exceptions to Idaho’s abortion law. The Idaho law will go into...