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School, teen agree to end lawsuit over sexual assault note

Sep. 25, 2020 11:47 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Cape Elizabeth School Department has agreed to remove any record of discipline against a student who posted a note about sexual assault in a bathroom last year, ending an almost yearlong lawsuit. Aela Mansmann, 16, sued the district when her high school suspended her for posting...

A little girl holds palm oil fruit collected from a plantation in Sumatra, Indonesia, Nov. 13, 2017. An Associated Press investigation has found many palm oil workers in Indonesia and neighboring Malaysia endure exploitation, including child labor. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

Palm oil labor abuses linked to world’s top brands, banks

Sep. 24, 2020 10:32 PM EDT

PENINSULAR MALAYSIA (AP) — Jum’s words tumble out over the phone, his voice growing ever more frantic. Between sobs, he says he’s trapped on a Malaysian plantation run by government-owned Felda, one of the world’s largest palm oil companies. His boss confiscated and then lost his...

In this June 14, 2014 file photo, Egyptian women shout slogans and hold banners during a protest against sexual harassment in Cairo, Egypt. An announcement last month that Egyptian authorities would investigate an alleged 2014 gan rape of a 17-year old girl at a Cairo hotel was welcomed as a rare moment of triumph by rights activists who now fear the government is trying to discourage victims and witnesses from speaking out.   (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

Probe of gang rape case that shocked Egypt ensnares many

Sep. 24, 2020 2:17 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An announcement last month that Egypt’s top prosecutor would investigate an alleged 2014 gang rape of a 17-year-old girl at a luxury Cairo hotel marked a rare moment of triumph for human rights activists. Those hopes were quickly dispelled after authorities detained possible witnesses...

FILE - This Feb. 27, 2018, file photo, Australian Malka Leifer, right, is brought to a courtroom in Jerusalem. An Israeli court on Monday, Sert. 21, 2020 approved the extradition of the former teacher wanted in Australia on charges of child sex abuse, paving the way for her to stand trial after a six-year legal battle. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean, File)

Israel court says woman can be extradited in child sex case

Sep. 21, 2020 4:30 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli court on Monday approved the extradition of a former teacher wanted in Australia on charges of child sex abuse, potentially paving the way for her to stand trial after a six-year legal battle. Malka Leifer, a former educator who is accused of sexually abusing several former...

Lawyers: Israel court agrees to extradite woman wanted on child sex abuse charges in Australia after 6-year legal battle

Sep. 21, 2020 3:21 AM EDT
JERUSALEM (AP) — Lawyers: Israel court agrees to extradite woman wanted on child sex abuse charges in Australia after 6-year legal battle.

Australian leader threatens to fire ministers over koalas

Sep. 11, 2020 12:52 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian state leader on Friday shut down a revolt in her coalition government over a policy to protect koala habitat by threatening to fire seven renegade ministers. The Nationals party, which is the junior coalition partner in the conservative Liberal Party-led New South...

FILE - This file photo, date and location not known, provided by the Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan, shows Dr. Robert E. Anderson. A retired University of Michigan administrator told lawyers that he was “furious” to learn in the late 1970s that Anderson was sexually abusing students. But the administrator also acknowledges that he failed to ensure that Anderson was kicked off campus. (Robert Kalmbach/Bentley Historical Library University of Michigan via AP, File)

Ex-UM official says he didn't do more to get doc off campus

Sep. 10, 2020 7:57 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A retired University of Michigan administrator told lawyers that he was furious to learn in the late 1970s that a doctor was sexually abusing students, though he also acknowledged that he failed to ensure that Robert Anderson was kicked off campus. Instead, Anderson in 1980 stepped down as...

FILE - In this Monday, June 10, 2019, file photo, St. Francis of Assisi church and school stand in Greenwood, Miss. Paul A. West, a former Catholic brother at the church, has been extradited from his home state of Wisconsin to Mississippi, after an Aug. 24, 2020 hearing. West faces sexual battery charges in a case involving cousins La Jarvis and Joshua Love. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

Former Catholic brother returned to face Mississippi charges

Sep. 2, 2020 8:28 PM EDT

A former Catholic brother has been extradited from his home state of Wisconsin to Mississippi, where he faces sexual battery charges in a case involving two impoverished Black boys who say they were pressured as men into accepting paltry payouts to settle their abuse claims. The men have accused Paul A. West,...

Israel's top court rejects alleged child sex abuser's appeal

Sep. 2, 2020 7:59 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected an appeal by a former teacher wanted in Australia on charges of child sex abuse, saying her mental condition does not prevent her extradition. Malka Leifer, a former educator who is accused of sexually abusing several former students, has been...

A map of Germany shows the number of raid places at a press conference at the police department in Cologne, Germany, about nationwide child pornography raids, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. Special police units, coordinated by the Cologne Prosecutor's Office, have raided 60 places across Germany yesterday, linked to an ongoing investigation that started last year in the city of Bergisch Gladbach. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

German police raid 50 homes in child porn investigation

Sep. 2, 2020 7:02 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A thousand police officers in Germany raided the homes of 50 people as part of a nationwide crackdown on the online sharing and distribution of child pornography, Cologne police said Wednesday. None of the 48 men and two women suspected of involvement was arrested during Tuesday's raids, but...