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Australia child abuse inquiry finds ‘serious failings’

Media captionAbuse survivor Andrew Collins recounts his story A five-year inquiry into sexual abuse in Australia has released its final report, saying institutions had “seriously failed” to protect children. The royal commission, Australia’s highest form of public inquiry, heard more than 8,000 testimonies from victims of abuse. The accusations covered churches, schools and sports clubs […]

Australia child abuse inquiry finds ‘serious failings’

Media captionAbuse survivor Andrew Collins recounts his story A five-year inquiry into sexual abuse in Australia has released its final report, saying institutions had “seriously failed” to protect children. The royal commission, Australia’s highest form of public inquiry, heard more than 8,000 testimonies from victims of abuse. The accusations covered churches, schools and sports clubs […]

Chinese man jailed for stamping on Genghis Khan portrait

Image copyright Hulton Archive / Getty Images Image caption Genghis Khan is a revered figure among ethnic Mongols A Chinese man has been jailed for a year for stamping on a portrait of Mongol ruler Genghis Khan, after being found guilty of inciting ethnic hatred. The court in China’s Inner Mongolia region was told the […]

Sumatran rhino ‘hanging on by a thread’

Image copyright Tom Uhlman Image caption Ipuh at the Cincinnati Zoo Scientists have decoded the genome of the Sumatran rhinoceros – one of the most threatened mammals on Earth. Its genetic blueprint shows that populations have been in decline for a very long time. The rhino’s troubles began during the last Ice Age, when its […]

Australian sentenced to 46 years for torturing and killing niece

Image copyright Facebook/XmichellelengX Image caption Ms Leng was bound and gagged before being killed by her uncle An Australian man has been sentenced to the maximum sentence of 46 years for torturing and killing his 25-year old Chinese niece. Derek Barrett was found to have stabbed Mengmei Leng to death after binding her and taking […]

Japan expands unilateral sanctions against North Korea

Image copyright Getty Images Japan has imposed fresh sanctions against North Korea as it seeks to ramp up pressure on Pyongyang over its nuclear and missile programmes. Chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga said the assets of another 19 entities and individuals would be frozen. More than 210 organisations and people from countries including China and […]

Australia child abuse inquiry finds ‘serious failings’

Media captionAbuse survivor Andrew Collins recounts his story A five-year inquiry into sexual abuse in Australia has released its final report, saying institutions had “seriously failed” to protect children. The royal commission, Australia’s highest form of public inquiry, heard more than 8,000 testimonies from victims of abuse. The accusations covered churches, schools and sports clubs […]

India ‘religious murder’ case: Donations for suspect blocked

Image copyright AFP Image caption The suspect appeared in a video saying he acted to “protect the honour of Hindus” Police have frozen the bank account of the wife of a man arrested for an alleged religious killing in the western Indian state of Rajasthan. Police said around 270,000 rupees [$4,200; £3,100] had been donated […]

India happiness minister sought as murder suspect in Madhya Pradesh

Image copyright Lal Singh Arya Image caption Lal Singh Arya, India’s only happiness minister, is a suspect in a 2009 murder The minister for happiness in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh is wanted in connection with a murder, police said on Wednesday. They are hunting Lal Singh Arya, 53, who has been missing […]

Dalai Lama launches free iPhone app

Image copyright SANJAY BAID Image caption The Dalai Lama’s app is free to download The Dalai Lama has launched a mobile app for followers to stay up to date with his travels and teachings. The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, 82, already has a Twitter account with more than 16 million followers. His free app, currently […]

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