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Judge rejects Trump request for long-term detention of immigrant children

A U.S. federal judge on Monday rejected the Trump administration’s request to allow long-term detention of illegal immigrant children, a legal setback for President Donald Trump’s push to detain immigrant families taken into custody at the U.S.-Mexico border. Los Angeles U.S. District Court Judge Dolly Gee dismissed as “dubious” and “unconvincing” the U.S. Justice Department’s…

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US judge orders list of children separated from migrant parents

A California judge on Friday gave the US government until the following night to submit a list of children under five separated from their families at the border, a government official said. US President Donald Trump’s administration had asked the court to extend a deadline to reunite some detained children with their migrant parents, arguing…

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US government says it will detain migrant children with parents

The US government said in a court filing on Friday that it has the right to detain children and parents caught crossing the U.S. border illegally for the duration of their immigration proceedings. A 1997 court settlement known as the Flores agreement has generally been interpreted to require the Department of Homeland Security to release…

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12 children trapped in Thailand cave after storms

A dramatic underwater rescue mission to find a children’s football team who have been trapped in a flooded cave for two days is under way in northern Thailand, officials said on Monday. Divers have reached a large chamber of the vast cave inside which the 12 boys and their coach are believed to be stuck,…

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Children in Abbottabad flout toy gun ban, end up with eye-related injuries

The refrain ‘boys will be boys’ is often heard to justify children breaking the rules but now a number of parents in Hazara division will be far more strict with their young ones. Over 25 children from the Hazara division have eye-related injuries after playing with toy guns. This is despite the fact that the…

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Amnesty calls US policy separating children from parents ‘torture’

The sickening images of children cruelly separated from their parents and held in cages as a result of United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ policy of ‘zero-tolerance’ will leave an indelible stain on the reputation of the USA, said Amnesty International. “This is a spectacularly cruel policy, where frightened children are being ripped from their…

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SAMAA helps parents talk to children about abuse

Children are especially vulnerable to sexual abuse in societies that blame the victim and uphold notions of shame and misplaced honour. SAMAA TV has created two characters, Tinkoo and Tina, to have these difficult conversations. They discuss how children should react when someone tries to sexually abuse them. Tina: No one should be able to…

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Search for children who drowned in Rawalpindi sewerage drain continues

The search is still under way for four children who are suspected to have drowned in a sewerage drain after the downpour in Rawalpindi on June 15. According to rescue official Rizwan Ahmed, they were informed of the incident at around 5:45pm on June 15 and have been searching for the children since. The children…

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Case registered against Gujranwala UC chairperson’s son in Facebook blackmail case

A case has been registered with the Federal Investigation Agency against the son of a local PML-N leader in Gujranwala for blackmailing parents with photographs of their children. A group of people, including Usman Muneer, the son of UC Chairperson Asif Muneer, was found involved in creating fake Facebook accounts to blackmail parents with pictures…

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1.2bn children threatened by war, poverty, discrimination: study

More than half of the world’s children are threatened by conflict, poverty or sexual discrimination, Save the Children said in a report published on Wednesday. Entitled “Many Faces of Exclusion”, the study ranked 175 countries in terms of the threat of child labour, exclusion from education, child marriage and early pregnancy. It found that 1.2…

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This year’s death toll of children in Tharparkar reaches 245

As many as 245 children died of malnutrition this year in Tharparkar, said the health department. According to Civil Hospital, Mithi, two more children died on Tuesday, taking the toll to 245. “I have come here to review the deaths,” said the provincial director-general of Sindh’s health department, Dr Akhlaq Ahmed Memon. Doctors say malnutrition…

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Tharparkar: 13 more children die of malnutrition

At least 13 children have died in Sindh’s Tharparkar district in last two days due to malnutrition. According to officials, 24 babies have died till May 23, while more than 100 others are under treatment in government-run hospitals of the desert region. Doctors say malnutrition and severe heat are main causes of deaths. Government hospitals…

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Play time in Mohmand Agency

Sabir Ali Wasif Saeed is the political agent of Mohmand Agency. When he was appointed in April, he realized that children had no place to play. Given that life has been slowly returning to normal in Mohmand after a long spell of militancy, Saeed thought that he should make some changes for the children. He…

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IG Sindh urges women to report incidents of domestic violence

IG Sindh A.D.Khawaja has formally inaugurated the women and children protection desk in Karachi’s West zone on Thursday. “The objective of establishing the Desk is to stop the incidents of harassment of women and children and initiate action against the culprits,” IG Sindh said. The IG urged the women to report the incidents of domestic…

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California couple waterboarded kids, authorities say

Ten children found living in squalid conditions in a California home were waterboarded, shot at with crossbows and had scalding water poured over them by their mother and her partner, authorities said Wednesday. The abuse was detailed in a motion filed by prosecutors to increase the bail of the children’s mother, 30-year-old Ina Rogers, who…

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Mother’s Day: Caring for the mums in need

If a woman is giving birth at any of the public facilities in Karachi, chances are that she has little money to spare for new clothes or diapers of the baby. A young LUMS graduate has set up a fund to care for these new mums and babies. Neha Mankani, who became a midwife, set…

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Saudi women, children attend Greatest Royal Rumble

RIYADH: Women and children were on hand to watch WWE “Greatest Royal Rumble” in Saudi Arabia. A previous WWE event held in the kingdom in 2014 was for men only. But Friday night’s event in Jiddah included both women and children in attendance to watch the likes of WWE star John Cena and others. It’s…

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Knife attacker kills nine children in China

BEIJING: A knife-wielding man with a grudge killed nine middle school children and injured at least 10 others as they returned home in northern China on Friday, authorities said, in one of the deadliest such rampages in the country in recent years. The 28-year-old suspect was detained and the injured children were receiving hospital treatment,…

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Knife attacker kills seven children, wounds 12 in China

Beijing: A knife-wielding man with a grudge killed seven middle school children and injured 12 others as they returned home in northern China on Friday, authorities said, in one of the deadliest such rampages in the country in recent years. The 28-year-old suspect was detained and the injured children were receiving hospital treatment, the Mizhi County…

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I must be the best

By Zara Maqbool Are you pushing your child too hard? Yesterday, a teenager visited me for a counseling session. She was having a panic attack and her mother was worried to death. She had her Cambridge exams starting from next week and that had triggered the anxiety attack. I sat before her with a heavy…

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UN peacekeepers from Nepal accused of child rape in S. Sudan

UNITED NATIONS: UN peacekeepers from Nepal are facing allegations of child rape in South Sudan, the UN spokesman said Monday, describing the case as “especially heinous.” At the request of the United Nations, Nepal agreed to send a team of investigators to work with the UN office of internal oversight on the case. “Any act…

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