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U.N. inquiry chief wants North Korea hauled before international court

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The chief U.N. investigator into human rights abuses in North Korea appealed to the U.N. Security Council on Thursday to refer the situation in the reclusive Asian state to the International Criminal Court for prosecution.

Forty years on, bullying takes its toll on health and wealth

LONDON (Reuters) - The negative social, physical and mental health effects of childhood bullying are still evident nearly 40 years later, according to research by British psychiatrists. In the first study of its kind to look at the effects of childhood bullying beyond early adulthood, the researchers said its impact is "persistent and pervasive", with people who were bullied when young more likely to have poorer physical and psychological health and poorer cognitive functioning at age 50.

Call for sanctions against N. Korea over abuses

The United Nations Security Council should slap targeted sanctions on North Korean officials responsible for grave human rights abuses, the head of a special UN inquiry said Thursday. Michael Kirby told an informal meeting of the Security Council convened by Australia, France and the United States that he also wanted the reclusive regime hauled before the International Criminal Court (ICC) for prosecution.

Call for sanctions against N.Korea over abuses

The United Nations Security Council should slap targeted sanctions on North Korean officials responsible for grave human rights abuses, the head of a special UN inquiry said Thursday. "More monitoring and engagement alone cannot suffice in the face of crimes that shock the conscience of humanity," Michael Kirby said in New York at an informal meeting of the Security Council convened by the United States, France and Australia. North Korea did not send a representative.

Iran mother spares life of son's killer after campaign

The young Iranian man who escaped a hangman's noose with just seconds to spare when his victim's mother intervened was the beneficiary of a high-profile campaign to save his life. In a case that has provoked surprise in Iran and across the world, the killer, known only as Balal, was saved dramatically on Tuesday, as a crowd looked on, awaiting his execution. He survived despite the mother of the man he murdered in a street fight seven years ago refusing an offer of so-called blood money until the very last moment at the gallows.

Direct tobacco marketing linked to teen and adult smoking

By Shereen Jegtvig NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Direct to consumer marketing of tobacco products is reaching significant numbers of teens, as well as young adults, according to a new study. Young people who have seen the promotions are also more likely to take up smoking, the researchers found.

Rape convictions fall sharply in Germany

Rape victims in Germany are finding it increasingly difficult to see their assailants convicted, a national study released Thursday showed. Twenty years ago, the percentage of reported sexual violence cases leading to a guilty verdict and sentencing was at about one in five. But by 2012, the ratio had tumbled to one in 12, according to the study conducted by the Criminological Research Institute of Lower Saxony (KFN). "These findings are problematic for a state built upon the rule of law," the authors of the study said in a statement.

Reports of e-cigarette injury jump amid rising popularity, U.S. data show

By Toni Clarke WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Complaints of injury linked to e-cigarettes, from burns and nicotine toxicity to respiratory and cardiovascular problems, have jumped over the past year as the devices become more popular, the most recent U.S. data show. Between March 2013 and March 2014, more than 50 complaints about e-cigarettes were filed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, according to data obtained through a public records request. That is on par with the combined number reported over the previous five years.

U.N. Security Council set to address N. Korean human rights issue

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, April 16 (Yonhap) -- The U.N. Security Council will begin informal discussions on human rights violations in North Korea later this week, the U.S. government said Wednesday, amid keen international attention to the problem following the release of a U.N. panel report in February. The council's members plan to open an "Arria formula meeting" on the issue at the U.N. headquarters in New York at 3 p.m. on Thursday, according to the State Department.

Sexual violence against Egypt women goes unpunished

Sexual violence against women has been rife since the 2011 uprising in Egypt, where hundreds of female protesters have been the target of attack with apparent impunity, rights groups said Wednesday. "Successive Egyptian governments have failed to address violence against women, with serious implications for women's participation in the political transition of their country," said a group of rights organisations led by FIDH, the International Federation for Human Rights.
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