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Kenya's 'grasscutter' gang-rape case to move to court

The case of a Kenyan schoolgirl who was gang-raped last year and who has been confined to a wheelchair ever since, can go tried by a court, the public prosecutor's office said Thursday. The 16-year-old, known by the pseudonym Liz, was reportedly attacked, beaten and then raped by six men as she returned from her grandfather's funeral in western Kenya in June, before the gang dumped her, bleeding and unconscious, in a deep sewage ditch.

Insurance against bullying in South Korea

One of South Korea's largest insurance companies is to begin offering a policy for victims of school bullies, as part of a government campaign to stamp out the problem. The policy from Hyundai Marine & Fire Insurance will likely debut in March, a company spokesman said Thursday. "The priority isn't really on making money with this product, but more on providing a public service that helps build up social security networks," he told AFP.

US urges C.Africa to 'break the cycle of violence'

The people of the Central African Republic must "break the cycle of violence" and halt revenge attacks, the United States urged Wednesday, voicing concern about ongoing clashes between Muslims and Christians. "This sectarian violence must end," said State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki in a statement. "The people of CAR must seize the opportunity afforded by its newly appointed transitional leadership and a strong level of international support to end the present crisis and move toward a stable and peaceful society. "

US urges C.Africa to 'break the cycle of violence'

The people of the Central African Republic must "break the cycle of violence" and halt revenge attacks, the United States urged Wednesday, voicing concern about ongoing clashes between Muslims and Christians. "This sectarian violence must end," said State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki in a statement. "The people of CAR must seize the opportunity afforded by its newly appointed transitional leadership and a strong level of international support to end the present crisis and move toward a stable and peaceful society. "

Children in Syria suffer unspeakable abuses in war

Children enduring the war in Syria have suffered terrible abuses, with the government and allied militia responsible for many killings, maiming and torture, according to a grim UN report. Rebels have also recruited youngsters as soldiers and used terror tactics in civilian areas, according to the UN's first report on this area of the conflict that was released to the Security Council on Tuesday.

California university defends response to hazing allegations

By Laila Kearney SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A California university facing criticism over its handling of hazing accusations involving an African-American student on campus last fall acted within its policies when responding to the incident, a fact-finding report showed on Monday. Authorities said four white students at San Jose State University displayed Nazi imagery and a Confederate flag in their dormitory suite to taunt a black dorm mate and also attempted to hang a U-shaped bicycle lock around his neck.

Unique cyberbullying law in Nova Scotia faces first courtroom test

HALIFAX - A unique law will be tested in a Nova Scotia courtroom for the first time when government lawyers argue later this month that someone accused of making online threats should be ordered to stop the alleged cyberbullying. Attorneys for the province's Justice Department will present the case in the Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Halifax on Feb. 11 under the Cyber-safety Act, one-of-a-kind legislation aimed at addressing the rising number of cyberbullying claims.

Corruption costs European economy 120 billion euros a year

By Martin Santa and John O'Donnell BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Corruption costs Europe 120 billion euros a year, or around one percent of economic output, according to the first ever report on graft in the 28-nation European Union by the executive European Commission. The report published on Monday places the EU, often portrayed as one of the globe's cleanest regions, in an unflattering light.

'Breathtaking' EU corruption costs 120 bn euros a year

Corruption across the European Union's 28 countries costs about 120 billion euros ($162 billion) per year -- a "breathtaking" sum equal to the EU's entire annual budget, EU Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem said Monday. Malmstroem said the actual figure could be even higher, despite the estimate amounting to a little less than one percent of the bloc's total economic output. "The extent of the problem in the EU is breathtaking," Malmstroem wrote in an op-ed piece in Swedish newspaper Goeteborgs-Posten.

'Breathtaking' EU corruption costs 120 bn euros a year

Corruption across the European Union's 28 countries costs about 120 billion euros ($162 billion) per year -- a "breathtaking" sum equal to the EU's entire annual budget, EU Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem said Monday. Malmstroem said the actual figure could be even higher, despite the estimate amounting to a little less than one percent of the bloc's total economic output. "The extent of the problem in the EU is breathtaking," Malmstroem wrote in an op-ed piece in Swedish newspaper Goeteborgs-Posten.
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