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US slams armed crackdowns on pro-democracy protests

The United States on Thursday denounced what it said was the growing use of security forces by repressive regimes to crackdown on a worldwide groundswell of pro-democracy protests. "The fundamental struggle for dignity, for decency in the treatment of human beings... is a driving force in all of human history," Secretary of State John Kerry said as he released his department's 2013 human rights report. But 2013 was "one of the most momentous years in the struggle for greater rights and freedoms in modern history," the top US diplomat told reporters.

New Manitoba school code of conduct pushes discussion over punishment

WINNIPEG - The Manitoba government has revealed its long-awaited code of conduct for schools as part of an anti-bullying strategy announced over a year ago. But the document released Wednesday stops short of imposing specific penalties for offences. Principals and other school officials will continue to have the discretion to decide what, if any, punishment should be handed down.

India court seeks age reports in Danish rape case

An Indian judge Thursday ordered reports to determine the age of one of six suspects accused of the gang-rape of a Danish tourist, as the group appeared in court. Defence lawyers said the defendant claimed that he was a minor, which would mean he could expect a much lighter sentence than his five co-accused if found guilty of the January 14 attack in New Delhi. Presiding judge Sudhanshu Kaushik ordered the lawyers to provide reports by the next hearing on March 6 at the court in the capital. The suspects were all remanded in custody until then.

India court seeks age reports in Danish rape case

An Indian judge Thursday ordered reports to determine the age of one of six suspects accused of the gang-rape of a Danish tourist, as the group appeared in court. Defence lawyers said the defendant claimed that he was a minor, which would mean he could expect a much lighter sentence than his five co-accused if found guilty of the January 14 attack in New Delhi. Presiding judge Sudhanshu Kaushik ordered the lawyers to provide reports by the next hearing on March 6 at the court in the capital. The suspects were all remanded in custody until then.

NFL: Incognito apologises after bullying report remarks

Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito apologised Tuesday for remarks made last week after being named the central figure in a National Football League bullying scandal. A 144-page report following an investigation that lasted more than three months and included more than 100 interviews found Incognito and two of his teammates guilty of harassing Jonathan Martin and another teammate as well as an assistant trainer.

NFL: Incognito apologises after bullying report remarks

Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito apologised Tuesday for remarks made last week after being named the central figure in a National Football League bullying scandal. A 144-page report following an investigation that lasted more than three months and included more than 100 interviews found Incognito and two of his teammates guilty of harassing Jonathan Martin and another teammate as well as an assistant trainer.

Brainwashing, surveillance, fear: daily fare in N.Korea

Brainwashed from birth, under constant surveillance, cowed by the all-embracing state and facing the spectre of disappearing forever in its vast network of camps if they step out of line. The cruel lot of North Koreans was spotlighted Monday in a landmark report by a UN-mandated human rights panel, which said it was time for regime officials to face international justice. Its 400 pages were filled with shocking testimony from North Koreans who have managed to escape the clutches of the totalitarian, nuclear-armed regime.

Seoul hails U.N. report accusing N. Korea of grave human rights violations

SEOUL, Feb. 17 (Yonhap) -- Seoul hailed a United Nations report accusing North Korea of grave human rights violations Monday, saying South Korea will strengthen cooperation with the international community to help improve the human rights situation in the communist country.

Effects of bullying may add up in kids: study

By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The negative physical and mental effects tied to bullying among children and teens may accumulate throughout the years, according to a new study. Researchers found that teens who had been bullied in the past and those currently being bullied tended to have a lower quality of life, compared to those who were bullied less or not at all.

Suspected hazing death of New York student ruled a homicide

(Reuters) - The death of a New York college student from brain trauma in a suspected fraternity hazing incident in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania in December was a homicide, a coroner said on Saturday. Chen "Michael" Deng, a freshman at Baruch College in Manhattan, died of injuries inflicted by one or more persons, the definition of homicide, said William Lisman, coroner of Luzurne County, Pennsylvania. Lisman said further details would have to come from police.
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