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Major report reveals 'extensive' abuse of women in EU

One in three EU women has suffered a physical and/or sexual assault since the age of 15, a major new study revealing "extensive" and "systematically under-reported" violence showed on Wednesday. The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), which interviewed 42,000 women aged 18-74 across the 28-nation bloc for the report, said it was the most comprehensive of its kind to date both in the EU and worldwide. "What emerges is a picture of extensive abuse that affects many women's lives, but is systematically under-reported to the authorities," FRA director Morten Kjaerum said.

Cost of violent crimes topped $12 billion in one year: Justice Canada study

OTTAWA - Violent crimes in Canada come with a huge financial cost, to victims and to the justice system, says a new Justice Canada report. Five types of violent crimes that occurred in 2009 had an economic impact of $12.7 billion, says the detailed accounting of dozens of factors, from medical care and lost wages to court and social welfare costs. The study is the department's fourth since 2011 to examine the grim price tags associated with crime in Canada, all of them focused on the burden placed on victims.

Pakistani couple stoned to death for adultery; six arrested

By Gul Yousafzai QUETTA, Pakistan (Reuters) - A couple were stoned to death for adultery in a remote area of Pakistan's western Baluchistan province, an official said Monday, leading to six men being held on suspicion of murder. The couple, both married to other people, were believed to be in their 30s, said Sarfaraz Bugti, the home minister for Baluchistan.

Pakistani couple stoned to death for adultery; six arrested

By Gul Yousafzai QUETTA, Pakistan (Reuters) - A couple were stoned to death for adultery in a remote area of Pakistan's western Baluchistan province, an official said Monday, leading to six men being held on suspicion of murder. The couple, both married to other people, were believed to be in their 30s, said Sarfaraz Bugti, the home minister for Baluchistan.

Study merges worldwide data on sex assaults on women

Worldwide, one woman in 14 has been sexually assaulted by someone other than a partner, according to the first global estimate of the problem, published on Wednesday. Its authors said that despite important gaps in data, the overall picture was clear: sex attacks on women are a big and widely overlooked problem. Reporting in The Lancet, researchers carried out an overview of investigations in 56 countries.

Pakistan sentences six for 'honour' killing

A court in Pakistan has sentenced one man to death and five others to life in jail for the murder of three brothers in a so-called "honour killing", lawyers said Friday. The case relates to an incident that attracted international attention, when a cleric sentenced four women and two men to death after mobile phone footage emerged of them enjoying themselves at a party. The three brothers were murdered in January last year by the men of a rival family, lawyer Abdul Saboor Khan told AFP.

U.S. Naval Academy superintendent grilled in sex assault case

By Lacey Johnson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lawyers for a U.S. Naval Academy football player accused of sexual assault grilled the school's superintendent on Friday over whether he was politically influenced to proceed with a court-martial. President Barack Obama has vowed to curb sexual misconduct in the military, and lawyers for midshipman Joshua Tate say they want to know if any "unlawful command influence" motivated Superintendent Vice Admiral Michael Miller in the case.

U.N. aided 38,000 victims of Syrian gender-based violence in 2013

By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - More than 38,000 people appealed to the United Nations for help after facing sexual assault or other gender-based violence in Syria in 2013, a figure which may represent the tip of the iceberg after nearly three years of conflict. U.N. humanitarian agencies have previously declined to produce statistics from Syria on gender-based violence, which covers any violence where gender is an issue, including rape, domestic violence, harassment and psychological abuse.

RugbyU: Samoa legend charged over domestic violence - report

Samoa rugby legend Brian Lima faces criminal charges after allegedly assaulting his ex-wife in public last week, leaving her with serious facial injuries, reports said Thursday. Lima, 41, who was inducted into the International Rugby Board Hall of Fame in 2011, is accused of attacking his wife Sina Retzlaff late last week, the Samoa Observer reported.

Report finds 'alarming' domestic violence in Fiji

Domestic violence rates in Fiji are more than twice the global average, with one woman a day suffering permanent disability after being assaulted by a partner, a report released Thursday found. The report by the Fiji Women's Crisis Centre described domestic violence rates as "alarming", saying they shattered the Pacific nation's image of itself as a laid-back island paradise. "Many people in Fiji believe that violence happens rarely, or that it is minor," said the 327-page report, partially funded by the Australian government.
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