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Xinhua Insight: Shared duties expected in fighting violence against children

KUNMING, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- "Xiaogang", 13, has finally made it back to school after being absent for over six years. The surly boy at the back of the classroom is conspicuously taller than his classmates. Chinese children of his age are normally in junior high, but the misfortunes of Xiaogang's family robbed him of his chance of an education, and he still languishes in primary school.

World Bank poorly prepared for conflict countries

The World Bank's anti-poverty programs are not well-structured for countries beset by conflict, and do too little for women suffering from violence, according to internal study released Monday. While the bank has prioritized helping the 370 million people living in 33 "low-income fragile and conflict-affected states", it needs to better prepare its programs in those countries, the study by the in-house Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) said.

WTO panel views China's rare earth export caps as violating rules

A World Trade Organization panel has broadly upheld a complaint that China's restrictions on rare earth exports run counter to WTO rules, sources close to the matter said Friday. The dispute settlement panel did so in its interim report distributed to relevant parties including Japan, the United States and the European Union that filed the complaint with the WTO, they said.

Strike narrowly averted at University of Manitoba, pact to last three years

WINNIPEG - A strike by professors at the University of Manitoba has been averted. The university and its faculty association reached a last-minute deal Monday night about half an hour before professors were to hit the picket line. As a result, classes will continue as scheduled. The three-year agreement on all major issues will ensure there will be no work stoppage. The parties have agreed to have the remaining issues sent to arbitration. The two sides opted for mediation last Friday after conciliation talks failed.

Arrests made in 4 Toronto homicides and 2 attempted murder cases: police

TORONTO - Eight "ruthless" people accused in six shootings — four of them "random acts of violence" — have been arrested and charged, Toronto police said on Thursday. Officers executed six search warrants while making the eight arrests in four homicides and two attempted murders that occurred between September 2008 and October 2012. Two homicide victims were targeted, while two other homicides and the attempted murders were random acts of violence, Staff Insp. Greg McLane told a news conference.

Brazil territory bans sales of toy guns

A Brazilian territory is believed to have become the first region in Latin America to ban the sale of toy guns as the country attempts to staunch an epidemic of firearm-related crime. The Federal District, which encompasses the country's capital Brasilia and various satellite towns, launched the initiative as Brazil moved to tackle its murder rate. "To change the culture of violence we must begin from childhood. Our sons will start understanding what is often repeated, that guns are not toys," said Alirio Neto, the federal secretary's justice secretary.

Put me out of business, trauma doctor pleads after U.S. Navy Yard shootings

By Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A doctor who oversaw the treatment of multiple victims of Monday's mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard is seizing her time in the spotlight to call for an end to gun violence. Janis Orlowski, the 57-year-old chief medical officer at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center, has worked nearly a decade at the facility, a top trauma center that frequently treats victims of gun violence in a city still plagued by drug crime.

Treasury Board bargained in bad faith with striking diplomats: ruling

OTTAWA - The Public Service Labour Relations Board ruled Friday that the federal government has been bargaining in bad faith with its striking diplomats. Treasury Board violated the Public Service Labour Relations Act by imposing conditions in advance on binding arbitration, the ruling stated. But in its 27-page decision, the board does not impose a remedy in the long-running saga that universities and tourism groups say has deprived foreign students and travellers from getting the visas they need to come to Canada.

Complaints against UK banks rise by 15 percent: Ombudsman

By Matt Scuffham LONDON (Reuters) - The number of complaints against British banks grew by 15 percent in the first half of 2013 driven by complaints over the mis-selling of loan insurance, the Financial Ombudsman Service said on Wednesday. The ombudsman, which deals with cases in which banks and their customers cannot settle a dispute, said it received 327,000 complaints during the period. Complaints about payment protection insurance (PPI) rose by a quarter to 266,000.

Pakistan launches mobile mediation court to help back logged court

By Jibran Ahmad PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistani officials have begun offering mediation in a mobile courtroom to test whether it can help clear clogged courts. The courtroom-on-a-bus will mediate small civil cases, minor criminal cases and juvenile cases, Hayat Ali Shah, the head of the provincial judicial academy, said Wednesday. Cases can drag on for decades in Pakistan - there are 1.4 million pending nationally.
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