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4 Afghan Children Killed in Blast

Posted November 18th, 2011 at 6:45 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in eastern Afghanistan say a roadside bomb blast has killed four children. A Nangarhar province spokesman said the bomb exploded Friday, killing the four children and wounding six others. Insurgents often plant roadside bombs to target Afghan security forces or international troops. The devices usually detonate when someone steps or drives over them.

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UN: Armed Conflict Disproportionately Affecting Children

Posted September 13th, 2011 at 12:11 pm (UTC-5)
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Millions of children around the world are disproportionately affected by ongoing wars, and are being forcefully recruited, killed, maimed and abused in those armed conflicts. According to an annual report by the United Nations special representative for children and armed conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy, children have become the “primary targets” of armed groups, and are increasingly […]

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23 Indian Children Get HIV from Transfusions

Posted September 12th, 2011 at 7:20 am (UTC-5)
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Authorities in western India say at least 23 children suffering from a rare genetic disorder have tested positive for HIV after receiving tainted blood transfusions. Officials say the youngsters’ HIV status was discovered at Junagadh Civil Hospital where they were among at least 100 thalassemic children receiving regular transfusions. Gujarat Health Minister Jay Narayan Vyas […]

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Afghan President Releases Would-Be Child Suicide Bombers

Posted August 30th, 2011 at 9:55 am (UTC-5)
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai has released eight children groomed by Taliban insurgents to become suicide bombers. Mr. Karzai greeted the group of boys, including a seven-year-old, during a ceremony at the presidential palace Tuesday. The president said five of the children would be released to their parents, while authorities search for homes for another two. […]

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Southern Chinese Province Seeks Relief From One-Child Policy

Posted July 12th, 2011 at 3:30 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in China’s most populous province say they have applied to Beijing for relief from a 30-year-old law that limits most couples to only one child. Officials with the Guangdong Population and Family Planning Commission say they are seeking permission to mount a pilot program under which families would be allowed a second child if […]

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