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Spain: three arrested for kidnapping Nigerian children to force mothers into prostitution

Spanish Police have arrested three Nigerians accused of kidnapping two Nigerian children to force their mothers into prostitution.<p>They are charged with tying the children up, and drugging and starving them in a flat in Valmojado in the Toledo region in central Spain.<p>Five other women were freed by …

French police evict 800 Roma people from camp in Paris

A Roma community has been evicted from one the largest camps in France.<p>The settlement in St-Ouen, St-Denis in Paris, which was home to 800 people, was destroyed afterwards.<p>Officials said the operation had been carried out for security reasons.<p>A small number of families were rehoused.

Belgium: euthanasia for terminally ill children?

Two Senate committees in Belgium have voted and approved a proposal to introduce the right to grant euthanasia for terminally ill children.<p>The proposed law, which still has to go to a vote of the full parliament, would make Belgium the first country in the world to remove the age limit for the …

Bulgaria struggles to cope with influx of Syrian refugees

Construction of a controversial 33-kilometre long, 3-metre tall fence has begun along the Bulgarian border with Turkey. The aim is to stop people entering Bulgaria illegally through the “green border” and to redirect them through proper border checkpoints.<p>At a joint press conference, Defence …

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UN report describes 'tragedy' facing Syrian refugee children

The UN has published a report into the tragedy facing a generation of Syrian children.<p>More than 1 million youngsters have been displaced by the war with around 4,000 living alone or separated from their parents.<p>Many have ended up being the primary breadwinner with no opportunity to go to …

Could extreme exercise help slow down the ageing process?

Every morning at 6am, 72-year-old grandmother Dr Betty Holsden-Smith enjoys the same exercise routine. She does a few crunches, lifts some weights, stretches and heads to the local track to run - for 12 hours straight.<p>Barely stopping to eat, drink or sleep, her longest "ultra-run" covered more than …

He was 14 minutes late for Queen Elizabeth, 50 minutes late for the Pope, 3 hours late for John Kerry. Why is Russia's President Putin always late? It could be a calculated snub. Power play. Or is it just forgetfulness?

Germany rethinks its liberal ways on sex workers

On Berlin's Kurfürstenstrasse, they are out in force: women in their late teens to late forties, some of them perhaps older but dressed to look younger. On a November night, many are wearing puffer jackets and tight-fitting jeans under their miniskirts.<p>A shiny grey BMW stops and silently winds down …

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