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The recent death of a UAE-based child while on a “hoverboard" has sparked safety concerns over the self-balancing scooter which is growing in popularity worldwide. The new toy scooter, popular with adults and children alike, is said to pose a risk to public safety, which has led to the enforcement...
Why is it that as we grow older we stop feeling things less keenly? When we were children everything mattered, what are others doing? Why they are doing? How they are doing? When they are doing? But as we grow, we become more caught up in ourselves. Our problems...
PARENTS who deny their children love or affection could be jailed under new child neglect laws in Britain. Changes to the laws will make “emotional cruelty” a crime for the first time, alongside physical or sexual abuse, the London Telegraph reports. Parents found guilty under the “Cinderella Law”, which will be introduced in the...
TEHRAN // An Iranian schoolteacher has innovated an amusing way of encouraging young children to say their daily prayers — robotics. Akbar Rezaie, 27, attended private robotics classes and learnt to develop and assemble customised humanoid robots. He teaches the Quran to boys and girls at Alborz elementary school in the...
Nearly 400 children have been rescued and hundreds of people arrested worldwide after a sex abuse investigation in Canada. Police said they launched the investigation in November 2010 after finding some 200,000 explicit images of children at a house in Brantford, near Toronto. They later discovered a website, allegedly run by...
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York woman and her four young children were hacked to death with a meat cleaver in their Brooklyn home, and the father's cousin was charged with their murders on Sunday, the New York Police Department said. Responding to an emergency call on Saturday night,...
THE number of registered child refugees fleeing Syria's violence has topped the 1 million mark in another grim milestone of the deepening conflict, two U.N. agencies said Friday. Roughly half of all the nearly 2 million registered refugees from Syria are children, and some 740,000 of those are under the...
A BANK is demanding rent payment from two young children after their father died, leaving them without income. Ages four and nine, the children lost their father (41) in March of 2012 in a work related accident. Although the man’s will did include life insurance on his rent, BBVA officials say...
It's all very well for some, but the obstacles facing women returning from an extended period away from work can be insurmountable.  Women often find their old job has changed or disappeared altogether when they go back to their old employer after having children. Premieres, 12-hour days and trips across...
North Korean youngsters dressed in miniature replicas of military uniforms have celebrated Children's Day with a parade featuring toy cars decorated to look like tanks and rocket launchers. About 3,000 children took part in games, dances and a military parade in the country's capital, Pyongyang. Groups of children took part in...
Children who spend more time playing outside are less likely to suffer from short-sightedness. Two new studies have added to the body of evidence that daylight plays an important role in preventing the condition. It is not known why daylight is important but some experts believe levels of the brain chemical...
The pension of a Saudi woman married to a foreigner may soon be paid to the couple's children, according to an official from the Public Pension Agency (PPA). Fatima bint Mohammed Ali, director of the women’s department at the PPA, said she was confident that the Bureau of Experts at...
Science Daily  — A new study from the University of Pennsylvania has shown that children as young as 2 understand basic grammar rules when they first learn to speak and are not simply imitating adults. The study also applied the same statistical analysis on data from one of the most...
In the worst-affected countries, such as Liberia and Sierra Leone, children made up more than 70 percent of victims, said a report by charity Save the Children published on Wednesday. The study contained harrowing stories of children being killed after being raped and of others who were abducted and abused...
Men without children are more likely to suffer depression about the issue than their female counterparts. British researchers found that men are almost as likely as women to want children, and they feel more isolated, depressed, angry and sad than women if they don't have them.  The research, due to be...
Maayan Lubell   PALESTINIAN children detained by the Israeli military are subject to widespread, systematic ill-treatment that violates international law, a UNICEF report has said. The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) estimated that 700 Palestinian children aged 12-17, most of them boys, are arrested, interrogated and detained by the Israeli military, police...
The anguished cries of a little boy receiving treatment without anaesthetic for a shrapnel wound to the face fills the putrid air of a converted shop that is an Aleppo field hospital. The walls are splattered with blood. All around are shop fronts with medics working on the latest injured. A...
Pyongyang - Reports say a North Korean man has been executed after he killed his two children for food. He was reportedly put to death by firing squad after officials discovered he ate his children in the 2012 famine in which thousands of North Koreans died. According to The Independent,...
Speaking at the International Family and Social Politics Summit in Ankara on Wednesday, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo?an repeated his well-known advice that having one or two children per family means bankruptcy while having three means breaking even for the state in the long term. Erdo?an said the West is...
MORE than 230,000 Australians used a homeless service in 2011-12 and 99,000 were children or people aged up to 24. The first ever report on specialist homeless services by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare to be released today shows more than seven million nights of accommodation were...
Dolphin-assisted therapy for children with mental disabilities has made a splash in the West, and China is now riding the experimental tide. Shi Yingying and Erik Nilsson examine the impact these marine mammals have on the children they come into contact with. Zheng Jun says 15 sessions with a pair...
A MASSIVE fire that gutted four shopping outlets in north Queensland has been brought under control. The "enormous fire", which destroyed most of the Toys R Us, Clark Rubber and Autobarn stores, was put out about 3pm and firefighters were hosing down remanent flames. No one was injured. Much of North Mackay...
Several primary and secondary schools in Berlin are segregating migrant children into classes with “vastly inferior education,” to attract "ethnic Germans," an NGO has told a United Nations Human Rights session in Geneva. The report, drawn up by the Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI) noted that children of immigrants are...
Facebook has an ugly little secret, a number disclosed nowhere in its voluminous filings to become a public company and now only vaguely addressed by corporate officials. An estimated 5.6 million Facebook clients -- about 3.5 percent of its US users - are children who the company says are banned...
Poor children are missing out on warm coats, new shoes and hot meals at home, a report by Save The Children has shown as the charity launched its first-ever appeal to help British children escape poverty. The charity said there were 350,000 children in poverty in the UK, with 50...
Negative reactions to a song contest broadcast on TV -- in which young children are made to sing and dance in front of millions in the TV audience like adults -- are unlikely to cease soon. Pedagogues and child development specialists say the program is a form of “child abuse”...
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono requires full attention from his audiences, regardless their position or age. After a regional leader dozed off during one of his speeches in 2008, similar incident occurred on Wednesday. The president paused in the middle of his address after spotting two children “taking a nap” during...
Iran has experienced a dramatic growth in under-age marriages that has seen the number of girls being wed before the age of 10 double in the space of a year, officially-compiled figures have revealed. The trend has prompted child protection experts to warn of a surge in mental illness, suicides,...
The popularity of online gaming worlds for children is soaring, but how safe are children on the internet? Metro visited the British HQ of Club Penguin, one of the most popular virtual worlds, to find out. Adorning the walls of Club Penguin’s British headquarters are, unsurprisingly, a lot of pictures...
DUBAI // The creators of the world's most expensive cupcake now say they will donate 50 per cent of the profit from it to the World Food Programme.The Golden Phoenix, which is made using 23-carat edible gold sheets, sells for Dh3,700 at the Bloomsbury store in Dubai Mall –...