Former Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell appeared in an Australian court for an appeal hearing against his convictions for sexually abusing two choir boys in the 1990s.
The country's police force is being accused of the inept and insensitive handling of the case of 10-year-old Farishta, raising questions about the entire justice system.
More arrests were expected as officials in nearly 60 countries pursue investigations stemming from an Interpol operation launched two years ago into a hidden "dark web" site with 63,000 users worldwide.
23 journalists and 13 news outlets have been accused of aiding and abetting contempt of court by overseas media and breaching suppression orders which can be punished with jail for up to five years.
A German prosecutor's investigation into the child sexual abuse case involving police in Germany's Lugde has revealed gross negligence by the authorities following an array of scandals erupting one after another related to the case.
Roman Catholic priests in northeastern US state sexually abused thousands of children over a 70-year period and silenced victims through "the weaponisation of faith", says a report made public by Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro.
Japan on Friday has announced the emergency measures nationwide to confirm the safety of all preschoolers with help of law enforcement officials following the death of a five-year-old girl.
Prosecutors say Ina Rogers' children were also punched, burned with scalding water, shot with weapons such as crossbows and bb guns, and hit with weapons such as sticks and bats.
A 23-year-old man convicted of sexually assaulting a 3-year-old girl got a new sentence of 25 years to life in prison after an appeals court found the trial judge's 10-year sentence too lenient.
Backing new legal measures against child abusers, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says child abuse leads to society's collapse.
Australia's longest-running royal commission has been investigating since 2012 how the Catholic Church and other institutions responded to sexual abuse of children in the country over 90 years.
Cardinal George Pell, Pope Francis' chief financial adviser and Australia's most senior Catholic, is the highest-ranking Vatican official to ever be charged in the church's long-running sexual abuse scandal.
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