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World ‘not yet on track’ to ensure children a better future: UN rights chief

Some Member States have fallen short of offering a better future to children who continue to die prematurely or fall victim to poverty, trafficking and slavery, UN rights chief...

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Winter weather killed 15 displaced children in Syria: UN

Freezing temperatures and the lack of medical care have killed at least 15 displaced Syrian children in recent weeks, the United Nations reported on Tuesday.

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U.S. stamped thousands of child bride moves

Thousands of requests by men to bring in child and adolescent brides to live in the United States were approved over the past decade, according to government data obtained by the...

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Even `non-problem' drinking by parents tied to mental health problems in kids

Kids may be more likely to develop depression and anxiety when their parents are regular drinkers, even when neither parent drinks enough to be considered an alcoholic, a Norwegian...

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Parents often don't know when teens have suicidal thoughts

Three in four parents are unaware when their teens have recurrent thoughts about suicide, and a big part of the problem may be that adolescents often deny feeling this way, a U.S....

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Flavored tobacco use rising in U.S. kids as vaping takes off

The growing popularity of e-cigarettes among U.S. youth may be associated with increased use of potentially dangerous flavored tobacco products, a new study suggests.

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Nepali woman and children die in 'menstrual hut'

A woman and her two sons suffocated to death in Nepal after she was forced to sleep in a windowless shed during her period, police said on Thursday, the latest victims of an age-old...

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Kidnapped children make headlines, but abduction is rare in U.S.

A 13-year-old Wisconsin girl who escaped her captor this week nearly three months after her parents were killed and she was kidnapped has drawn international headlines, but...

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Saudi Arabia is trying to ban child marriage

 Saudi Arabia is trying to ban child marriage through new regulations, but loopholes are leaving young girls in the deeply conservative kingdom unprotected, campaigners said on...

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Rising human trafficking takes on ‘horrific dimensions’: almost a third of victims are children

A new UN report published on Monday shows that human trafficking is on the rise and taking on “horrific dimensions”, with sexual exploitation of victims the main driver. Children...

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Palestinian students ‘compelled to drop dreams because of financial cuts’

For students attending schools funded by the UN relief agency for Palestine refugees, (UNRWA), uncertainty over the future has become a constant worry, said the agency’s Director of...

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Britain failing forced marriage victims - campaigners

Britain is failing victims of forced marriage, campaigners said on Wednesday, after the government pledged to investigate reports women were being charged to be rescued. An...

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Social media linked to higher risk of depression in teen girls

Teenage girls are twice as likely as boys to show depressive symptoms linked to social media use - mainly due to online harassment and disturbed sleep, as well as poor body image...

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Newborn falls in hospitals, while rare, may increase with rooming-in

Hospital efforts to support breastfeeding by having babies “room-in” with mothers may have a rare unintended consequence: an increased risk of newborn falls.

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Detecting depression: Phone apps could monitor teen angst

Rising suicide rates and depression in U.S. teens and young adults have prompted researchers to ask a provocative question: Could the same devices that some people blame for...

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