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Chairperson Norwegian Kirsten Sandberg, Vatican's UN Ambassador Monsignor Silvano Tomasi and Former Vatican Chief Prosecutor of Clerical Sexual Abuse Charles Scicluna. The Vatican was pushed for the first time to provide answers to the UN over its commitment to stamp out child sex abuse by priests

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The United Nations today lambasted the Vatican for failing to protect children from paedophile priests as investigators in Geneva probe the global scandal that rocked the Catholic Church to its foundations.

The UK's National Crime Agency describes the paedophile ring in the Philippines as 'a significant and emerging threat'

Police smash Philippines paedophile live-streaming ring

Operation Endeavour saw British police join forces with US and Australia investigators during two-year inquiry into international paedophile ring

Pope Francis addresses ambassadors to the Holy See at the Vatican on January 13, 2014

Vatican faces UN grilling over child sex abuse

Holy See will be questioned on Thursday over its implementation of UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Nigeria's anti-gay laws: Homosexuals rounded up and beaten, rights groups claim

Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act was passed on Monday

Yelp negative reviews: No anonymity for users says US court

Virginia judge decided that Joe Hadeed had produced enough evidence that negative reviews of his carpet cleaning business could be fake

John Button celebrates with his son Jenson after he claimed the 2009 Formula 1 drivers' world championship

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John Button was often in attendance to watch his son race

William Hague, left, with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, right, said there had been no ‘systematic’ torture by British troops

Pressure grows for inquiry into UK role in Iraq 'war crimes'

Senior UK military and political figures could end up in the dock as 400 victims denounce 'systemic' use of torture and cruelty

Ukraine opposition leader Yuri Lutsenko injured in police clash

Yuri Lutsenko was injured shortly after midnight when he tried to intervene in a confrontation between riot police and opposition activists

China sets thousands of prisoners free as labour camps close

China had promised to close it's "re-education" camps in 2007

Voices in Danger: For putting on a play, Carlos Santos was tortured by an El Salvador death squad

“I still have the scars on my hands from when I was hung from the roof”

West Bank: Palestinians detain Israeli settlers over attacks

Palestinians held more than a dozen Israeli settlers for about two hours in retaliation for the latest in a string of settler attacks on villages in the area.

Pastafarian minister Christopher Schaeffer is sworn into New York Town Council

Mr Schaeffer, a minister for the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, wore a colander on his head as he took his oath 

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And so, the greatest love story never told continues with Dennis Rodman proclaiming his unconditional devotion to North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

Dennis Rodman: 'I love Kim Jong Un'

The basketball star, who has taken on the role of coach of the national team, landed in North Korea earlier today flanked by 11 retired NBA players

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