MANILA, Philippines — A group of elderly Filipino women raped by Japanese troops during World War II called for compensation from Japan on Wednesday, following Tokyo's pledge of $8.3 million for South Korean women forced into Japanese military-run brothels during the war.

The women's lawyers said they were also exploring the possibility of filing cases with United Nations bodies and holding Philippine President Benigno Aquino III liable for allegedly failing to support the case of the women against Japan.

German police have identified three suspects in connection with attacks on women at New Year celebrations in the city of Cologne but have not yet made any arrests, the interior minister of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) said on Wednesday.

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(RNS) More than 1,200 rabbis and other Jewish leaders have signed a petition calling on Whole Foods to cut ties with former Rabbi Marc Gafni and deploring his alleged sexual predations.

BOSTON (AP) — Former students who say they were sexually abused at a prestigious Rhode Island boarding school are holding a news conference in Boston to call for an independent investigation into the abuse.

St. George's School in Middletown announced last month that it found 26 students were sexually abused by six school employees in the 1970s and 1980s. It acknowledged it did not report abusers to authorities at the time.

Arizona agreed on Monday to pay $3 million to an ex-prison teacher who was attacked and raped at a state correctional facility when she was left alone with a violent sexual offender.

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BERLIN — German authorities said on Tuesday that coordinated attacks in which young women were sexually harassed and robbed by hundreds of young men on New Year’s Eve in the western city of Cologne were unprecedented in scale and nature.

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Bill Cosby was charged Wednesday with sexually assaulting a woman at his home 12 years ago — the first criminal charges brought against the comedian out of the torrent of allegations that has destroyed his good-guy image as America's Dad.

"Today, after examining all of the evidence, we are able to seek justice on behalf of the victim," incoming Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said during a press conference.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A 40-year-old man is appealing his 580-year prison sentence for sexually abusing six children, including two Amish girls he and his girlfriend kidnapped in northern New York last year.

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28 December 2015 – Welcoming today’s agreement between Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK) on the issues related to “comfort women,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the two countries to look to the future in their relationships while still recognizing history.

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Tokyo - Japan must do more to stop child abuse, and especially the exploitation of young girls working in entertainment cafes across the country, according to a UN official.

This message comes as Japan records an increase in the number of exploitation cases reported from 2014.

To read full article, visit this Al Jazeera link.


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