By Nicola Goulding. Jennifer Z. Deaton and Laura Smith-Spark

Dubai (CNN) -- A Norwegian woman who was sentenced to prison in Dubai after reporting that she was raped has been given a pardon and will be heading home soon, she said Monday.

Speaking to reporters in Dubai, Marte Deborah Dalelv seemed relieved and happy as she confirmed the news -- if still slightly bewildered by the swift turn of events.

"They told me that I would be pardoned and that they were going to give me my passport back, so I got it immediately," she said.

REYKJAVIK — UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday expressed concern about sexual violence used against female protestors in Egypt, where millions have taken to the streets to demand the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi.

"I really hope that while addressing all this current crisis in a peaceful manner, they (Egyptians) should pay more attention to the female demonstrators since we have seen many sexual assault cases over the course of the demonstrations," he told reporters in Reykjavik.

A major UN child rights protection body has asked the Vatican to disclose details of thousands of paedophilia cases involving Catholic clergy.

The Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) made the request ahead of its hearing with Holy See officials, scheduled for January.

It is the first time the UN has asked for such a wide-ranging appraisal.

After taking office in March, Pope Francis said cracking down on sex abuse was vital for the Church's credibility.

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera has praised as "brave and mature" a pregnant 11-year-old rape victim who said she was happy to have the child.

The girl said during a TV interview the child would be "like having a doll".

Experts criticised Mr Pinera's comments as having no scientific foundation.

Mr Pinera supports Chile's abortion laws, which outlaw the practice in all circumstances. His critics want it legalised in cases of rape, and want the girl to be allowed an abortion.

By Carol J. Williams

A metal sculpture commemorating the “comfort women” used as sex slaves by Japanese troops during World War II stirred a transoceanic uproar among Japanese nationalists but the protest failed to block the project.

City officials in Glendale, north of Los Angeles, on Tuesday voted in favor of allowing the sculpture's installation at the South Korean section of a Sister Cities display at Glendale's Central Park.

Forty-six sexual assaults were reported by Operation Anti-Sexual Harassment (OpAntiSH) during the huge protests covered by international media in Tahrir Square that intended to oust Egypt's President Morsi.

"There [were] men with sticks at the entrance of the metro station across from KFC in Tahrir who are attacking women," reports OpAntiSH, a volunteer group that works to combat sexual violence in protests within the square's perimeter in downtown Cairo.

Newly released documents show the cardinal of the Archdiocese of New York, in his former job, repeatedly warned the Vatican of the potential for scandal over church sexual abuse in Milwaukee and oversaw a plan to pay off problem priests.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of Milwaukee at the time, also transferred $57 million (£37.5 million) into a trust to protect it from legal claims by sex abuse victims the documents show.

By Ariel Kaminer

In an emotional letter on Monday announcing his retirement after more than 60 years at Yeshiva University, its chancellor, Norman Lamm, apologized for not responding more assertively when students at Yeshiva University High School for Boys said that two rabbis there had sexually abused them.

Live streaming of child sex abuse via webcams is an emerging threat, experts have warned, amid a doubling of reported indecent images.

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre said children were being "abused to order".

Offenders targeted vulnerable families overseas, paying them to facilitate child abuse, according to its report.

Ceop said those carrying out abuse used a "hidden internet" to disguise their identity and avoid detection.

24 June 2013 – The Security Council today sent a strong signal to perpetrators of sexual violence in conflict that their crimes will not be tolerated, adopting a new resolution to strengthen efforts to end impunity for a scourge that affects not only large numbers of women and girls but also men and boys.

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