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Federal authorities are investigating whether Yale University has failed to effectively handle complaints of sexual harassment and assault.

 

The inquiry comes just Washington spelled out higher education's new legal obligations to respond to sexual violence.

 

The government cannot be held legally liable for abuses during the Mau Mau rebellion against British colonial rule in Kenya, a court has heard. Ministers want a claim for compensation from four elderly Kenyans struck out by the High Court in London. The claimants say they were assaulted between 1952 and 1961 by British colonial officers in detention camps.

 

The Foreign Office says Kenya had its own legal colonial government, which was responsible for the camps.

 

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(New York) - Libyan authorities should immediately allow Eman al-‘Obeidy, the woman who alleged that she was raped by Muammar Gaddafi's security forces, to leave Tripoli for her safety and to receive medical care, Human Rights Watch said today.

 

A US husband and wife accused of kidnapping a young girl and holding her captive for 18 years have pleaded not guilty in a California court.

 

Phillip and Nancy Garrido are charged with kidnapping, rape and other counts.

 

They are accused of abducting Jaycee Dugard, then aged 11, in 1991, raping her and holding her until she was freed and they were arrested in 2009.

 

On Thursday, a lawyer for Phillip Garrido said the grand jury that indicted him was improperly selected.

 

By Daphne Bramham

 

The RCMP is trying to verify a list of 31 girls aged 12 to 17, who over a 10-year period are alleged to have been transported by their fathers and brothers between Canada and the United States for religious marriages to older men.

 

An order of US Catholic priests has agreed to pay $166.1m (£103.3m) to hundreds of Native Americans sexually abused by priests at its schools.

 

The former students at Jesuit schools in five states of the north-western US said they were abused from the 1940s through the 1990s.

 

Under a settlement, the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province, will also apologise to the victims.

 

The order had argued paying out abuse claims would cause it to go bankrupt.

 

(New York) - The Libyan government should immediately release Eman al-‘Obeidy, the Libyan woman who accused government forces of raping her last week in Tripoli, and allow her family and international media to confirm independently that she is free and safe, Human Rights Watch today.

 

 

The government should promptly investigate the charges of rape that al-‘Obeidy raised and hold accountable anyone who violated the law, Human Rights Watch said.

 

 

By Edmund Sanders

 

Reporting from Jerusalem— Former Israeli President Moshe Katsav was sentenced Tuesday to seven years in prison for rape, sexual harassment and obstruction of justice, capping an emotionally charged trial that many Israelis viewed as a national embarrassment.

 

The Tel Aviv panel of judges who found Katsav guilty in December said their seven-year sentence was intended to show that no one is above the law in Israel and that rape is a serious crime.

 

The Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice (DOJ) released its findings that the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) engaged in misconduct and violated the Constitution. Following an investigation dating back to May 2010, the DOJ found that members of the NOPD failed to properly investigate accusations of sexual assault and domestic violence.

 

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