(CNN) -- A raid at the headquarters of the Catholic Church in Belgium by police investigating child abuse was "deplorable," Pope Benedict XVI said Sunday.

 

The pope expressed his "closeness and solidarity in this moment of sadness, in which, with certain surprising and deplorable methods, the searches were carried out" in a letter to the head of the Belgian Bishops Conference, Andre Joseph Leonard.

 

Police were searching for documents related to allegations of child abuse, a spokesman for the Brussels prosecutor said Thursday.

 

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(Arbil) - A significant number of girls and women in Iraqi Kurdistan suffer female genital mutilation (FGM) and its destructive after-effects, Human Rights Watch said today in a new report. The Kurdistan Regional Government should take immediate action to end FGM and develop a long term plan for its eradication, including passing a law to ban the practice, Human Rights Watch said.

 

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Andijan, Uzbekistan (CNN) -- Lying on his hospital bed in Andijan, in eastern Uzbekistan, 65-year-old Khikmatullo Urunbayev, an ethnic Uzbek grandfather from Osh, in southern Kyrgyzstan, had tears in his eyes as he lifted his arm for us to see.

 

A bullet fired by an ethnic Kyrgyz gunman had shattered his bone a few days before. The agony, he told us, was still unbearable.

 

Maryland - A new, longer-lasting emergency contraceptive pill moved closer to the U.S. market on Thursday after U.S. medical advisers unanimously backed the one-dose drug as a safe and effective option to prevent an unplanned pregnancy.

 

Data for the drug, made by the French drugmaker HRA Pharma but to be sold by Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc in the United States, was compelling, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's advisory panel said.

 

ENOLA, Pa., June 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Sexual Violence Resource Center was established in 2000 as the nation's first resource center devoted exclusively to sexual violence. For the past decade, the NSVRC has collaborated with sexual assault coalitions, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and several community-based and national-allied projects to prevent sexual violence. To commemorate 10 years of service, the NSVRC is holding an open house on Tuesday, June 22.

 

By Becky Lee Katz

 

The Criminal Court of Abu Dhabi, in the capital of the United Arab Emirates, ruled this week that an 18-year-old Emirati woman who accused six men of gang-raping her will herself serve a one-year sentence for consensual sex.

 

It's one of in the latest in a scourge of reported rape cases in Dubai, The court proceedings were marred by legal travesties, experts say.

 

Children whose mothers said they were chronically abused by their partners were more likely to be obese by age 5 than similar children whose mothers did not report such steady family violence, Boston researchers report.

 

By Melanie Mason

 

With audiences worldwide gearing up for the 2010 World Cup, Rep. Kay Granger, R-Fort Worth, wants to direct attention to one of the seamier elements of the games.

 

Granger introduced a resolution in the House that calls for South Africa -- the home of this year's month-long tournament -- to fight sex trafficking of women and children, an ugly byproduct of the upsurge in tourism to the country. Half a million people are expected to visit the country during the course of the games, which start on Friday.

 

By Debra Erdley

 

Advocates for rape victims say the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's release of photographs, audio tapes and video of interviews with a 20-year-old coed who accused Pittsburgh Steelers' quarterback Ben Roethlisberger of rape is a nightmare come true.

 

"It certainly seems to me to be unnecessary and almost punitive to the victim," said attorney Carol Tracy, executive director of the Women's Law Project in Philadelphia.

 

COLUMBUS - Ohio's social-service and justice systems are ill-equipped to recognize and help victims of modern-day slavery, a state task force concluded yesterday.

 

Law enforcement often doesn't recognize that those they've arrested are victims, not criminals, while others sometimes fall through the cracks even when identified because of a lack of residential programs, counseling, and other services, the report said.

 

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