Wounded, alone and destined for a Russian orphanage, a 12-year-old Ukrainian girl is recruited for Moscow’s information war

CNN — Before the start of Russia’s war against Ukraine, Kira Obedinsky was a cheerful and beloved 12-year-old girl. Now orphaned, injured and alone in a Russian-controlled hospital in eastern Ukraine, she has become an unwitting pawn in Moscow’s information war. Obedinsky’s mother died when she was a baby. His father Yevhen Obedinsky, a former … Read more

ICON Park: “He had a bright future ahead of him.” Friends and teammates of teenager killed at Florida theme park pay their respects at vigil

CNN — He was a gentle giant who always supported others. A teammate often became a mentor. A kind and funny friend, always soft-spoken. This is how friends and family at a Missouri vigil remembered Tire Sampson, 14, who died last Thursday when he fell from a thrill ride at an amusement park during a … Read more

Judge issues temporary injunction barring Texas from investigating gender-claiming pediatric care as ‘child abuse’

CNN — A Texas judge has blocked the state from enforcing Governor Greg Abbott’s order to investigate the gendered treatment of minors as “child abuse.” “The court finds sufficient cause to issue a temporary injunction,” Travis County Judge Amy Clark Meachum said Friday night. The judge said Abbott’s order was “beyond the scope of his … Read more

Escaping the horror in Ukraine is not an option for many children with disabilities and their families

Kiev and Lviv, Ukraine CNN — Little does Vova know that a war is raging right outside her window. He doesn’t understand the meaning of air raid sirens. He is unaware of the destruction caused by the Russian bombs falling on Kiev. He just wants to build towers out of his toy blocks and press … Read more

Philippines raises age of sexual consent from 12 to 16

CNN — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a bill that raises the minimum age of sexual consent from 12 to 16, his office announced Monday, in a bid to protect minors from rape and sexual abuse. Until now, the Philippines had one of the lowest minimum ages of sexual consent in the … Read more

Ethan Crumbley: The school shooting suspect said he asked his parents to get him professional help. But they laughed or said ‘suck it’, he told a friend

CNN — The parents of Michigan school shooting suspect Ethan Crumbley will face trial for manslaughter, a judge ruled Thursday. “After hearing numerous testimonies, as well as evidence, and reviewing and viewing numerous exhibits, the court concludes that the deaths of the four victims could have been avoided had James and Jennifer Crumbley exercised ordinary … Read more