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Paraguay may use army to control prisons plagued by Brazilian gangs

Paraguay may use army to control prisons plagued by Brazilian gangs

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March 12 (UPI) -- Paraguay is considering the use of its armed forces to control detention centers housing the Brazilian gangs leading recent prison riots in the country. Vice President Hugo Velazquez, acting on behalf of President Mario Abdo, who traveled to meet with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, said officials are considering using the army to help dissuade violence. "We are going to use the armed forces dissuasively outside the jail, so as to avoid these things," he said. The recent incidents involve inmates in Paraguay that belong to the First Capital Commando criminal band, which operates in Paraguay and Brazil. The group has nearly 300 inmates in Paraguay. On Monday, the group took four jail guards hostage at the Concepcion jail. Released after several minutes, one of freed...
Islamic schools in Pakistan plagued by cases of sex abuse

Islamic schools in Pakistan plagued by cases of sex abuse

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Kausar Parveen struggles through tears as she remembers the blood-soaked pants of her 9-year-old son, raped by a religious cleric. Each time she begins to speak, she stops, swallows hard, wipes her tears and begins again. The boy had studied for a year at a nearby Islamic school in the town of Kehrore Pakka. In the blistering heat of late April, in the grimy two-room Islamic madrassa, he awoke one night to find his teacher lying beside him. "I didn't move. I was afraid," he says. The cleric lifted the boy's long tunic-style shirt over his head, and then pulled down his baggy pants. "I was crying. He was hurting me. He shoved my shirt in my mouth," the boy says, using his scarf to show how the cleric tried to stifle his cries. He looks over at his mother. "Did he touch you?'" He nods. "Did...