The clinic where an American doctor carried out late-term abortions before he was murdered will close permanently, his relatives say.
 
Dr George Tiller's clinic, in Wichita, Kansas, was one of only a few to offer such late abortions in the US.
 
His family said they were proud of the "service and courage" shown by Dr Tiller, who was shot dead on 31 May while serving as a church usher.
 
Scott Roeder, 51, has been charged with shooting dead Dr Tiller.

 

The Department of Justice granted over $114 million yesterday as part of its efforts to address and prevent violence against women across the country. The Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women released the funds to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and US territories through its STOP (Service, Training, Officers, Prosecutors) Violence Against Women Formula Grant Program.
 

The ringleader of the US military guards who photographed their abuse of suspected Iraqi insurgents at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison has been released.
 

Charles Graner served more than six-and-a-half years of a 10-year sentence, army officials said.
 

Graner, a former US Army Reserve specialist, was convicted of leading his six-member team in the sexual humiliation of naked prisoners.
 

Images of the acts emerged in 2004, sparking international outrage.
 

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.

 

By Sima Kotecha

 

American law enforcement agencies are being accused of not doing enough to combat the problem of child prostitution.

 

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) in the United States estimates that between 100,000 and 300,000 American children are forced into prostitution every year - sometimes through being kidnapped near their homes.

 

Some are as young as 12 years old.

 

he number of sexual assaults reported to the US Navy rose dramatically over the last year, officials have said.

The Navy puts the rise down to sailors' growing comfort reporting incidents of sexual assault and to their belief that authorities will take action.

The Navy says about 1,100 assaults were reported in the year ending this month, an increase of 50% from 726 last year.

The growing rate of military sexual assault has drawn congressional and White House attention in recent months.

The US Senate passed an amendment to the FY 2009 Budget to increase funding for the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) programs on March 13. Senator Joseph Biden of Delaware introduced the amendment that would increase funding to VAWA programs by $100 million. President Bush's proposed FY 2009 budget would have cut funding to VAWA by $120 million.
 
 
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Thousands of US sex offenders, prisoners on parole and other convicts were left unmonitored after an electronic tagging system shut down because of data overload.

 

BI Incorporated, which runs the system, reached its data threshold - more than two billion records - on Tuesday.

 

This left authorities across 49 states unaware of offenders' movement for about 12 hours.

 

BI increased its data storage capacity to avoid a repeat of the problem.

 

(Washington) - The US government needs to strengthen its protection of people in immigration detention to prevent sexual abuse and to ensure justice for victims, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

 

 

Human Rights Watch and 45 other organizations sent a letter to Secretary Janet Napolitano today, urging the Department of Homeland Security to develop strong, comprehensive standards to implement the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) in immigration facilities. They should be based closely on the final standards issued in May by the Department of Justice, which reflect years of extensive work by the Department and the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission.
The text of the letter follows.

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