Hundreds of Kids Blackmailed Into Sex Acts

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_5c5f4bae6d.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (LONDON) -- Children across the world, some as young as 8 years old and many in the U.S., were blackmailed into performing sexual acts online and even forced into self-harming, British police said Friday. Over the past two years, at least 424 children have become victims of the blackmail, leading to seven people taking their own lives, according to new research published Friday by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP), a police agency in the United Kingdom.

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Bags of Money for Bribes Land Nigerian Politician in Jail

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_d3d9d2d57b.jpgComstock/Thinkstock (LONDON) -- Talk about nerve. As governor of Nigeria’s oil-rich Delta state, James Ibori was so deep into bribery and corruption that he tried to bribe the head of Nigeria’s anti-corruption office with a bag full of money that was so big one person could not carry it alone. The story came out in a London court this week.

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White House Suggests Obama Could Meet with Iran’s New President

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_25711398d7.jpgBEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- There’s nothing on the official schedule, but the White House is sending signals that President Obama is willing to meet with Iran’s new president and that the meeting could happen next week when the two leaders will be in New York for the United Nations General Assembly.

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Vladimir Putin May Go for Fourth Term

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_e4bac5af91.jpgJunko Kimura/Getty Images (MOSCOW) -- Vladimir Putin must love being Russia's president because he hasn't ruled out running for a fourth term. Although the next election isn't until 2018, the fiery leader dropped a huge hint Thursday about his future plans during a conversation he had with French Prime Minister François Fillon at a policy-making summit in Russia.

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Pope Francis Calls for More Compassionate Church

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_040f9db32d.jpgDan Kitwood/Getty Images (ROME) -- The pope seems to be shifting a new course for the Roman Catholic Church. In a blunt new interview published Thursday in Jesuit journals around the world, Pope Francis declares the church needs to shake its obsession with issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods.

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