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Report: Thousands evacuated in Philippines as volcano threatens to erupt

Thousands of people have been evacuated from a region in the central Philippines over fears that a volcano is about to erupt, ABC News reports.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology has moved Mount Mayon in Albay province up to alert level three following recent earthquakes and gas emissions.

Authorities have reportedly ordered a six-kilometre (3.7 mile) evacuation zone around the active volcano.

Philippines welcomes 100 millionth baby with cake

A baby girl named Chonalyn has made history as the 100 millionth person born into the Philippines' population - though reaching the milestone has raised concerns for one of Asia's fastest-growing populations.

Officials in the world's 12th most populous country welcomed its newest citizen with cake and gifts after she was born at 12:35am local time at a weight of around 6lb 2oz at the Jose Fabella hospital in Manila.

Chonalyn and her mother Dailin Duras Cabigayan were showered with cake and infant clothes after the historic birth in Manila. Credit: Reuters/Romeo Ranoco

A spokesman for the United Nations Population Fund said the Philippines faced challenges and opportunities to provide health and education to a now nine-figure population in which 54 per cent are under the age of 25.

"It is important to emphasise that population is not merely a matter of numbers, but of human rights and opportunities," Klaus Beck said.

Dailin, who works as a maid, received a unique certificate to treasure. Credit: Reuters/Romeo Ranoco


Blackmailed teen 'another faceless victim to exploit'

A teenager who took his own life after being blackmailed by strangers online is "every parent's worst nightmare", his mother has said.

Nicola Perry said that Daniel, 17, was left traumatised by the ordeal. She added:

Whoever was at the other end of that computer did not know Daniel. They didn't care that he was a loving and caring person with his whole life ahead of him. To them, he was just another faceless victim to exploit for cash.

Losing Daniel has left us all devastated and we are still trying to come to terms with what has happened.

Police Scotland: 'No hiding place' for online criminals

Interpol, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and authorities in the Philippines joined a major criminal inquiry after a British teenager, who was blackmailed online, took his own life.

Police Scotland said Daniel Perry, 17, from Dunfermline in Fife lost his life due to cyber-crime linked to the Philippines. Assistant Chief Constable Malcolm Graham, of major crime and public protection, said:

Our message is clear: Our focus is on keeping people safe and there is no hiding place - anywhere in the world - if you are a criminal and you undertake this type of activity, which preys on those who might be the most vulnerable and susceptible to coercion and blackmail.

A young Scottish teenager lost his life as a result of this online activity. The impact on his family, friends and wider community cannot be imagined.

David Beckham visits typhoon-devastated Philippines

David Beckham has visited the Philippines as part of Unicef's relief efforts in the devastated country.

The former England captain was welcomed by hundreds of Typhoon victims in the central city of Tacloban who have been living in United Nations tents outside a sports stadium.

David Beckham greets victims of Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban city in central Philippines. Credit: Reuters

The 38-year-old exchanged high-fives and posed for pictures with children.

Tacloban is still struggling to recover from the impact of Typhoon Haiyan which struck last November killing 6,200 people and displacing thousands more.

Former England captain David Beckham arrives at an evacuation centre to visit typhoon victims. Credit: Reuters

Zafrin Chowdhury, a spokeswoman for the Unicef office in Manila, said Beckham was touched by the typhoon's impact and wanted to meet displaced children and their families.

Beckham and his wife Victoria have previously donated some of their designer clothes and shoes to raise funds for the victims of the disaster.


Police tracked abuse network through sex offender

An inquiry was prompted when Northamptonshire Police visited registered sex offender Timothy Ford and began tracking the international abuse network from obscene videos they found on his computer. He was paying to view live sex abuse and planned to move to the Philippines to open an internet cafe

The use of webcams to stream live abuse, particularly from the developing world, is a significant and emerging threat according to the NCA's CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) command.

Extreme poverty, the increasing availability of high-speed internet and the existence of a vast and comparatively wealthy overseas customer base has led to organised crime groups exploiting children for financial gain.

– National Crime Agency statement

Instead was jailed for eight-and-a-half years in March last year.Another member of the paedophile network, Thomas Owen, who had nearly four million images of child abuse when he was arrested, was jailed for seven years in July last year.

Police target 'extremely dangerous' child sex offenders

The National Crime Agency said that a joint police investigation had identified "extremely dangerous child sexual offenders".

This investigation has identified some extremely dangerous child sexual offenders who believed paying for children to be abused to order was something they could get away with.

Being thousands of miles away makes no difference to their guilt. In my mind they are just as responsible for the abuse of these children as the contact abusers overseas.

Protecting the victims of abuse is our priority and that means attacking every link in the chain, from dismantling the organised groups who are motivated by profit through to targeting their customers.

– Andy Baker from the National Crime Agency

So far 15 children aged six to 15 have been rescued after being identified as victims. In some cases their own relatives sold them for abuse.

In the UK five of the 17 suspects arrested have been convicted, nine investigations are ongoing, one will face no further action and two are dead.

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