International Digest

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Samantha Cristoforetti

Three astronauts are due to return to Earth from the International Space Station (ISS), after the loss of a spacecraft delayed an earlier attempt.

The trio handed control of the ISS over to Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, after more than 200 days in space.

Among them is Samantha Cristoforetti, who has set the record for most time in space on a single mission by a woman.

Their Soyuz spacecraft undocked from the ISS at 11:20 BST and will land in Kazakhstan more than three hours later.

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UN peacekeepers regularly barter goods for sex with people in the countries the world body is meant to be helping, a draft UN report says.

The document by the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) says it has found that hundreds of women in Haiti and Liberia have been motivated by hunger and poverty to sell sex.

They are paid with cash, jewellery, mobile phones and other items.

The report says 480 sexual exploitation and abuse claims were made in 2008-13.

One-third of the allegations involved children.

The UN draft report says hundreds of women surveyed in Haiti and Liberia told they had been motivated by hunger, poverty and lifestyle improvement to sell sex to UN peacekeepers, according to Reuters news agency.

“Evidence from two peacekeeping mission countries demonstrates that transactional sex is quite common but underreported in peacekeeping missions,” the news agency is quoting the draft report.


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