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INTERNATIONAL: Trump expected to revoke rules on transgender rights in schools

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NY POST – Republican President Donald Trump’s administration was expected to revoke landmark guidelines issued to public schools in defense of transgender student rights, according to a draft document seen by Reuters. The draft reverses former Democratic President Barack Obama’s signature initiative on transgender rights, which instructed public schools to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms matching their gender identity. ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Woman convinced she was speaking to Virgin Mary actually had brain tumor

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NY POST – A woman who convinced herself she was speaking to the Virgin Mary was actually battling a brain tumor, doctors discovered. The unnamed 60-year-old, who lives in Spain, suddenly became religious, finding God in just two months. Family and friends described the woman as being happy and positive. But they told doctors she was not particularly religious. Yet ...

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INTERNATIONAL: China, Venezuela number 790 cooperation agreements in strategic areas

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PRESS RELEASE – Through the High-Level Joint Commission, shared by Venezuela and the People’s Republic of China since 2001, 790 cooperation projects have been developed to enhance development of strategic areas. This commission, which emerged as a result of the Cooperation Framework Agreement, signed between late President Hugo Chavez and his Chinese counterpart Jiang Zemin, currently includes the implementation of ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Homeowner finds landscaper having sex with family dog

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NEW YORK POST — An Atlanta-area man has turned himself in after he was accused of engaging in a sex act with a dog while working as a landscaper. Citing jail records, news outlets report that 61-year-old Cruz Barreralugo turned himself in to authorities Monday. A Lawrenceville man called police Saturday to report that he was playing in his yard with ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Nokia 3310 to be relaunched at MWC

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INDEPENDENT (UK) – Nokia will re-launch the 3310, perhaps the best-loved and most resilient phone in history. The phone, originally released in 2000 and in many ways beginning the modern age of mobiles, will be sold as a way of getting lots of battery life in a nearly indestructible body. The new incarnation of the old 3310 will be sold ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Pakistan bans Valentine’s Day

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INDEPENDENT (UK) – Pakistan has become the latest country to ban Valentine’s Day. It has prohibited all public celebrations and any media coverage because the celebration is not part of Muslim traditions. The ruling was handed down by the Islamabad High Court, following an unsuccessful attempt to ban the festival last year. President Mamnoon Hussain urged Pakistanis not to observe Valentine’s Day, which he ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Hundreds of illegal immigrants arrested in ‘routine’ U.S. enforcement surge

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YAHOO NEWS – U.S. federal immigration agents arrested hundreds of undocumented immigrants in at least four states this week in what officials on Friday called routine enforcement actions. Reports of immigration sweeps this week sparked concern among immigration advocates and families, coming on the heels of President Donald Trump’s executive order barring refugees and immigrants from seven majority-Muslim nations. That ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Man jailed for marrying mother and her daughter

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NY POST – A bail bondsman has been jailed on charges he was simultaneously married to a 43-year-old woman and her 18-year-old daughter, and illegally possessed weapons by working in Pennsylvania under an alias. The suspect is charged under the name Christopher Hauptmann, though authorities believe his real last name is Buckley and he has a felony drug conviction in ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Doctors find cockroach in woman’s skull after she reported ‘crawling sensation’

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INDEPENDENT (UK) – The 42-year-old Indian woman was in deep slumber last Tuesday night until she awoke around midnight to a “tingling, crawling sensation” in her right nostril. At first, the woman, a domestic worker named Selvi, brushed the feeling off, assuming she might be catching a cold, the Times of India reported. But she soon felt something move. She spent ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Buddhist monk caught with millions of meth pills

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NEW YORK POST – A Buddhist monk is facing some bad karma after being caught with more than 4.6 million methamphetamine pills, officials said. U Arsara was driving a Toyota Kluger from Shwe Baho village in the town of Maungdaw in Rakhine state, in Myanmar, when he was pulled over Sunday by members of a narcotics task force. Cops found ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Teenage hitman accused of more than 30 murders

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SKY NEWS – A 17-year-old who is accused of carrying out more than 30 murders has been arrested by police in Colombia. The teenage suspect – known only by his nickname ‘Frijolito’ – was held in the city of Cali in the South American country. Police describe him as a “highly dangerous criminal” and said he was caught after a ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Nun says Mary likely was not a virgin

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NEW YORK POST – A nun in Spain has received death threats from angry Catholics after suggesting that Mary likely had sex with husband Joseph – much like any “normal couple” would. Sister Lucia Caram – a self-described “restless and disturbing” nun on her Twitter profile that boasts more than 183,000 followers – seemingly contradicted Roman Catholic faith by suggesting ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Women rush for designer vaginas

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JAMAICA OBSERVER/AFP – A rush of women going under the knife for designer genitals has taken even plastic surgeons by surprise and divided medical professionals on the ethics and benefits of “labiaplasty”. In 2015, more than 95,000 women worldwide underwent the procedure, according to data from the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS). Most often, labiaplasty involves trimming back the ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Nigerian man with 86 wives dies aged 93

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BBC – Mohammed Bello Abubakar, known as Baba Masaba, died at his home in central Niger state on Saturday after an undisclosed illness. A large crowd attended his funeral on Sunday. Nigeria’s Daily Trust newspaper reported that while he had 86 wives in 2008 – when he was at the centre of media attention – the number had risen to ...

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INTERNATIONAL: US plans to ask visitors for social media info before granting entry

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TELEGRAPH (UK) – The White House reportedly hopes to start collecting social media data from foreign visitors, denying entry to those who refuse. According to CNN, travellers would also be asked to share their mobile phone contacts under the controversial proposals. White House policy director Stephen Miller has already raised the idea with officials from the State Department, Customs and Border Patrol, ...

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INTERNATIONAL: First human-pig embryos made, then destroyed

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CNN – To grow human organs within animal bodies has long been the dream of scientists wanting to provide transplantable hearts, lungs, kidneys and other organs for patients in need. A glimpse of possible success in this elusive goal was seen Thursday. Using stem cell technologies, researchers generated human cells and human tissues in the embryos of pigs and cattle. ...

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Caretaker beats elderly patient for feeding dog ‘human food’

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FOX8 – Police released graphic home surveillance video of a Texas caretaker viciously abusing an elderly patient. The video shows the caretaker, identified by police as Brenda Floyd, berating and striking the victim in the living room of her Houston home, according to KIAH. Police said the video was taken around 8 p.m. on New Year’s Day at the patient’s house ...

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INTERNATIONAL: African refugee drowns in Venice as bystanders laugh

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HUFFINGTON POST (UK) – An African man drowned in Venice’s Grand Canal as onlookers abused him and filmed his struggle on their mobile phone, in an incident now being investigated by Italian authorities. In photos that have since emerged, Pateh Sabally, a 22-year-old refugee from Gambia, can be seen flailing in the middle of the canal on Sunday as on-lookers ...

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INTERNATIONAL: We reject Trump’s border wall – Mexico’s President

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NY POST – Mexico’s president says he rejects the decision by U.S. President Donald Trump to build a border wall and repeated that his country would not pay for it. President Enrique Pena Nieto did not address reports that he was considering” canceling next week’s visit to Washington following Trump’s order to begin construction of the wall between the two ...

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St Lucian Magistrate awarded Freedom of The City of London Award

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PRESS RELEASE – Justin Moore has been awarded the freedom of the city of London for his work in the community. Moore, who originally comes from Soufriere was given the “honorary freedom” which is the highest accolade the city of London can bestow on someone.It recognizes persons of distinction and persons who have in the opinion of the council rendered ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Teen broadcasts her suicide on Facebook Live

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NEW YORK POST – A 14-year-old foster child in Florida broadcast her own suicide on social media Sunday night, police said. Nakia Venant had started a livestream — reportedly on Facebook Live — when she fashioned a noose out of a scarf and hanged herself from the bathroom door of her Miami area home just after 3 a.m., the state’s Department ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Trump expected to sign anti-immigration executive orders Wednesday

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NEW YORK DAILY NEWS – President Trump is expected to sign executive orders on immigration on Wednesday, according to reports. He is expected to sign orders both restricting access to the United States for most refugees and stopping visas being issued to residents of Muslim countries Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, Reuters reported Tuesday evening. The Associated Press ...

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INTERNATIONAL: UK gov’t loses challenge over Brexit vote

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CNN – Britain’s Supreme Court has ruled that the UK government must hold a vote in parliament before beginning the process of leaving the European Union. The decision is a complication for Prime Minister Theresa May, who wanted to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty — the legal mechanism that begins the process of leaving the EU — by ...

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INTERNATIONAL: America running out of young people ‘willing to flip burgers’

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BUSINESS INSIDER – America is running out of young people “willing to flip burgers” as the number of people in the workforce between 16 and 24 years old without a college degree steadily declines, according to a note from Bank of America Merrill Lynch. “This cohort has been declining since the start of this recovery, probably reflecting the continued push towards ...

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INTERNATIONAL: California scientist names moth species after Donald Trump

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LOS ANGELES TIMES – A scientist in California has named a newly discovered moth species after President-elect Donald Trump, saying the white and yellow scales on the insect’s head are reminiscent of Trump’s blond hairdo. The moth was named Neopalpa donaldtrumpi by evolutionary biologist Dr. Vazrick Nazari, who discovered it while dissecting moths and noticing that three specimens had a ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Donald Trump sworn in as 45th President of USA

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INDEPENDENT (UK) – Donald Trump has been sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. Mr Trump and his team will now embark on his avowed mission to undo many of the achievements of Barack Obama, including the monumental health care reform law, the Affordable Care Act. “The movement continues – the work begins!” President Trump tweeted hours before ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Woman hiding $70K worth of cocaine in box of Jamaican beef patties busted at JFK

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NY DAILY NEWS – This box of beef patties was a different kind of flaky. A Jamaican woman was busted after Customs agents found four pounds of cocaine hidden in a box of the golden-crusted meat-filled treats at Kennedy Airport, officials said Thursday. Federal Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials said agents got suspicious when they found the box of ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Dozens feared dead in Italian avalanche

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REUTERS – A huge avalanche swallowed up a luxury mountain hotel in central Italy after a series of strong earthquakes rocked the area, burying up to 30 people under tonnes of snow and debris, officials said on Thursday. Italian media said three bodies had been retrieved from the site. Rescue workers declined to comment on the reports, but said they ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Wanted, £45-an-hour cleaners – must work naked (and only women may apply)

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TELEGRAPH(UK) – A cleaning company is offering £45 an hour for women who are prepared to work naked. London-based Naturist Cleaners is recruiting female staff “of all ages and figures” to clean private houses across the UK while wearing just slippers and gloves. Clients – the majority of whom are nudists, according to the agency – are charged £65 for the first ...

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INTERNATIONAL: American woman allergic to her husband

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BBC – Twenty-nine-year-old Johanna Watkins from Minnesota cannot kiss her husband Scott, or even spend time in the same room as him. She suffers from Mast Cell Activation Syndrome, a rare disorder of the immune system, which means she is allergic to almost everything, including her husband’s scent. Johanna and Scott Watkins’s date nights are very different from other couple’s. ...

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INTERNATIONAL: WhatsApp vulnerable to snooping — report

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AFP — The Facebook-owned mobile messaging service WhatsApp is vulnerable to interception, the Guardian newspaper reported on Friday, sparking concern over an app advertised as putting an emphasis on privacy. The report said that WhatsApp messages could be read without its billion-plus users knowing due to a security backdoor in the way the company has implemented its end-to-end encryption protocol. ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Police tackle and beat black man suspected of stealing a car that actually belonged to him

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MSN – Pinned to the ground by officers who kneed and struck him, Lawrence Crosby screamed whatever he could think of to convince them that he was a law-abiding PhD student, not a violent car thief. “This is my vehicle, sir,” he said, his voice captured by the dashboard-camera video. “I have evidence . . . I purchased this vehicle Jan. 23, ...

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INTERNATIONAL: US man pays tax bill using five wheelbarrows of coins

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BBC – A US businessman in dispute with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has paid his $3,000 tax bill using five wheelbarrows containing 300,000 coins. Nick Stafford from Cedar Buff, Virginia, delivered so many coins that the DMV’s automated counting machines could not cope with the volume. His delivery stunt follows a legal row he had with the DMV ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Man convicted of rape for taking off condom during sex

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INDEPENDENT (UK) – A man has been convicted of rape after taking off a condom during sex without his sexual partner knowing. The landmark decision by the Criminal Court in Lausanne, Switzerland, determined that having sex without a condom constituted rape if the use of one was expected. The 47-year-old was given a 12-month suspended sentence on Monday, according to ...

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INTERNATIONAL: ‘Tree Man’ undergoes life-changing hand surgeries

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NEW YORK POST – A man whose wart-covered skin earned him the striking nickname “Tree Man” has turned over a new leaf after undergoing 16 surgeries in a year to remove the debilitating growths. Barcroft Media reported 27-year-old Abul Bajandar’s hands and feet were consumed by 11 pounds of bark-like warts due to epidermodysplasia verruciformis (EV), an extremely rare condition ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Fist fight breaks out in Turkey parliament

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MIRROR (UK) –  A mass brawl erupted inside the Turkish Parliament as MPs debated a crucial constitutional reform bill set to extended their president’s powers. Scuffles started, quickly followed by fist flying, when lawmakers from the two main parties clashed on the floor of the house. Politicians from the ruling AK Party and main opposition Republican’s People Party (CHP) were ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Scientists can now grow a beating human heart from stem cells

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INDEPENDENT (UK) – A team of scientists from Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School have used adult skin cells to regenerate functional human heart tissue. The study, published in the journal Circulation Research, detailed that the team took adult skin cells, using a technique called messenger RNA to turn them into pluripotent stem cells, before inducing them to become ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Woman busted smuggling lover out of prison in a suitcase

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NEW YORK POST – Love definitely didn’t set this Venezuelan woman free! Antonieta Robles Saouda, 25, was arrested after she tried to break her boyfriend out of prison by stuffing him into a hot pink suitcase and wheeling him out, according to Central European News agency. She went to the Jose Antonio Anzoategui prison in Venezuela with her 6-year-old daughter ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Serial killer ex-cop admits to killing 25 more women

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NEW YORK POST – A former Russian cop and notorious serial-killer known as “The Werewolf” recently told investigators that he had murdered more than twice as many women as previously thought — for a total of 59, according to published reports. Mikhail Popkov is already serving a life sentence for 22 murders, The Siberian Times reported. But he told authorities that ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Dylann Roof sentenced to death for church massacre

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NEW YORK POST – It took a Charleston federal jury less than three hours Tuesday to sentence convicted mass killer Dylann Roof to death by lethal injection. Roof, 22, who was convicted last month of slaughtering nine worshipers at the historically black Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church during bible study in June 2015, stared straight ahead as the verdict was ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Pennsylvania mother and boyfriend raped and dismembered teenage daughter, say police

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INDEPENDENT (UK) – Officials in Pennsylvania have charged a man and woman of raping and killing her adopted daughter before dismembering the 14-year-old to fulfil a unlikely sexual fantasy. Jacob Sullivan, 44, was arrested by Bucks County detectives and formally charged with rape and murder on Sunday morning over the death of Grace Packer, whose dismembered body was found by hunters ...

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