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North Korea: How Christians survive in the world's most anti-Christian nation


For 16 years, North Korea has been ranked the “most oppressive place in the world for Christians,” and this week the U.S. State Department re-asserted it as one of the world’s worst religious persecutors – torturing and executing those even suspected of worshipping God. But that still hasn’t stopped an estimated 36 percent of the population – around 9 million – from practicing Christianity.

“Life is extremely difficult for all North Koreans, but Christians face an even tougher road,” Jeff King, president of International Christian Concern told Fox News.

“Christians are accused of being imperialists seeking to overthrow the government and those who are caught practicing their faith are arrested, horrendously tortured, imprisoned and [sometimes] immediately put to death.”

So how do these brave devotees do it in the most closed country on earth?

On the surface, Christianity does exist in North Korea. Its constitution on paper vows to protect religious freedom and forbids discrimination based on one’s faith. Thus, the capital, Pyongyang, is currently host to five state-controlled churches – the Protestant Bongsu, Chilgol and Jeil Churches, the Catholic Jangchung Cathedral and the most recent being the Orthodox Holy Trinity Russian Church. Yet all are deemed to be little more than fraudulent showpieces for visiting officials and tourists.

Foreign visitors are routinely paraded around these sites, in which aptly dressed church officials clutch Bibles and bow at the altar. But Chad O’Carroll, managing director of the Seoul-based news and analysis firm Korea Risk Group, told Fox News that these are generally just hand-picked state workers whose vocation is to feign religion. The collection plates are passed through congregations and locals appear to donate as foreigners look on, but the plate ends up empty at the end.

“Guides often complain about having to go to church and put on the show because some diplomatic figure is in town,” he continued. “There’s a mosque in Pyongyang to keep the Iranian officials happy, and the Russians have their church.”

Indeed, the Russian Embassy to North Korea boasts that the decision to build the first Orthodox Church was made in 2002 after former leader Kim Jong il visited a church on an official trip to the Russian Far East. The Russians state that their Orthodox Church donated bells, icons and church utensils to the project, and that services are held every Saturday and Sunday and that the Russian Embassy “traditionally invites heads and personnel of the diplomatic missions and international organizations to participate in services on the biggest Christian holidays, such as Christmas and Easter Holiday.”

But below the surface, there is an authentic Christian movement – with extreme risk. It is estimated that there up to 70,000 Christian prisoners in concentration camps in North Korea, and the Database Center for North Korean Human Rights conjectures that more than 75 percent of Christians who are dealt this fate do not survive. Defectors have spoken of Christians being crushed by steamrollers and used to test biological weapons, or hung on a cross over a fire.

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One of the biggest obstacles Christians face is paranoia and snitching from even close confidantes, as the Kim Jong Un regime encourages tattling for rewards.

“A famous saying in North Korean culture is: ‘The walls have eyes and the fields have ears.’ Christians must be extremely careful to hide their faith as much as possible, they must practice in the dark and be very wary of neighbors, friends and family members turning them in as all citizens must spy on each other,” King said. “Most parents refrain from introducing their children to the Christian faith until they are older in order to protect the family.”

Case in point: Vernon Brewer, founder and president of humanitarian organization World Help told Fox News that he often thinks about a case involving a girl named Eun, whose third-grade teacher gave the class a “special assignment” to go home and “look for a book” and if it’s the right book, the student will be honored. Eun ended up finding a Bible.

Defectors have spoken of Christians being crushed by steamrollers and used to test biological weapons, or hung on a cross over a fire.

“The next day she received a prize at her school. But when Eun returned home, her parents weren’t there,” he recalled. “It’s hard to imagine such cruelty that would unknowingly turn children on their own parents.”

Not only does the regime jail suspected culprits without trial, but they will often snatch up relatives – irrespective of whether they share the Christian belief – and are known to punish families up to three generations, Brewer said.

Parents brave enough to share their faith with their children, or extended families, are known to gather in lightless back rooms of their homes where they can only whisper their prayers and hymns. Often their Bibles are scattered pages to disguise “the book.”

North Koreans are sometimes granted permission to visit China, where some are believed to access Bibles and other Christian literature and smuggle them back in — at their utmost peril. O’Carroll also pointed out that Christian missionaries sometimes operate orphanages and other services in border areas, but they do this without any religious symbolism.

“They preach and practice through their actions rather than traditional ways,” he explained.

From the late 19th century until the Korean War, North Korea was a Christian stronghold – and Pyongyang was considered the “Jerusalem of the East.” While it is now anything but friendly to the faithful, activists claim Christianity is still burgeoning in the deeply tyrannical country.

“Despite efforts to eradicate Christians, we have found the church is North Korea is actually growing,” Brewer added. “They know only God is powerful enough to break through the darkness of the most oppressive regime on earth.”

Hollie McKay has been a FoxNews.com staff reporter since 2007. She has reported extensively from the Middle East on the rise and fall of terrorist groups such as ISIS in Iraq. Follow her on twitter at @holliesmckay



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When Haters Hijack History


Is anything and everything related to the Confederacy be wiped from the face of the earth?  Doing so, these radicals risk losing sight of American history.

True, there were some Confederates who were virulent racists.  Nathan Bedford Forrest, an untutored cavalry genius and perhaps the best cavalry leader of the war, was a former slave trader. He was so lost to hatred that he massacred black Union soldiers he’d captured at Fort Pillow.  After the war, he founded the KKK.  Anybody who still honors Forrest for his exceptional war-fighting ability is either psychotic or ignorant.

However, there were other Confederates who cared nothing for slavery, including General Robert E. Lee, the focus of the Charlottesville brouhaha. At the start of the war, President Lincoln – clearly no friend of slavery – offered Lee – the pre-eminent soldier of his generation – the command of the entire Union Army.  Lee, who in early 1861 had opposed the creation of the Confederacy, graciously refused his President’s request, not because he supported slavery – he didn’t – but because he would not fight against his home state.  He told Presidential advisor Francis P. Blair:

I look upon secession as anarchy. If I owned the four millions of slaves in the south I would sacrifice them all to the Union [here, Lee did not mean “human sacrifice,” but instead freedom for those four million slaves]. But how can I draw my sword upon Virginia, my native state?”

Late in the war, Lee strongly advocated to Jefferson Davis – as well as to individual slave-holders – that slaves should be freed on the condition that they enlist in and fight for the Confederacy.

Lee and his immediate family opposed slavery.  His wife and mother-in-law were active in a pre-war Christian Southern movement to liberate slaves, relocating them to Liberia.  Lee’s wife and daughter set up an illegal school for slaves at Arlington Plantation, teaching them to read the bible.  On December 27, 1856, Lee wrote to his wife Mary Anna Lee:

“… In this enlightened age, there are few I believe, but what will acknowledge, that slavery as an institution, is a moral & political evil in any Country. It is useless to expatiate on its disadvantages.

In 1862, Lee freed the remainder of the family’s slaves, many of whom were direct descendents of slaves owned by the adopted grandson of President George Washington.

Despite this, it would be inaccurate to view Lee as an active abolitionist. Like many Christian Southerners of his class and station, he felt slavery was a moral wrong, one that God would sort out in His own time.  Lee had other priorities.  Yet despite his willingness to free his family’s slaves, as well as to free and enlist slaves into his Army, and despite his post-war support of civil rights for blacks, far-left radical racists still want to banish Lee from America.

Where does this hijacking of American history take us?

Statue of a Confederate soldier toppled by a mob in Durham, NC

The far-right racist Nazis and Klukkers want to enshrine their spiritual father, Nathan Bedford Forrest as a hero for his undoubted gifts as a cavalry leader – as well as for founding the KKK.  Fortunately, no matter how many violent rallies they hold, this will never happen.  They will not succeed.

However, the far-left racists from Black Lives Matter have enough media credibility to push for more dramatic changes, and they’ve already begun to succeed.  Having triumphed over Confederate heroes and symbols, they are now targeting our twelve slaveholding Presidents.  Those Presidents whose honors are – or will soon be – on the chopping block include:

  • George Washington, who in his will freed all his slaves
  • Thomas Jefferson, who actively opposed slavery and freed some slaves in his will
  • James Madison, who did not free his slaves or actively oppose slavery
  • James Monroe actively opposed slavery and supported the creation of Liberia, a homeland in Africa for freed slaves – its capital, Monrovia, is named for him
  • Andrew Jackson, who owned slaves and may have been a slave trader, never freed any slaves
  • Martin Van Buren’s father owned six slaves. The President owned one slave, Tom who escaped to the north, and – after Tom was caught – Van Buren insisted he remain free.  Politically, Van Buren opposed the expansion of slavery to western territories
  • William Henry Harrison inherited several slaves and lobbied to extend slavery to Indiana – this was opposed by slave-holding President Thomas Jefferson
  • John Tyler considered slavery evil, but he owned slaves and did not free them
  • James K. Polk owned slaves – his will would have freed them, but Lincoln ended slavery before Polk’s will could be executed
  • Zachary Taylor owned slaves but resisted the expansion of slavery into the territories – he may have been poisoned by slavery advocates
  • Andrew Johnson owned a few slaves and successfully pushed Lincoln to exempt Tennessee from the Emancipation Proclamation
  • Ulysses S. Grant’s wife inherited a few slaves, and Grant owned one slave for two years – yet despite crushing financial need, Grant freed that one slave in 1859. During the war, he enlisted slaves into his army and paid them for their service; after the war, he pushed for civil rights for former slaves, and for American Indians

Using the far-left Black Lives Matter movement’s flawed logic, our nation’s capital – along with one of our states – will have to change their names.  The monument built to honor our first President will have to be torn down.  Yes, President Washington despised slavery and wrote often of his desire to abolish it, but obviously, that isn’t enough.  Joining President Washington’s “dethroning” will have to be President Jefferson. Will we have to abandon the Declaration of Independence, which he wrote?  Clearly, Monticello must be torn down, while the University of Virginia in Charlottesville will have to renounce its founder.  Ultimately, all twelve slave-owning Presidents will find their statues ripped down, their names banished from public property, and their real merits lost to history.

While nobody with any sense can find any logic in the far-right racist groups like the Nazis or the Klukkers, Black Lives Matter’s media power – and the fear many have of being labeled a racist for opposing them, will continue to give haters on the far left the power to rewrite American history.

Ned Barnett is, among other things, an historian who’s appeared on nine History Channel programs.  He has extensively studied the American Civil War and its leaders, and he has worked for civil rights for blacks. A native of Ohio, he believes ancestors fought with a Pennsylvania regiment of coal miners to help free the slaves.

Is anything and everything related to the Confederacy be wiped from the face of the earth?  Doing so, these radicals risk losing sight of American history.

True, there were some Confederates who were virulent racists.  Nathan Bedford Forrest, an untutored cavalry genius and perhaps the best cavalry leader of the war, was a former slave trader. He was so lost to hatred that he massacred black Union soldiers he’d captured at Fort Pillow.  After the war, he founded the KKK.  Anybody who still honors Forrest for his exceptional war-fighting ability is either psychotic or ignorant.

However, there were other Confederates who cared nothing for slavery, including General Robert E. Lee, the focus of the Charlottesville brouhaha. At the start of the war, President Lincoln – clearly no friend of slavery – offered Lee – the pre-eminent soldier of his generation – the command of the entire Union Army.  Lee, who in early 1861 had opposed the creation of the Confederacy, graciously refused his President’s request, not because he supported slavery – he didn’t – but because he would not fight against his home state.  He told Presidential advisor Francis P. Blair:

I look upon secession as anarchy. If I owned the four millions of slaves in the south I would sacrifice them all to the Union [here, Lee did not mean “human sacrifice,” but instead freedom for those four million slaves]. But how can I draw my sword upon Virginia, my native state?”

Late in the war, Lee strongly advocated to Jefferson Davis – as well as to individual slave-holders – that slaves should be freed on the condition that they enlist in and fight for the Confederacy.

Lee and his immediate family opposed slavery.  His wife and mother-in-law were active in a pre-war Christian Southern movement to liberate slaves, relocating them to Liberia.  Lee’s wife and daughter set up an illegal school for slaves at Arlington Plantation, teaching them to read the bible.  On December 27, 1856, Lee wrote to his wife Mary Anna Lee:

“… In this enlightened age, there are few I believe, but what will acknowledge, that slavery as an institution, is a moral & political evil in any Country. It is useless to expatiate on its disadvantages.

In 1862, Lee freed the remainder of the family’s slaves, many of whom were direct descendents of slaves owned by the adopted grandson of President George Washington.

Despite this, it would be inaccurate to view Lee as an active abolitionist. Like many Christian Southerners of his class and station, he felt slavery was a moral wrong, one that God would sort out in His own time.  Lee had other priorities.  Yet despite his willingness to free his family’s slaves, as well as to free and enlist slaves into his Army, and despite his post-war support of civil rights for blacks, far-left radical racists still want to banish Lee from America.

Where does this hijacking of American history take us?

Statue of a Confederate soldier toppled by a mob in Durham, NC

The far-right racist Nazis and Klukkers want to enshrine their spiritual father, Nathan Bedford Forrest as a hero for his undoubted gifts as a cavalry leader – as well as for founding the KKK.  Fortunately, no matter how many violent rallies they hold, this will never happen.  They will not succeed.

However, the far-left racists from Black Lives Matter have enough media credibility to push for more dramatic changes, and they’ve already begun to succeed.  Having triumphed over Confederate heroes and symbols, they are now targeting our twelve slaveholding Presidents.  Those Presidents whose honors are – or will soon be – on the chopping block include:

  • George Washington, who in his will freed all his slaves
  • Thomas Jefferson, who actively opposed slavery and freed some slaves in his will
  • James Madison, who did not free his slaves or actively oppose slavery
  • James Monroe actively opposed slavery and supported the creation of Liberia, a homeland in Africa for freed slaves – its capital, Monrovia, is named for him
  • Andrew Jackson, who owned slaves and may have been a slave trader, never freed any slaves
  • Martin Van Buren’s father owned six slaves. The President owned one slave, Tom who escaped to the north, and – after Tom was caught – Van Buren insisted he remain free.  Politically, Van Buren opposed the expansion of slavery to western territories
  • William Henry Harrison inherited several slaves and lobbied to extend slavery to Indiana – this was opposed by slave-holding President Thomas Jefferson
  • John Tyler considered slavery evil, but he owned slaves and did not free them
  • James K. Polk owned slaves – his will would have freed them, but Lincoln ended slavery before Polk’s will could be executed
  • Zachary Taylor owned slaves but resisted the expansion of slavery into the territories – he may have been poisoned by slavery advocates
  • Andrew Johnson owned a few slaves and successfully pushed Lincoln to exempt Tennessee from the Emancipation Proclamation
  • Ulysses S. Grant’s wife inherited a few slaves, and Grant owned one slave for two years – yet despite crushing financial need, Grant freed that one slave in 1859. During the war, he enlisted slaves into his army and paid them for their service; after the war, he pushed for civil rights for former slaves, and for American Indians

Using the far-left Black Lives Matter movement’s flawed logic, our nation’s capital – along with one of our states – will have to change their names.  The monument built to honor our first President will have to be torn down.  Yes, President Washington despised slavery and wrote often of his desire to abolish it, but obviously, that isn’t enough.  Joining President Washington’s “dethroning” will have to be President Jefferson. Will we have to abandon the Declaration of Independence, which he wrote?  Clearly, Monticello must be torn down, while the University of Virginia in Charlottesville will have to renounce its founder.  Ultimately, all twelve slave-owning Presidents will find their statues ripped down, their names banished from public property, and their real merits lost to history.

While nobody with any sense can find any logic in the far-right racist groups like the Nazis or the Klukkers, Black Lives Matter’s media power – and the fear many have of being labeled a racist for opposing them, will continue to give haters on the far left the power to rewrite American history.

Ned Barnett is, among other things, an historian who’s appeared on nine History Channel programs.  He has extensively studied the American Civil War and its leaders, and he has worked for civil rights for blacks. A native of Ohio, he believes ancestors fought with a Pennsylvania regiment of coal miners to help free the slaves.



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Total of 6 officers shot in Florida, Pennsylvania


Three people were in custody Friday night, including a “strong suspect,” after one police officer was fatally shot and another suffered grave injuries in Kissimmee, Fla., south of Orlando.

At a press briefing, Police Chief Jeff O’Dell said police Officer Matthew Baxter succumbed to his wounds, and Officer Sam Howard was in critical condition, but the “prognosis does not look good,” O’Dell said.

Initial reports said both officers had died.

The two officers were in the area of Palmway and Cypress, checking out a report of a suspicious person at approximately 9:27 p.m. Soon afterward, a 9-1-1 call came in, saying the officers had been shot, O’Dell said.

The area is known for high drug activity, the chief said.

O’Dell said the officers did not return fire, and it appears they were “surprised.” 

When asked by reporters if the officers were ambushed, O’Dell said, “It’s leaning that way.”

Only one of the suspects was believed to have been armed, the chief said.

Both officers are husbands, and have children. Baxter is married to another Kissimmee police officer.

President Donald Trump took to Twitter to express his condolences.

Also on Friday night, two police officers were shot in Jacksonville, Fla., and two state troopers were shot in Pennsylvania.

A unit of four to five Jacksonville police officers responded to an attempted suicide call late Friday evening. As officers approached the house, the suspect started shooting through a doorway, seriously injuring two officers, Jacksonville police said at a media briefing.

The suspect was shot, and later died at a hospital, police tweeted.

In Pennsylvania, both state troopers were in stable condition and the suspect was killed, authorities said. A press briefing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

The shootings are not related, authorities said.

 

 



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American teacher dies after 'laughing too hard' and falling off balcony in Mexico


A Pennsylvania school teacher vacationing in Mexico died Monday when she fell off a roof-top balcony — because she was laughing too hard.

Sharon Regoli Ciferno, 50, a teacher at Charles A. Huston Middle School in western Pennsylvania, was with her daughter at a friend’s house in Mexico when she sat on a deck ledge that doubled as a bench, her brother told PennLive.

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“She started laughing very hard and when she put her head back she lost her balance and fell back,” her brother, David Regoli, told the website. “She suffered multiple injuries to her body and brain.”

Alcohol was not a factor, he said. The building code standards in Mexico are not as stringent as in the U.S.

“Unfortunately, there was no back on the deck,” Regoli said.

Regoli Ciferno was taken to a hospital in San Diego and died of her injuries.

“This was a tragic accident that has devastated our very close-knit family,” her brother said.

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The tragedy happened just as her students were getting ready to return to school from summer break. Huston Middle School Principal Brian Ferra told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that Regoli Ciferno’s death will leave a void at the school.

“She wore her heart on her sleeve,” Ferra told the website. “She would do anything for anyone.”

Regoli Ciferno was married and a mother of two teens, ages 15 and 17, according to her obituary.



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Girl, 14, found after fears she may have run off with her janitor, report says


An Illinois teenager was found late Friday after her family told police she may have run away with her high school’s former track supervisor and janitor, local media reported.

Anna Racine, 14, disappeared early Monday from her mother’s residence in Bureau Junction, according to Crime Online. Karen Podobinski, the teen’s mom, said she believed her daughter was with Morgan Burcham, 21.

Both were spotted around 7 p.m. local time in Minnesota, the News Tribune reported.

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“The initial information on Anna went out to a network for law enforcement,” Gary Becket, an investigator with Bureau County Sheriff’s Department, told the newspaper.

It was not immediately clear whether Burcham would face any charges. His father helped investigators find the pair, the News Tribune added.



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Two police officers slain near Orlando, Fla.


A suspect was reportedly in custody Friday night after two police officers were shot to death in Kissimmee, Fla., south of Orlando, according to media reports.

Mayor Teresa Jacobs confirmed the deaths in a tweet in which she also offered condolences to the families of the fallen officers, who were not identified.

No further details were immediately available. Neighboring law enforcement agencies are assisting in the investigation.

Local television coverage showed a large number of police vehicles at the scene, at the intersection of Palmway and Cypress, the Associated Press reported.

Meanwhile, two officers also were reported shot in Jacksonville, Fla., News4Jax.com reported. The conditions of the officers was not immediately available.

This is a developing story.



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Could the human remains found in Aruba be Natalee Holloway? Experts weigh in – Natalee Holloway's father speaks out on discovery: 'I was shocked'


Human remains recently found in Aruba during the latest search for clues in the disappearance of American student Natalee Holloway 12 years ago has many asking if her family might finally find closure.

“It could be her remains, the definitive thing would be doing the DNA tests,” Dr. Michael Baden, former New York City chief medical examiner, told Fox News on Friday. Baden said initial analysis would have told forensics experts whether the remains match in terms of gender, age group, height, and weight, while the further DNA tests would confirm identity.

And if the remains prove to be those of Holloway, who was 18 when she disappeared, they could give indications of how she died – and whether she was murdered. “Assuming it’s human,” Baden said of the remains, “we would know immediately. It [also] depends on which bones they have.”

The latest quest by Holloway’s father, Dave, and private investigator T.J. Ward is chronicled in a series titled “The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway,” on the Oxygen channel premiering Saturday.

“Natalee was an all-American kid,” her father said. “Straight A student. Very pretty girl. Had her life and goals already planned out. She was going to go to the University of Alabama with a scholarship… You know, her goal was to be a pediatrician and there’s no doubt in my mind that if this haven’t happened in Aruba, we’d be calling her Dr. Holloway… And in a blink of an eye, all those hopes and dreams were gone forever.”

Information leading to the recently discovered remains first came from an informant named Gabriel, who befriended the former roommate of Joran van der Sloot, a Dutch man Natalee was last seen with outside a bar before her disappearance. Van der Sloot, now 30, currently is serving a 28-year sentence in a Peruvian jail for killing business student Stephany Flores — five years to the day after Natalee’s disappearance.

According to the informant, van der Sloot attempted to kiss Natalee after her drink was spiked with date rape drug GHB. But when Natalee began to foam at the mouth, he panicked, and she fatally choked on her vomit. Van der Sloot then allegedly placed Natalee’s folded corpse in a burlap sack, Gabriel said, and buried her in an Aruban park, using a cactus plant to cover his tracks.

Van der Sloot allegedly confessed to his friend in confidence. “They lived together for several months and during those months, Joran shared a lot of information with him that is not public knowledge. … And that’s one of the reasons we pursued this,” David Holloway said.

International law expert Rahul Manchanda told Fox News that if the remains are indeed Holloway’s, prosecutors in Aruba would probably re-file charges against van der Sloot.

“Peru could theoretically consent to an extradition of Joran van der Sloot to face trial in either Aruba or the United States, but this would be a diplomatic matter with the U.S. State Department probably winning out since Natalee Holloway was a U.S. citizen,” Manchanda said. “But since the crime took place in Aruba, the USA would be hard pressed to bring him to the USA, unless both Aruba and Peru consent, which they probably would in order to maintain good diplomatic relations with the U.S.”

He added, “Either way, the Aruban government looks thoroughly compromised and corrupt, so it would not take a whole lot of arm twisting to transfer the case to the U.S., most likely Miami, Florida or even in Natalee’s home state of Alabama, assuming no objections from Peru or Aruba.”

Manchanda said van der Sloot could also face charges in his home nation of the Netherlands. He said, “The option of conducting a review on the basis of a proven violation of the European Convention on Human Rights has been broadened, Joran could theoretically face the proverbial music in the E.U. as well.”

Fox News’ Elizabeth Llorente contributed to this report.



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Turtle with two heads spotted in Florida


The University of Central Florida’s Marine Turtle Research group found a turtle with two heads south of Patrick Airforce Base in Brevard County last week.

“We see odd things like this on occasion, and it isn’t something out of the ordinary. It is rare, but does occur. The turtle was very active and was released,” said Kate Mansfield from the Department of Biology.

Mansfield is a marine biologist who heads the group, and said, “We often find hatchling stragglers and this was one of them. We always release the stragglers. It is rare to find a two-headed turtle but not unheard of. We see a number of developmental anomalies each year.”

This story originally appeared on Fox 13.



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10-year-old India rape victim unknowingly gives birth to baby girl, report says


A 10-year-old rape victim who was denied an abortion by the Indian Supreme Court and was kept in the dark about her pregnancy, has reportedly given birth to a baby girl. The unidentified girl, whose uncle was arrested after she accused him of raping her several times over the last seven months, is said to be in good condition, BBC News reported.

The baby was born at 35 weeks gestation via Caesarean section in Chandigarh, and weighs 4.8 pounds, the news outlet reported. The girl’s parents reportedly plan to put the baby up for adoption and did not see the newborn.

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The case made international headlines after the girl was taken to the hospital for complaints of a stomach ache, only for doctors to discover she was several months pregnant. Indian law does not allow for abortions past 20 weeks of gestation unless there is a threat to the mother’s health. The country’s Supreme Court did not find an exception for her case.

Child welfare activists told the BBC News that the girl does not know what has happened to her, and that the parents did not see the signs of pregnancy due to her young age. She was reportedly told her growing stomach was due to a big stone. 



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'Take a sledgehammer to it': 2 Bill Clinton accusers want SD statue to come down


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Two women who accused former President Bill Clinton of sexually assaulting them said it is time for his South Dakota statue to be destroyed.

In the wake of factions calling for the destruction of Confederate statues following violence in Charlottesville, Va., accusers Juanita Broaddrick and Paula Jones see Clinton as just as oppressive.

Broaddrick, 74, told the American Mirror that Clinton’s statue in Rapid City is a symbol of an “abhorrent and morally deficient” president.

She said Clinton raped her inside a Little Rock, Ark. hotel in 1978.

“I would like to personally use a sledgehammer on it, with the help of Kathleen Willey and Paula Jones,” she said of the statue. “Bill Clinton is abhorrent and morally deficient to say the least.”

She said left-wing groups that often stand up for women’s rights continue to ignore her allegations against the Democrat.

Jones, 50, said on Facebook that she is “100 percent offended” by the statue of the man she said abused her while he was governor of Arkansas.

In 1994, Jones sued Clinton, who settled for an estimated $850,000.

“Taylor Swift was only grabbed on the [expletive]. That’s so wrong. But, not near as offensive as the governor groping you and showing you his little crooked [groin] and asking for sexual favors,” she said.


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