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Virgin Mary statue has been ‘weeping’ olive oil. Church leaders can’t explain it

Inside a Catholic church in New Mexico, a seven-foot-tall bronze statue of the Virgin Mary appears to be “weeping,” according to church leaders.

Indonesian villagers kill nearly 300 crocodiles in revenge attack

Indonesian villagers armed with knives, hammers and clubs slaughtered 292 crocodiles in revenge for the death of a man killed by a crocodile at a breeding farm, an official said.

Photographs released by Antara news agency showed bloodied carcasses of the crocodiles in a large pile in the Sorong district of the eastern Indonesian province of West Papua.

The head of Indonesia's Natural Resources Conservation Agency in West Papua said that the 48-year-old victim had entered the crocodile farm and was likely picking grass for animal feed when he was attacked.

Thai boys were passed ‘sleeping’ through cave: rescue diver

By AFP

The boys rescued from a Thai cave were passed "sleeping" on stretchers through the treacherous pathways, a former Thai Navy SEAL who was the last diver to leave the Tham Luang complex told AFP Wednesday.

  The details of the complex operation are among the first to emerge from a rescue effort to save 12 boys and their football coach that has been shrouded in secrecy since it began on Sunday and ended successfully three days later.

Michael Jackson was 'chemically castrated' by his late dad, says singer's ex doctor

Michael Jackson was chemically castrated as a child by his recently deceased father Joe Jackson, according to the King of Pop’s former doctor, Conrad Murray.

Murray, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and served two years in prison for delivering a fatal dose of the painkiller propofol to the singer in 2009, called the Jackson family patriarch “one of the worst fathers to his children in history” in a video obtained by The Blast.

Sexual consent: New Australian law requires that all partners must say ‘yes’ out loud

A couple. (Photo: Getty Images)

The nuances of sexual consent have been on the table recently thanks to the #MeToo movement, and one state in Australia is trying to clarify what consent should actually look like.

Thai coach apologizes to parents as boys write they're OK

By Associated Press

The soccer coach trapped in a cave with 12 Thai boys apologized to their parents in the first letter he and the team have sent out through divers, in which the boys say they're doing well and missing their families.

  The governor in charge of the rescue said Saturday that the cooperating weather and falling water levels over the last few days had created conditions for extraction that won't continue if it rains again.

How boys were forced to rape their mothers during Congo war

Boys in the Congo were forced to rape their mothers while blood-drinking soldiers feasted on the flesh of dying victims, a nightmarish new report claims.

   Rebels and government troops in the Kasai region of the African country have committed sickening atrocities including mass rape and cannibalism, UN human rights experts claim.

  In one horrific massacre, 186 men and young boys from a single village had their heads chopped off, the report says.

Macron parties at Fela Kuti's New Afrika Shrine in Nigeria

French President Emmanuel Macron shook up his two-day visit to Nigeria with a stop at the New Afrika Shrine, a concert hall founded by the late music legend Fela Kuti where partying Nigerians gather, though the usual gyrating dancers and marijuana were absent.

Macron, who was an intern in Nigeria at age 23, used the colorful evening at the Lagos nightclub to launch the 2020 Season of African Cultures in France.

"What happens in the shrine remains in the shrine," Macron said to cheers from the crowd.

Saraki, Eight Other Senators Begin Three-day Visit to Russian Parliament Tuesday

Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, will   Tuesday lead a Senate delegation on a three-day parliamentary visit to Russia, which is aimed at deepening legislative best practices and further strengthening the relationship between both countries.

ISIS Sneaking Extremists from Syria into Nigeria, Report Warns

Leaders of Islamic State (IS) are sneaking battle-hardened extremists from Syria into Nigeria, UK Sun reported Monday, saying some of the fighters are reportedly sent to the Middle East for training in a “chilling exchange programme”.

Muslim fundamentalists massed in the Boko Haram sect had held Nigeria by the jugular since 2009, maiming and killing thousands of people in the North-east of the country in particular.

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