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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.

Nigeria, Morocco agree on next steps for offshore/onshore gas pipeline

Morocco and Nigeria on Sunday signed a joint declaration in Rabat laying out the next steps for the completion of a gas pipeline deal that will be built onshore and offshore, Moroccan state news agency MAP said.

The two countries agreed to the pipeline in December 2016 and launched feasibility studies ending with a plan to build the pipeline onshore and offshore, it said.  

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