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Man-eating leopard kills five-year-old boy in second attack in India: police

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A leopard has killed a five-year-old boy in central India in what is thought to be the beast’s second such deadly attack, police said on Wednesday.

The animal attacked the boy on Monday evening while he was going to the toilet in the courtyard of his home in Mendrapara village in Chhattisgarh state, said senior district police officer Vijay Pandey.

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His family raised the alarm after seeing the animal drag the boy away, sparking a search by villagers who discovered the body, Pandey told AFP.

He said the same beast killed a 10-year-old boy last December near Ram Tekri village in the same area, and is also believed to have attacked livestock.

“The forest department has already launched a massive haunt to capture the leopard,” he said.

The area where the attacks occurred is close to the Achanakmar Tiger Reserve, home to some 12 tigers as well as leopards.

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About a third of Chhattisgarh is forested, but destruction of native habitat and encroaching villages result in increasing contact between wild animals and humans.

India’s leopard population was put at 1,150 in a census in 2011. But conservationists have warned it is at risk as a result of rampant poaching for leopard skins.

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Harvey Weinstein to face new indictment in #MeToo sexual assault trial

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Fallen movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, who is awaiting trial on two sexual assault charges, will return to court next week to hear a new indictment against him, prosecutors said Thursday.

Weinstein, 67, will appear in a New York state court on Monday, said a spokesman for the Manhattan District Attorney, declining to comment on the details of the indictment.

He added, however, that it did not contain new charges and that the film producer's trial would start as scheduled on September 9.

The indictment is likely to allow another alleged victim of Weinstein to testify at the trial.

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President Donald Trump bragged that he got an overwhelming welcome from Ohio and Texas when he went to visit survivors of the mass shootings before his latest vacation. Now, however, El Paso's University Medical Center is being forced to dispute the president's account of events.

"Not only did they meet with me, they were pouring out of the room. The doctors were coming out of the operating rooms. There were hundreds and hundreds of people all over the floor. You couldn’t even walk on it. So, you know, there’s a lot to happen," Trump told reporters on the White House lawn Wednesday.

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A Michigan Catholic priest has been charged with one count of false imprisonment after he wrapped a teenage boy in plastic wrap and covered his eyes and mouth with masking tape, all while trapping him in the janitor's room of a church, ClickOnDetroit reports.

Rev. Brian Stanley, 57, faces up to 15 years in prison and would also have to register as a sex offender if convicted.

Stanley was reportedly entrusted by the teen's family as a counselor before the incident took place in the fall of 2013 at St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Otsego.

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