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Mother Teresa’s charity sold babies: Indian police

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A nun and a staff member at Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity in eastern India were arrested Thursday for allegedly selling babies born to unwed mothers, police said.

The pair were arrested from the grounds of one of the offices of the charity in Jharkhand on charges of child trafficking, police in the state capital Ranchi said.

The women could face up to five years in prison for selling a baby boy from the institution founded by the Nobel laureate, which cares for unwed pregnant women and mothers in distress.

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Police said the infant was sold to a family in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh state for $1,700 by the two suspects.

They could face more charges as investigations widen into the illegal adoption scam, said Ranchi senior superintendent Aneesh Gupta.

“The women have admitted to four more such cases which we are in the process of verifying. The families which bought the babies are also under our radar and will face action,” he told AFP.

Authorities grew suspicious after the state’s Child Welfare Committee discovered a newborn boy was missing from the centre last week.

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Nuns at the charity told police that the boy’s mother had taken the child away, said Ranchi inspector general Ashish Batra.

“However, on being contacted, the mother said that she did not have the baby with her,” Batra said.

The hospitals where the children were delivered will also be investigated, police said.

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Mother Teresa was a missionary nun who became a global symbol of compassion but she was also a controversial and divisive figure.

She remained fervently opposed to birth control and abortion, describing the latter as “direct murder by the mother herself” in her Nobel acceptance speech.

Mother Teresa, who was 87 when she died in 1997, was buried in Kolkata in eastern India, where Missionaries of Charity is headquartered.

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Trump melts down in cabinet meeting when questioned about ISIS: ‘It was me who captured them’

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President Donald Trump reportedly excoriated members of the media on Monday after he was questioned about his decision to pull troops out of Kurdish areas of Syria.

"Plenty of Turks have been killed because of conflicts on their borders," Trump said, according to a pool report. "ISIS was all over the place... it was me who captured them."

After criticizing President Barack Obama, the president continued.

"I'm the one who did the capturing," Trump insisted. "I'm the one who knows more about it than you people or fake pundits."

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The View’s Joy Behar nails ‘sad truth’ about spiteful Trump voters: ‘They don’t want health care if you get it also’

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Joy Behar nailed the "sad truth" about spiteful supporters of President Donald Trump.

"The View" co-host pointed to a New York Times column written by University of Florida professor Darlena Cunha, who spoke with some of her neighbors about their support for the scandal-plagued Republican president.

One man who struck up a conversation with the writer apologized right away for his poor dental health, which he couldn't afford to improve, but said he'd rather do without health care than pay for someone he didn't think deserved it.

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Bill Barr’s DOJ distances itself from Rudy Giuliani in unusual statement

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In an usual statement, the Justice Department on Sunday sought to distance itself from Rudy Giuliani, the personal lawyer of President Donald Trump.

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The law enforcement agency claimed that Brian Benczkowski, the head of the Justice Department's Criminal Division, and other officials would not have taken a meeting with Giuliani, the former New York City mayor, several weeks ago had it known federal prosecutors in New York were investigating two of his business associates.

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