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Cancer-stricken teen faces treatment in the US alone after border agents deny her mother entry

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Fourteen-year-old Ixcell Sandoval Perez is battling leukemia in North Carolina, but her mother can’t be by her side because she’s trapped in Mexico, ABC 30 Action News reports.

Ixcell was diagnosed while living in Mexico and her mother planned to take her to Raleigh, where she was born, to receive treatment, but the two were denied entry to the U.S. at the border in Tijuana, Mexico.

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“They took everything away from us,” Ixcell’s mother, Dalia, said in a video produced by Solidarity Now. “They took us into a room. In the afternoon, they left us in a cold room but it was so cold and my daughter was feeling so sick. I pounded on the door and shouted for them to open it, but no. My child was so thirsty but no one would listen to me.”

Ixcell was eventually brought to the hospital in Raleigh by relatives already living in the U.S., but her mother was forced to stay behind in Mexico and has not been allowed to see her daughter since.

“I just keep thinking that it’s unbelievable,” Shepherd United Church of Christ pastor Carla Gregg-Kearns said. “I can’t believe or imagine what sort of reason there could be for her not being granted permission to come into the country to be with her daughter. Our faith makes it a no-brainer: of course you’re going to want to intervene and advocate on behalf of a child like this. We believe that our God is a god of life and desires that life is flourishing for all people.”

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), “applicants for admission into the United States could qualify for various types of benefits offered by the U.S. government.”

“U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is not the only agency that issues paroles and in this case, it could be appropriate for individual to reach out to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and or U.S. State Department,” the agency added.

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In a video put together by the hospital where she’s being treated, Ixcell said that being without her mother “is not easy.”

“It’s not easy to have her so far away.”

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John Oliver unleashes on news sites that sent out stupid push notifications

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"Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver doesn't come back until Feb. 16, but he dropped a new web-exclusive video Sunday complaining to news agencies that they should stop sending out stupid push notifications on their apps.

Oliver told his audience that there are two major criteria when considering a push notification: 1. Is there something I should be doing differently?; and 2. Is this something I need to know now?

Things like declarations of war, earthquakes or acts of terrorism are all perfect examples of things news agencies should inform readers about quickly. But when CNN sent out a push notification about a 115,000 Neanderthal child that was only found "half-eaten" by a bird, Oliver was understandably frustrated.

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Billionaires are now richer than 60 percent of the world’s population: report

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The world's billionaires have doubled in the past decade and are richer than 60 percent of the global population, the charity Oxfam said Monday.

It said poor women and girls were at the bottom of the scale, putting in "12.5 billion hours of unpaid care work each and every day," estimated to be worth at least $10.8 trillion a year.

"Our broken economies are lining the pockets of billionaires and big business at the expense of ordinary men and women. No wonder people are starting to question whether billionaires should even exist," Oxfam's India head Amitabh Behar said.

"The gap between rich and poor can't be resolved without deliberate inequality-busting policies," Behar said ahead of the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, where he will represent Oxfam.

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Alcohol-infused gummy bears infuriating candy giant Haribo

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Ander Mendez and his friends were hoping they'd struck it rich when they came up with the idea of selling alcohol-infused gummy bears -- until they found themselves in the sights of sweet giant Haribo.

Now, these three Spaniards say they're afraid of being shut down by the German confectionery king, which is famed for its vast array of jelly sweets and was founded 100 years ago in the western city of Bonn.

In a not-so-sweetly worded legal letter, Haribo has accused their startup of infringing its trademarked little bear.

But these graduates from the northern Spanish port city of Bilbao insist they will carry on producing their "drunken gummy bears" -- "because people like them."

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