A Christian schoolteacher from England who police believe sexually abused as many as 200 children from poor communities in Malaysia and bragged about his exploits online, was given 22 life sentences after admitting to 71 charges of sex abuse against children aged 6 months to 12 years.
Richard Huckle, 30, the schoolteacher from Ashford, Kent, fancied himself such an expert in abusing minors, he wrote a 60-page how-to manual for other pedophiles to follow that Judge Peter Rook QC, called a "truly evil document" according to the BBC.
"Impoverished kids are definitely much easier to seduce than middle-class Western kids," Huckle reportedly wrote online, according to the BBC. "I still plan on publishing a guide on this subject sometime." more >>
After a dramatic season of "Bloodline," viewers were introduced to Danny's son, Nolan. The character was played by Owen Teague, who also had the chance to play a younger version of Danny earlier in the season.
The show presented several flashbacks, telling the story of the Rayburn's conflict. With that, younger versions of the characters were presented to illustrate what happened to their youngest sibling. Because of Teague and Ben Mendelsohn's similar looks, Teague was able to snag another role later in "Bloodline" Season 1. more >>
Archaeologists in Athens, Greece, have discovered a 1,800-year-old well used as an oracle to communicate with the mythical god Apollo.
The well was discovered in the Athens neighborhood of Kerameikos, which is also being excavated for a bathhouse dating back 2,500 years.
As Haaretz reports, members of the the German Archaeological Institute at Athens first discovered the excavation site in 2012, and have since made progress on determining the purpose of the well, buried deep beneath a marble opening in the ground. more >>
A businessman in Turkey is running a store that employs children as young as 9 to make uniforms for Islamic State terrorists.
The U.K.-based publication The Daily Mail reported Monday that 35-year-old Abu Zakour runs the business on the Turkish border and staffs it with Syrian refugee children.
"The Syrian boys — and a couple of girls hidden upstairs — are paid a minimum of 40 Turkish lira (£10) a day to stitch, cut and measure out the camouflage material and help their older colleagues piece together the uniforms that get smuggled across the border to rebel groups," reported the Daily Mail. more >>
Dieting is not simply about cutting down calorie intake. A new study by Spain-based researchers, published in the journal Lancet, revealed consuming more "good" fats can be helpful in losing a little weight and lowering cholesterol.
The participants of the study were composed mostly of people who were overweight and had either type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure or were smokers. They were grouped into three groups. The first and second groups were asked to follow an unrestricted Mediterranean diet, which did not include foods and beverages that have been highly associated with long-term weight gain such as fast foods, sweets, butter, red meat/processed meat and sugar-sweetened beverages. The said, however, include vegetables, fruits, nuts, fish and whole grains. Also, the first group had to cook all the foods using olive oil while the second group had extra nuts on their diet. Meanwhile, the third group were told to avoid all dietary fat.
In a span of three to five years, the first two groups revealed better results in reducing a little weight and keeping the weight off than the third group, who had seen little difference. Also, the second group who consumed more nuts saw the least increase in waist size. more >>
A number of recent refugees who converted to Christianity in the United Kingdom are protesting their denial for asylum, after authorities said they could not prove the authenticity of their Christian faith by answering basic Bible questions, such as reciting the 10 Commandments.
BBC News reported on Sunday that an all-party parliamentary group on international religious freedom is standing up for these converts, arguing that asking Bible trivia to prove one's faith is unfair and does not really determine what a person believes.
One man identified as Mohammed, an Iranian convert to Christianity, said that he applied for asylum in the U.K. after he fled persecution back home, but his application was denied after a failed interview. more >>