PODCAST: Body of Kamille McKinney Found (UCNN 10.23.19)

According to Christian Post, Hundreds more have been freed after authorities began cracking down on illegally operated Islamic reform schools in northern Nigeria, where mostly male students have been chained, beaten, enslaved, starved and, in many cases, raped. The government of President Muhammadu Buhari announced on Oct. 15 that it would no longer tolerate abuse and inhumane conditions at institutions known as Almajiris — schools where many parents throughout the region send their children for Islamic education, rehabilitation or discipline. The announcement followed a September raid in Kaduna state where over 300 men and boys were rescued, many of whom showed signs of abuse. Authorities discovered children as young as 5 were being chained to metal railings with their feet shackled together. Authorities announced on Oct. 19 that they raided a second Islamic reform center in Kaduna, freeing 147 people. The raid marked the fourth operation in a month against Islamic reform centers in northern Nigeria. According to Reuters, over 1,000 people have been released from the schools. Unlike other raids, the most recent raid on the school in the Rigasa area of Kaduna yielded the release of 22 female captives, a Kaunda government official told Reuters.

According to Daily Mail, The secrets of the Knights Templar have been unearthed by archaeologists in Israel. A set of ‘lost’ tunnels leading to a treasure tower were discovered, which the legendary warrior monks would have used to transport their gold around 800 years ago. Remnants of the soldiers’ extravagant headquarters was also uncovered in the ancient city of Acre, on the coast of Israel. Dr Albert Lin, an American archaeologist, led the search during a National Geographic Documentary. The Knights Templar was a chivalrous religious order, a group of warrior monks, formed to protect Christian pilgrims in the Holy Land from marauding Saracens. They became established in England in the 12th century, to raise money for the Crusades, and officially disbanded a couple of hundred years later. Using LiDAR technology Dr Lin and the National Geographic team scanned an area in the port of Acre, where they found a fortress of The Knights Templar used in the Third Crusade – where a car park now stands.

According to The Associated Press, Investigators searching through garbage found the body of a 3-year-old girl who was missing more than a week, and authorities are charging two people with murder, police said Tuesday. Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith told a news conference that the remains of Kamille McKinney were located in a trash bin that had been taken to a landfill. Police had been watching garbage deposits from a certain part of the city, he said. Smith said police were obtaining murder warrants against two people previously identified as persons of interest in the case, 39-year-old Patrick Devone Stallworth and his 29-year-old girlfriend, Derick Irisha Brown. Gov. Kay Ivey, in a statement Tuesday night, offered her condolences to Kamille’s family. “The heart of our state is broken…,” Ivey said. “Our prayers remain with Kamille’s family and all who have been touched by this nightmare.”

According to Christian Post, Just two weeks after a fall at his home in Plains, Georgia, left him with a black eye and 14 stitches, America’s oldest living former President, Jimmy Carter, was hospitalized Monday after another fall that left him with a “minor pelvic fracture.” It’s his third fall in recent months. “Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter had a fall yesterday evening at his home in Plains, Ga. He has been admitted to Phoebe Sumter Medical Center for observation and treatment of a minor pelvic fracture. He is in good spirits and is looking forward to recovering at home,” The Carter Center announced in a tweet Tuesday morning. As news of his fall spread Tuesday, many inspired by his life of service sent him warm thoughts and prayers.

According to Associated Press, “Full House” actress Lori Loughlin, her fashion designer husband and nine other parents faced new federal charges Tuesday in a scandal involving dozens of wealthy parents accused of bribing their children’s way into elite universities or cheating on college entrance exams. A grand jury in Boston indicted the parents on charges of trying to bribe officials at an organization that receives at least $10,000 in federal funding. In this case, they’re accused of paying to get their children admitted to the University of Southern California. The charge of conspiracy to commit federal program bribery carries a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Prosecutors are pressuring those who have pleaded not guilty in the college admissions scandal to acknowledge their guilt. A total of 35 wealthy and celebrity parents have been charged in the scheme that showed how far some will go to get their children into top universities like Stanford and Yale.

According to Associated Press, President Donald Trump’s plan to reverse America’s involvement in “endless wars” has run up against a difficult truth: When it comes to national security, rarely can a simple solution solve a complex problem. After abruptly announcing last week that he would “bring our soldiers home” from Syria, Trump recalibrated, and his administration said it would instead redeploy more than 700 to western Iraq to help counter the Islamic State group. And now his latest plan faces another wrinkle: The Iraqi military said Tuesday those U.S. troops don’t have permission to stay in Iraq. Meanwhile, Turkey and Russia announced Tuesday that they would jointly patrol most of the northeastern Syrian border with Turkey, underscoring the effects of the U.S. creating a power vacuum the Russians have been quick to fill. It’s the latest example of Trump’s from-the-gut approach to national security policy encountering roadblocks.

According to The Guardian, USA international Alex Morgan announced she was pregnant with her first child on Tuesday and is due in April, three months before the 2020 Olympics. The 30-year-old striker, who married LA Galaxy midfielder Servando Carrasco in 2014, did not specify whether she plans on trying to play for the US team in Tokyo. The USA co-captain would not be the first mother to play for the national team at the Olympics. Both Joy Fawcett (in 1996 and 2000) and Christie Rampone (2008 and 2012) played in the Summer Games after giving birth. The opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics takes place on 24 July, though the women’s soccer competition begins two days earlier.

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In closing, remember, God loves you. He always has and He always will. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” If you don’t know Jesus as your Saviour, today is a good day to get to know Him. Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose from the dead for you. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

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