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The Inquisitr offers a constantly updated mix of the latest stories to hit the web, covering news, entertainment, technology, news, sport, health and everything else.

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    Orangutan resting on a tree branch

    The gruesome story of an orangutan used in the Indonesian sex trade has recently been retold by conservationists who rescued her.

    According to the rescuers, they saved Pony — an endangered Bornean orangutan — in February of 2003 from a brothel village in Kareng Pangi, Central Kalimantan. Per a report by the Daily Mail, when the animal was discovered, it was chained to a wall and was found lying on a mattress.

    In retelling the rescue story, conservationists revealed some horrible details about how the animal was exploited in the brothel, where perverted oil farmers would visit and pay $3 to have sex with her.

    Pony was snatched from her mother when she was a baby, and her captors treated her in an abhorrently harsh manner by making her wear jewelry, perfume and makeup, and shaving her every two days. The poor animal was also trained to perform sex acts based on customers’ demand, the report said.

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    Image of Queen Elizabeth II as she records her Christmas Broadcast

    For those of you who rue having to write Christmas cards every year, spare a thought for the Queen of England, for her list is long indeed. But, who does receive a Christmas card from Queen Elizabeth?

    Queen Elizabeth and her husband, Prince Philip, jointly send out approximately 750 Christmas cards — all of which are personally signed. Also included in the card will be a royal photo and it is a tradition that she has held since coming into power in 1952.

    According to the official royal family website, the following people will be recipients of royal Christmas cards.

    “Family, friends, and Members of The Royal Household will likely be the recipients of The Royal Christmas Card, but British and Commonwealth Prime Ministers, Governor-General and High Commissions may also be sent one.”

    In addition to the joint Christmas cards, Prince Philip will add another 200 cards to the list for those “different regiments and organizations close to him.”

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    Members of the migrant caravan run from tear gas fired by Mexican riot police

    Mexico’s foreign ministry has asked the US government to launch a “full investigation” into the use of non-lethal weapon directed toward Mexican territory along the two countries’ shared border on Sunday, a statement said.

    Per Reuters, the US Border Patrol fired tear gas canisters toward migrants in Mexico on Sunday near the border crossing that separates the Mexican city of Tijuana from San Diego, California, after some of them tried to cross into the United States.

    A spokesperson for the US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) confirmed that its agents used “crowd dispersing devices” — including pepper ball launching systems and CS canisters, commonly known as tear gas — to “stop the migrants from illegally entering the United States.” As the Inquisitr earlier reported, both CBP and Mexico’s interior ministry issued statements saying that there were no reports of injuries when tear gas was fired.

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    Robert Mueller Set A Trap For Trump In Russia Collusion Case And He Tricked Manafort Into Helping, Experts Say

    Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign chair, lied to federal investigators in the Donald Trump Russia collusion investigation, even after Manafort struck a plea deal with prosecutors agreeing to fully cooperate with them in the case in exchange for a lighter sentence, according to a new court filing that the Inquisitr reported earlier today. But according to some experts on the case, Russia investigation Special Counsel Robert Mueller set an elaborate trap with the plea deal, a trap that has now ensnared Trump himself — and Manafort walked right into it.

    Because he expects a pardon from Trump, Manafort felt free to lie to investigators while also acting as a “mole” for Trump, feeding him information about what he falsely told Mueller, according to national security journalist Marcy Wheeler, writing on her Empty Wheel site.

    As a result, Trump’s written answers to Mueller’s questions, which Trump submitted last week as CNN reported, are likely to be “full of lies,” Wheeler wrote.

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    Kim Jong-Un 'Played' Donald Trump, 'Ego-Stroking' Him To 'Keep Bromance Alive,' Former CIA Station Chief Says

    Since their summit meeting in Singapore on June 12, North Korea has taken no significant steps toward eliminating its nuclear arsenal. The day after the meeting Trump declared the country “no longer a nuclear threat,” as Inquisitr reported. Trump has continued to praise the repressive North Korean regime’s autocratic ruler Kim Jong-Un in part because Kim has masterfully “played” Trump, according to a former CIA official who served as the agency’s station chief in Asia.

    “Since their first meeting in Singapore in June, Kim has consistently outmaneuvered his counterpart,” wrote former CIA official Kent Harrington, in an article published last week by Project Syndicate and co-written by national security reporter John Walcott. “Trump may still fancy himself a world-class dealmaker, but the truth is that Kim – like Russian President Vladimir Putin – has got Trump’s number.”

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    Donald Trump gives a speech in Illinois.

    President Donald Trump has defended the use of tear gas on a crowd of migrants at the United States-Mexican border, claiming it was “very safe.” The government has been strongly criticized after border agents used tear gas to repel a crowd of migrants at the border, as pictures showed parents fleeing with their barefoot, crying children. However, the president defended the decision during a press conference, as reported by the New York Times.

    “They [border agents] were being rushed by some very tough people and they used tear gas,” Trump said, referring to the angry rock-throwers who were among the crowd.

    “Here’s the bottom line — nobody is coming into our country unless they come in legally.”

    When asked about his opinion regarding the pictures showing women and children fleeing in panic, the U.S. president claimed the tear gas was “a very minor form of the tear gas itself” that he considered “very safe.”

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    A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent

    Thirty-three-year-old Roxsana Hernandez Rodriguez, a transgender woman from Honduras, traveled over 2,000 miles along with 1,300 others to seek asylum in the United States after suffering extreme violence in her home country because of her sexuality. But less than three months after arriving in the country that is famous for offering the “American Dream,” she was dead.

    As reported by the Daily Beast, Hernandez Rodriguez died on May 25, just nine days after being transferred to a dedicated unit for transgender women at the Cibola County Correctional Center in New Mexico, which is under the operation of CoreCivic.

    Now her autopsy has revealed that aside from suffering from illness, she likely also suffered violence in the days before her death. A day after being hospitalized at the local hospital, she was transferred to Lovelace Medical Center in Albuquerque, where she died in the intensive care unit.

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    U.S. Border Patrol agents stand watch on the U.S. side of the U.S.-Mexico border fence.

    “It wasn’t right, they know we are human beings, the same as them,” Maria Meza, migrant mother photographed running with her children from tear gas at the Mexico-U.S. border recounts for Reuters. “I was scared, and I thought I was going to die with them because of the gas.” Maria, she adds, never expected the United States Border Patrol to fire gas canisters at children, but they have.

    A photo showing Maria running from the gas with her three daughters — 13-year-old Jamie and 5-year-old twins Saira and Cheili — has since gone viral, sparking widespread outrage, but not a lot has changed for Maria and her family.

    “I came here for one reason, and that’s because there is a lot of violence in Honduras,” she explains.

    But President Donald Trump, adamant to maintain his hardline immigration policy has vowed to close the border down. For Maria and her family, she says, that would almost mean a death sentence.

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    Caravan tear gas

    Some thought it would be easy. Others knew it would be difficult, but were convinced they were up to the challenge. They couldn’t have been more wrong. WAFB9 explains that “Caravan migrants explore options after Tijuana border clash.”

    “Many among the more than 5,000 Central American migrants in Tijuana were urgently exploring their options amid a growing feeling that they had little hope of making successful asylum bids in the United States or of crossing the border illegally.”

    While it is true that some came planning to cross over illegally, they underestimated the difficulty of sneaking across the border in a caravan of 5,000 people. They also underestimated the resolve of the U.S. government to protect its borders from breach at any cost.

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    Paul Manafort

    President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort reportedly held secret talks with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, according to the Guardian.

    Sources told the British newspaper that Manafort visited Assange at the UK’s Ecuadorian embassy, where the WikiLeaks mastermind has been claiming diplomatic asylum for six years, at least three times — in 2013, 2015, and in the spring of 2016. And although it is still unclear what exactly the two discussed, the last meeting was around the same time he became a prominent figure in Trump’s push for the presidency, making it an event of interest for special prosecutor Robert Mueller, who’s investigating the alleged collusion between the president’s campaign and the Russians.

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    Facebook co-founder, Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before a combined Senate Judiciary and Commerce committee hearing.

    Secret documents seized by British Parliament show that Facebook was warned about possible Russian data collection in 2014, Business Insider reports. The company was warned by one of its own engineers that “entities with Russian IP addresses had been using a Pinterest API key to pull over three billion data points a day through the Ordered Friends API,” according to U.K. lawmaker Damian Collins.

    The documents reviewed by Collins pertain to a legal battle between Facebook and and an app developer called Six4Three. The potential breach was brought up by Collins at an International Grand Committee hearing on Tuesday, during which Facebook representatives were questioned about the series of scandals involving Russian disinformation campaigns. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was not present at the hearing, but Policy Chief Richard Allan was.

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    The Boston skyline, waves and skyscrapers.

    The Dorchester Historical Society, an organization that celebrates the history of that section of Boston, has pulled an advertisement for an upcoming holiday party that used the phrase “We’re dreaming of a white Dorchester.” The ad, evoking Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas,” was one of several that substituted the word “Dorchester” into Christmas carol lyrics and popular holiday-related phrases, but contained a probably unintended — but still very unfortunate — racial connotation.

    According to Boston TV station WCVB, the historical society apologized Monday, November 26.

    “We are very truly sorry about our graphic used for this event,” the organization’s official Twitter account wrote. “This was an unfortunate oversight on our part and the event photograph has been removed from our social media. We were simply changing the words to the classic Christmas carol and did not think it through properly.”

    Other cards included such lyrics as “may your Dorchesters be merry and bright.”

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    A mother sits in a rocking chair nursing her young baby.

    Kentucky mother of two Sadie Durbin is suing the popular steakhouse restaurant Texas Roadhouse after the manager at a Louisville location of the chain allegedly tried to cover her with a napkin while she breastfed her newborn baby, People reported.

    Durbin said her 7-week-old daughter started getting fussy while her and her family were dining at the restaurant earlier this month on November 15.

    “She got hungry, so she needed to nurse,” the mother said. “I latched her on like I always do, and she was nursing for maybe five minutes when I saw the manager coming around the corner, walking fast and shaking his head at me with a napkin in his hands.”

    When the manager made it to the table, he explained to Sadie that they were getting a number of complaints and that she needed to cover up. It was then that he tried to take matters into his own hands and cover up the baby with a napkin.

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    Paul Manafort Meetings With Wikileaks Founder Assange Offer Missing Piece Of Collusion Puzzle, Expert Says

    A meeting in March of 2016 between Paul Manafort — who was hired that same month by Donald Trump to work on his presidential campaign — and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in the London Ecuadorian embassy, reported Monday morning by Britain’s Guardian newspaper, could provide the crucial piece of evidence for Special Counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, according to a former federal prosecutor who is an expert on the case.

    With Mueller zeroing in on Trump associate Roger Stone, a longtime Trump consultant and friend, for what appears to be Stone’s advance knowledge that Wikileaks would release thousands of hacked Democratic emails during the 2016 campaign, former federal prosecutor Renato Marioti said via his Twitter feed that the Manafort-Assange meeting, if confirmed, would “be a big step” toward charging Stone with a crime, though there may still be more facts to uncover before nailing down a criminal collusion case.

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    military standing at attention

    Three members of the United States military were killed as a result of a roadside bomb in Afghanistan on Tuesday, the U.S. military said in a statement, as reported by the New York Times. It is the deadliest incident for U.S. forces in Afghanistan this year. The Taliban has claimed responsibility.

    The attack occurred near Ghazni City due to the detonation of a bomb. Three other soldiers and an American contractor were injured in the explosion and were evacuated for medical treatment. Identities can not be released at this time since the next of kin have not been notified yet.

    “In accordance with U.S. Department of Defense policy, the names of the service members killed in action are being withheld until 24 hours after notification of next of kin is complete,” the U.S. military said in a statement. It is believed, however, that the soldiers were part of Special Forces.

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    Wildfire spreads about the forest.

    More than a year and a half after a massive wildfire swept across the Santa Rita Mountain foothills – causing destruction in the millions of dollars – a video has surfaced showing how one U.S. Border Patrol agent’s bright idea for a gender reveal turned out to be the cause of the costly disaster.

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    Queen Elizabeth II arrives at Lower Castle Hayes farm, one of the Duchy of Lancaster Farms on May 25, 2017 in Staffordshire, United Kingdom

    Most people know the Queen as Queen Elizabeth or Her Majesty. For those related to her, there is a swath of other names she also goes by. But did you know she is also known as the Duke of Lancaster?

    According to the Crown Chronicles, which details news pertaining to the royal family, today is Lancaster Day and it is celebrated by changing the normal chant of “God save the Queen” to “Long live our noble Duke” on the day.

    “Today is Lancashire Day, marking the area first sending representatives to Parliament in 1295,” the tweet reads.

    “During the day, you may hear a chorus of “Long live our noble Duke” instead of “God Save The Queen”, as the reigning Monarch’s title in that county is ‘Duke of Lancaster'”

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    The Portland Tiara

    We’ve all seen heists in popular films, but no one expects them to be actually taking place in real life in 2018. But lo and behold, on November 20 the Royal Portland Tiara, belonging to the British royal family, was stolen from its display case in Nottinghamshire, England.

    As reported by Bustle, the massive tiara was being kept at the Portland Collection Gallery at the Welbeck Estate in Worksop, Nottinghamshire. On Tuesday night that week, shortly before 10 pm, a group of thieves armed with power tools was able to break through the glass case that the tiara was displayed in.

    While they proceeded to steal the tiara and a diamond brooch made from the same jewels as the tiara, alarms blared in the background, and police were quickly dispatched to the location. Unfortunately, security guards at the Welbeck Estate were unable to enter the gallery room before the thieves made their escape.

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    Christopher Watts is in court for his arraignment hearing at the Weld County Courthouse on August 21, 2018 in Greeley, Colorado. Watts faces nine charges, including several counts of first-degree murder of his wife and his two young daughters.

    Frank and Sandra Rzucek, the parents of Shannan Watts, filed a civil lawsuit against their deceased daughter’s husband Chris Watts on November 17, the same day he was sentenced to three lifetimes in prison with no chance of parole. In the $100,000 suit, the couple charges Watts with the unlawful death of their daughter and the unlawful termination of 34-year-old Shannan’s pregnancy. People reports that Chris and Shannan Watts had already chosen the name Nico for their third child prior to Chris’s murder of Shannan and their two daughters. Frank Rzucek was able to file the lawsuit despite a Colorado law restricting the filing of such suits to the spouse of the deceased only because he is the designated representative of his daughter’s estate.

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    Gregg Donovan holds a Trump 2020 sign

    On Sunday morning, a Burlington, Vermont, resident woke up to an unexpected surprise on his front porch. His “Trump 2020 Keep America Great” flag had been set alight, AOL reported.

    Fifty-seven-year-old Gus Klein, a veteran from Afghanistan, and his wife, Annmarie, woke up to find the flag, which was usually flying on a flagpole outside their house, lying charred on their porch, with holes burnt in the fabric. The crime has scared the couple, who were sleeping in their beds at the time the flag would have been set alight.

    “I don’t know if this flag was on fire when they threw it on my front porch. I can only assume that it wasn’t, but if it was, that’s not right at all.”

    An initial investigation has concluded that there is no evidence of scorch marks on the porch itself. But this has not eased the couple’s concern over the sudden act of hatred towards them over their political views.

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