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Preacher says Taliban a ‘sign of apocalypse’

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The reemergence of the Taliban is the “red horseman of the apocalypse” that will end the world, according to a US preacher. Speaking of dictators of the past, from Adolf Hitler to Pol Pot, Paul Begley claimed that “never before” had any of them taken control of a country. Quoting biblical texts, he said that the triumph of the Taliban was the sign the world would soon end. However, Begley previously claimed that the world would end on 21 December 2020.

Jail visitor ends up behind bars after touching herself

A Florida woman who exposed her breasts and appeared to pleasure herself during a visit with a prison inmate has ended up behind bars herself. Danielle Ferrero and the inmate “engaged in lewd sexual conversation” for about an hour before she began touching herself, say the authorities. Ferrero was and charged with exposure of sexual organs within a public place and violation of probation or community control.

Meat made monks ‘slave to their bowels’

The meat-heavy diet of 14th-century monks caused them digestive issues, a study has found. A change in papal law in 1336 to allow twice-weekly consumption of meat caused problems at Muchelney Abbey, where monks suffered from constipation and diarrhoea, said the English Heritage historian Michael Carter. “Basically monks were slaves to their bowels,” he added.

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