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A high-ranking member of Austria’s far-right Freedom Party has resigned after publication of a poem comparing migrants to rats in a newsletter distributed to every household in the town where Adolf Hitler was born.

Christian Schilcher’s resignation Tuesday came after widespread criticism of the poem and the country’s Chancellor Sebastian Kurz condemned it as “disgusting, inhuman and deeply racist.”

The Freedom Party newsletter containing the poem was delivered to all of the households of Hitler’s birthplace, Braunau am Inn, where Schilcher serves as deputy mayor, the Telegraph reported.

Photo taken in 2017 in Braunau am Inn, Austria, shows deputy mayor of the town and member of the local branch of the far-right Freedom Party (FPOe) Christian Schilcher.(FRANZ NEUMAYR/AFP/Getty Images)

Photo taken in 2017 in Braunau am Inn, Austria, shows deputy mayor of the town and member of the local branch of the far-right Freedom Party (FPOe) Christian Schilcher.(FRANZ NEUMAYR/AFP/Getty Images)

The paper called Schilcher’s choice of metaphor powerfully reminiscent of Nazi propaganda in which Jews were frequently compared to rats. The fact it was distributed to Braunau residents only deepened the outrage.

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Austrian media reported that Schilcher was also resigning his deputy mayor post.

“Just as we live down here, so must other rats,” Schilcher wrote, according to the BBC, telling them to “share with us the way of life, or quickly hurry away” and saying that if you mix different cultures, “it’s as if you destroy them.”

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Schilcher said he did not mean to “insult or hurt anyone” with his poem, according to the BBC, which quoted him as apologizing for ignoring the “historically burdened” comparison between rats and humans.

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Kurz’s party and the Freedom Party have run on anti-immigration platforms but with European partliamentary elections next month, Kurz has come under pressure to condemn the controversial outbursts of Freedom Party members, Agence France-Presse reported.

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Confidential files on suspected pedophiles maintained by the Boy Scouts of America contain the names of 7,800 individuals, an attorney for child sex abuse victims said Tuesday.

The organization’s so-called “perversion files” have been previously disclosed through litigation but the number of alleged abusers had not been known, attorney Jeff Anderson, who represents former scouts who say they were sexually abused, said Tuesday.

Anderson said a child abuse expert hired by the Scouts revealed the staggering number during testimony in a lawsuit in January.

“The alarming thing about this is not just the number but the fact is that the Boy Scouts of America has never actually released these names in any form that can be known to the public,” he said at a Manhattan news conference.

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Anderson said the files also contain the names of more than 12,000 suspected victims, according to the Scouts’ expert.

Attorney Jeff Anderson said Tuesday that the Boy Scouts of America in "perversion files" contain the names of 7,800 suspected pedophiles. 

Attorney Jeff Anderson said Tuesday that the Boy Scouts of America in “perversion files” contain the names of 7,800 suspected pedophiles.  (Jeff Anderson and Associates)

The files date from 1959 to 1985, according to reports from several years ago.

Anderson said those on the list may have been removed from scouting, but would not have faced consequences or prohibitions outside the scouts precluding them from holding jobs or volunteer roles around young people.

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Anderson announced Tuesday he was releasing the names of 130 men from New York and 50 from New Jersey who were identified in the files.

In a statement to Fox News on Tuesday, the Boy Scouts of America said: “We care deeply about all victims of child abuse and sincerely apologize to anyone who was harmed during their time in Scouting.”

“Throughout our history, we have enacted strong youth protection policies to prevent future abuse, including mandatory youth protection trainings and a formal leader-selection process that includes criminal background checks,” the statement said. “Since the 1920s, we have maintained a Volunteer Screening Database to prevent individuals accused of abuse or inappropriate conduct from joining or re-entering our programs, a practice recommended in 2007 by the Centers for Disease Control for all youth-serving organizations.”

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The statement concluded by saying “at no time have we ever knowingly allowed a perpetrator to work with youth, and we mandate that all leaders, volunteers and staff members nationwide immediately report any abuse allegation to law enforcement.”

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Rising rivers from the spring thaw and heavy rain has flooded about 2,500 homes in Quebec, officials are reporting.

Urgence Quebec announced the damage assessment Monday while reporting that another 1,565 homes had been cut off by floodwaters. The announcement came with more rain in the forecast this week that had officials bracing for higher water levels, affecting more homes.

People are evacuated by firefighters in a boat in Sainte-Marie, Quebec, Saturday, April 20, 2019. The Chaudiere River burst its banks after heavy rain.

People are evacuated by firefighters in a boat in Sainte-Marie, Quebec, Saturday, April 20, 2019. The Chaudiere River burst its banks after heavy rain. (Jacques Boissinot/The Canadian Press via AP)

The Chaudière River was receding after rising — but slowly, Sainte-Marie Mayor Gaetan Vachon said, according to the CBC.

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“It went down a foot or two, but it does not go down quickly,” he said. “In the space of six hours, it may have dropped by an inch.”

The flooding is being blamed for one death, a woman in her 70s in Pontiac, near Ottawa, Canada’s capital.

People paddle a canoe on the flooded streets in Sainte-Marie, Quebec, Saturday, April 20, 2019. The Chaudiere River burst its banks after heavy rain.

People paddle a canoe on the flooded streets in Sainte-Marie, Quebec, Saturday, April 20, 2019. The Chaudiere River burst its banks after heavy rain. (Jacques Boissinot/The Canadian Press via AP)

She was killed when she drove into a massive hole created after floodwaters washed out the road, CBC reported.

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Residents and soldiers filled sandbags in preparation for more flooding this week, CTV Montreal reported.

With rain forecast for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, water levels are expected to rise and affect more homes, especially along the St. Lawrence River near Trois Riveires, the station reported.

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More than 600 soldiers were on deployment in the province to assist with rescues.

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Florida man’s alleged explosive experimentation went up in smoke this weekend after a Facebook video in which he reportedly ignited a homemade pipe bomb was viewed by deputies who promptly arrested him.

Christopher Green, 25, of Orange City, was charged with making a destructive device using stump remover, sugar and a small metal pipe in connection with Saturday’s incident, which spurred a minor evacuation after a projectile landed in a neighbor’s yard. No one was injured.

Deputies arrested Green after questioning him and viewing the video on his Facebook page, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

“The video showed Green concocting a pasty substance in a pot on his kitchen stove, then going outside and lighting the pipe with the substance in it,” the news release said. “After a few seconds, the pipe took off and flew away.”

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Green is heard saying in the video: “Let’s see what happens when I ignite it inside of our rocket engine.”

“Wow,” he says after the pipe is lit.

As the device disappears from view, Green continues to narrate the flight: “And it has left the yard.”

Green told the deputies he was making smoke bombs.

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His next-door neighbor Vikki Johnson reported hearing a loud hissing noise and seeing white smoke when the device landed in her yard, WESH-TV reported.

“He kind of explained what it was and explained how it wasn’t supposed to go wrong like that,” Johnson said of Green. “He apologized sincerely to me. He didn’t mean any harm.”

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After being freed on $10,000 bail, Green posted on his Facebook page: “I went to jail for this. Could be facing up to 10 years. Hope they take it easy.”

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A former Marine has been arrested in Los Angeles in connection with an underground group’s raid last month on North Korea’s embassy in Madrid.

Christopher Ahn is a member of the mysterious anti-North Korea group that claimed credit for the Feb. 22 raid. Cheollima Civil Defense Group says it consists of North Korean defectors and seeks the overthrow of North Korean strongman Kim Jong Un.

Ahn appeared in Los Angeles Federal Court Friday, but the proceeding was not open to the public, The Washington Post reported. Ahn’s attorney requested that the courtroom be sealed over the government’s objection.

A Spanish police investigator in the case told The Associated Press in Madrid on Saturday that Ahn was identified by the Spanish police at a later stage of its investigation into the Feb. 22 raid and that an international arrest warrant was also issued against him.

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In a related development, U.S. federal agents raided the unoccupied apartment of the group’s leader, Adrian Hong, on Thursday.

Lee Wolosky, a lawyer for the group, which also calls itself Free Joseon, said in a statement that he was “dismayed that the U.S. Department of Justice has decided to execute warrants against U.S. persons that derive from criminal complaints filed by the North Korean regime.”

“The last U.S. citizen who fell into the custody of the Kim regime returned home maimed from torture and did not survive,” Wolosky said, referring to college student Otto Warmbier’s 2017 death.

“We have received no assurances from the U.S. government about the safety and security of the U.S. nationals it is now targeting,” he added.

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Spanish authorities said 10 Cheollima members entered the embassy and shackled and interrogated staffers, while urging the embassy’s commercial attaché to defect without success.

Intelligence officials in Spain alleged that two of the intruders had ties to the CIA.

Reuters reported that the participants fled the embassy with computers and hard drives that they presented to the FBI in the U.S.

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The incident came just five days before President Trump met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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One woman was killed and another injured when they were attacked with an ax early Saturday in a New York City apartment where cops found a small child who was unharmed.

Police found the dead woman partially decapitated after being called to the apartment in Brooklyn around 1:30 a..m., the New York Post reported. The victim was in her 20s.

The injured woman, 21, was bleeding heavily when she stumbled out of the apartment and flagged down an Uber driver to take her to the hospital, the paper reported. The Uber driver called 911 instead. Doctors say she was critically injured.

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Police said the child, a 4-year-old girl who was the injured woman’s daughter, was taken to the hospital for evaluation, according to the Post.

Sources with knowledge of the case told the Daily News the yellow-handled ax still had an orange price tag on it when police found it in the building’s trash compactor.

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“There was an ax? That’s crazy,” a rattled resident of the building told the paper.

The killer may be the little girl’s father and the injured woman’s ex-boyfriend, NBC 4 New York reported, citing law enforcement sources.

Investigators believe the man went after the two women with the ax after an argument escalated, according to the station.

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As of Saturday afternoon, he was still being sought.

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Yellow Vest protestors in Paris battled police during violent clashes Saturday — newly enraged at the more than billion dollars that have been pledged to rebuild fire-damaged Notre Dame Cathedral, overshadowing their anti-wealth cause.

Black-hooded demonstrators set fire to trash cans, scooters and a car and pelted police with rocks to draw attention anew to their 23rd weekend of protest.

Many protesters are frustrated that the international effort to help Notre Dame has drawn more attention than their five-month-old Yellow Vest movement against wealth inequality, The Associated Press reported.

A man runs by a burning motorbike during a demonstration in Paris, Saturday. 

A man runs by a burning motorbike during a demonstration in Paris, Saturday.  (AP)

Many protesters were deeply saddened by the fire at a national monument. But many are angry at the $1 billion in Notre Dame donations that poured in from tycoons while their own demands remain largely unmet and they struggle to make ends meet.

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Police walk among burning vehicles during a Yellow Vest demonstration in Paris, Saturday, April 20, 2019. French Yellow Vest protesters are marching anew to remind the government that rebuilding the fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral isn't the only problem the nation needs to solve.

Police walk among burning vehicles during a Yellow Vest demonstration in Paris, Saturday, April 20, 2019. French Yellow Vest protesters are marching anew to remind the government that rebuilding the fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral isn’t the only problem the nation needs to solve. (AP)

Authorities deployed 5,000 police around Paris and warned protesters to keep away from Notre Dame and the banks of the Seine.

The Paris police headquarters said authorities detained 126 people by early afternoon and carried out spot checks of more than 11,000 people trying to enter the capital for Saturday’s protests.

Police fired tear gas amid tensions at a march of several thousand people from France’s Finance Ministry toward the Place de la Republique plaza in eastern Paris. Barricades were set ablaze at one spot, and branches set on fire elsewhere. Firefighters quickly responded to extinguish the flames.

Police in other parts of France reported more Yellow Vest protests Saturday.

A demonstrator throws back a tear gas canister during a Yellow Vest demonstration in Paris, Saturday, April 20, 2019. 

A demonstrator throws back a tear gas canister during a Yellow Vest demonstration in Paris, Saturday, April 20, 2019.  (AP)

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French President Emmanuel Macron plans to announce a new policy push in response to the “Yellow Vest” protest on next week, Reuters reported.

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Macron had intended to announce the new policies Monday but canceled the announcement because of the cathedral fire.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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The FBI and local detectives are frantically searching for a suburban Chicago 5-year-old boy who was last seen Wednesday when his parents put him to bed.

The parents of A.J. Freund, a blond-haired, 70-pound boy, reported him missing the next day when they woke up and couldn’t find him, but police in Crystal Lake don’t believe he was kidnapped by an intruder or anyone else.

“In reviewing all investigative information thus far, there is no indication that would lead police to believe that an abduction had taken place,” Deputy Police Chief Tom Kotlowski said Friday.

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A search by police bloodhounds has also led detectives to believe the boy didn’t wander away from the house, he said.

After being questioned by police, A.J.’s mom Joann Cunningham clammed up on the advice of an attorney, Fox 32 Chicago reported.

“Ms. Cunningham cooperated with police extensively yesterday until at some point we got the impression that she may be considered a suspect,” lawyer George Killis said Friday outside the home, according to the station.

Killis spoke after Andrew Freund emerged from the house and made a public appeal for his son to return home, the station reported.

“A.J. please come home,” he said. “We love you very much. You’re not in any trouble. We’re just worried to death.”

Kotlowski said the search for A.J. has covered a very wide area. The massive search has included police dogs, drones and a sonar team that searched a lake.

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A.J. was last seen wearing a blue Mario sweatshirt and black sweatpants, police said.

Police were seen entering the boy’s home Friday, possibly armed with a search warrant, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Child welfare workers placed A.J. in a foster home for nearly two years after he was born in 2013 with opiates in his body, the paper reported.

The placement came after the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services substantiated an allegation of neglect against Cunningham, according to the paper.

Agency officials said Friday that the agency’s off-and-on contact with family lasted until late 2018.

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They said A.J. has a younger brother who has been placed with a foster family.

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A Texas cold case squad on Friday released an old handwritten letter that could solve a 17-year-old girl’s brutal murder 45 years ago.

The short letter refers to the Carla Walker homicide in February 1974 in Fort Worth. Police said the girl was beaten, raped, strangled and tortured after being abducted from a bowling alley parking lot. Detectives found her body three days after the abduction.

“(Blank) kild (sic) Carla Walker in Benbrook,” says the undated note to a homicide detective with the Fort Worth Police Department.

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It also says, “P.S. It is hard to say but it is true.”

Before and after the postscript, the letter says “Sign 10100,” which investigators believe is police code for dead body, the Dallas Morning News reports.

“The author of this letter is encouraged to come forward and speak with detectives about his or her knowledge of the murder,” police said in a news release announcing the disclosure of the letter. “It is the hope of the Fort Worth Police Department that this person will provide valuable information that may bring peace and closure to Carla’s family after 45 long years.”

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It’s unclear when the letter was written but the letter’s recipient retired in 1976, according to reports.

Carla’s boyfriend was knocked unconscious when she was abducted, the paper reported.

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“She was such a sweet girl,” Rodney McCoy told a local news station last year, according to the paper. “I remember we were in the front seat of the car. Her back was against the passenger door. She was falling out. I went to grab her, and he started beating me over the head with a pistol.”

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British police said Friday an elderly man fixing his home’s satellite dish in an “idyllic and remote” location in Wales was shot with a crossbow in a seemingly unprovoked attack.

North Wales police were called to the 74-year-old victim’s home in Holyhead around 12:30 a.m. He was critically injured. His assailant’s identity and motive remain a mystery.

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“This elderly member of our community has received horrendous, life-changing injuries as a result of this incident its motive for which remains completely unknown,” Detective Chief Inspector Brian Kearney said.

The man was struck when he went outside to fix the satellite dish, Kearney said.

An ambulance took him to the hospital where he was in critical condition.

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“North-west Wales and Anglesey remains one of the safest parts of the U.K.,” the BBC quoted Kearney as saying. “Incidents of this nature are extremely rare and we and determined to find out who has done this.”

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