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Liquid blood taken from 42,000-year-old frozen horse that scientists hope to clone

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Scientists were able to extract liquid blood from the heart of a 42,000-year-old foal that had been frozen and preserved in permafrost in Siberia.

The scientists are hoping to clone the prehistoric horse — which was discovered in the Siberian region of Yakutia last summer — and bring it back to life, according to The Siberian Times.

“We can now claim that this is the best-preserved Ice Age animal ever found in the world,” Semyon Grigoryev, the head of the Mammoth Museum in the regional capital of Yakutsk, told the outlet.

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The foal, which is believed to be from the extinct species Equus lenensis, or Lena horse, was discovered with its skin, hair, hooves and tail all preserved. The foal was believed to be just weeks old when it likely drowned in the mud which later froze and turned to permafrost.

Grigoryev told Russian news agency TASS that finding a preserved horse’s hair was almost unheard of.

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In this image made from video, scientists examine the foal carcass that was found last summer in the Siberian region of Yakutia. (AP Photo)

“Having preserved hair is another scientific sensation as all previous ancient horses were found without hair,” he said.

He attributed the preservation of the liquid blood to the favorable burial conditions and permafrost, adding that the internal organs were “beautifully preserved.” Even the muscle tissue maintained its natural reddish color, he said.

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Scientists with the North-Eastern Federal University in Yakutsk (NEFU) and Sooam Biotech in South Korea are collaborating to extract cells in order to clone the horse. According to The Siberian Times, they are “confident of success.”

They are even reportedly trying to find a surrogate to give birth to the horse.

According to Gizmodo, scientists began a detailed analysis of the foal last month that is predicted to last until the end of April. The scientists have reportedly tried 20 times to extract and grow cells from the animal’s tissue, but those attempts have been unsuccessful.

The foal was discovered in the Batagaika crater, a huge 328-foot deep depression in the East Siberian taiga. The giant crater is known locally as the “doorway to the underworld.”

Fox News’ James Rogers contributed to this report.

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Ned Ryun: The critical 5G war

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There’s a war going on for your next cell phone network. You might not have heard about it, but last week President Trump made a major move to protect American interests and support American technology superiority.

By announcing a broad deployment of 5G networks and financial incentives for American companies to keep pace with China and other competitors, Trump is continuing his administration’s push on the 5G front. This is just the next step in the battle over who will control the future of 5G. Congress, our executive branch, and American companies need to understand what’s at stake with the development and implementation of 5G networks, especially as it relates to China.

We’re on the cusp of the next revolution in internet connectivity. The fifth generation of cellular technology, or 5G, is upon us. 5G isn’t just an incremental advance in technology: it’s a giant leap forward. If done right, we’ll see significantly faster speeds not only on our cell phones, but also for Internet of Things devices.

WHAT IS 5G AND WHY IS IT A BIG DEAL?

The last big advance in network technology helped make technologies like Lyft, Uber, and many more possible. With speeds upwards of 100 times faster than 4G, 5G can be the same kind of engine, spurring another generation of technology growth in agriculture, transportation, medicine and manufacturing. So it’s crucial that America leads the way.

Last week, President Trump announced a $20 billion fund to help wireless companies keep pace with Chinese-government-backed ventures. But our government must do more: it must unleash free market competition and then, more importantly, get out of the way.

To avoid Chinese control of the 5G space, our government needs to avoid any heavy-handed, centralized regulatory scheme and allow the markets to thrive and drive our growth. The FCC under Ajit Pai has already begun this, by making it easier for companies to install 5G infrastructure.

New 5G cell stations are not the mega towers of the previous generation, and instead can be the size of backpacks in some cases. Our old regulatory scheme was designed with these towers in mind, but the FCC’s relaxing of mandates has spurred not only job growth but infrastructure investment.

For more competition in the marketplace, the FCC and DOJ should approve the Sprint and T-Mobile merger to allow for a virtual technology arms race to occur between Verizon, AT&T and the new Sprint T-Mobile company. The benefactors of this competition? The American people. In other instances, like the FTC’s suit against Qualcomm, one of our leaders in 5G technology, we are being our own worst enemies.

On a much larger scale, this is really is a question of whether we think our free market approach can triumph over a subsidized, government-run economy on one of the most important issues of our day. Because we must recognize that entities like Huawei are not companies in the sense that Americans understand them.

They are state-backed entities, working hand-in-glove with the autocratic government of China. Allowing these pseudo state actors to control this crucial new technology paves the way for further Chinese influence and eventually domination in the tech space.

This is absolutely a battle of world views. America represents a world with free and open access to the internet, the free flow of information, and that values, although doesn’t always practice, privacy, avoids government intrusion, and allows for innovation and growth.

The Chinese internet is one of centralized control, with constant tracking and surveillance by government actors, government control of the flow of information, and the massive abuse of the rights and privacy of its citizens. We can’t allow the Chinese model to be adopted by the world.

Some analysts say that we’re behind in this race to win the 5G battle, and now we have reports that as Huawei is already making aggressive inroads in the 5G space, it is also building and repairing underwater internet cables that are data superhighways carrying 95 percent of our data and voice traffic.

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Underwater internet cables have been a field in which America has traditionally led, but Bloomberg reported recently that Huawei is now involved in building or repairing of 100 of these underwater cables, having just completed the 4,000-mile cable between Cameroon and Brazil. Ask yourself this: do you really think a company subsidized by a Communist police state didn’t backdoor that cable to capture all of the information flow?

America can’t be asleep at the wheel. Chinese-backed ventures have been quietly working on winning the 5G race for many years. Trump is absolutely right on the United States winning the 5G battle: we can’t allow ourselves to be beaten by an authoritarian state bent on its own form of world influence.

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829-year-old ‘Viking-style’ shipwreck reveals its secrets

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The wreck of a 12th-century ‘Viking-style’ ship discovered in a German port is revealing its secrets thanks to high-tech 3D-scanning technology.

The shipwreck was found in just 10 feet of water when workers were extending the Baltic Sea port of Wismar. Thanks to the seawater and harbor silt, the ship’s timbers are perfectly preserved, according to archaeologists.

Measuring almost 80 feet by 13 feet, the ship’s remains have been dated to around 1188. Experts used 3D scanner technology to reveal that the open-decked ship was constructed entirely with axes and adzes.

FEMALE VIKING WARRIOR’S REMARKABLE GRAVE SHEDS NEW LIGHT ON ANCIENT SOCIETY

Analysis of the ship’s timbers revealed that they were from Western Sweden. Maritime Archaeologist Dr. Jens Auer, who led the project, described the ship as a descendant of Viking vessels. “It was a heavy, load-bearing cargo ship, of Nordic design, built with great care and durability…with overlapping pine planks, clinker-style, with a beautiful curved construction…made during a relatively peaceful period of time,” he explained, in a statement.

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A diver examines the wreck. (Landesamt für Kultur und Denkmalpflege Mecklenburg-Vorpommern)

The ship likely carried cargoes such as timber, stones, or even beer, Auer added.

Experts estimate that the ship had a crew of 8 to 12 men.

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“The Wismar wreck is of great importance because it tells us about the type of vessels that were crossing the seas of Northern Europe during the high medieval period,” Massimiliano Ditta, maritime archaeologist at the Stavanger Maritime Museum told Fox News, via email. “Historically we were in a period of transition and a shift of economic power. This is reflected in the construction of the ship, and due to its incredible state of preservation, it is a treasure trove of information not otherwise accessible.”

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A diagram of the shipwreck. (Massimiliano Ditta)

After lifting the wreck out of the Baltic waters, experts used an Artec handheld 3D scanner technology to scan the timbers at a warehouse in the German city of Schwerin. The scanning process took one month, with the scans used to create a 3D-printed small scale model of the ship.

Ditta, who oversaw the 3D scanning of the wreck, says that the ship offers a glimpse into Baltic trade before towns in the region formed a powerful trading group known as the Hanseatic League.

VIKING LONGSHIP DISCOVERY THRILLS ARCHAEOLOGISTS

“The ‘Big Ship of Wismar’ not only shows us how bulk trade was carried out between Scandinavia and the Baltic shores prior to the rise of the Hanseatic League but also sheds light on the early history of Wismar as a maritime town,” he said.

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One of the ship’s timbers recovered from wrecksite. (Landesamt für Kultur und Denkmalpflege Mecklenburg-Vorpommern)

Viking-era discoveries have thrilled archaeologists across Scandinavia and the Baltic in recent years. An incredible Swedish grave containing the skeleton of a Viking warrior, long thought to be male, was recently confirmed as female.

Last year, a Viking “Thor’s hammer” was discovered in Iceland and archaeologists in Norway used ground-penetrating radar technology to reveal an extremely rare Viking longship.

VIKING ‘THOR’S HAMMER’ DISCOVERED IN ICELAND

Also in 2018, an 8-year-old girl discovered a 1,500-year-old sword in a Swedish lake and an incredible trove of silver treasure linked to the era of a famous Viking king was discovered on an island in the Baltic Sea. Hundreds of 1,000-year-old silver coins, rings, pearls, and bracelets were found on the German island of Ruegen.

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The ship’s timbers were perfectly preserved, according to archaeologists. (Landesamt für Kultur und Denkmalpflege Mecklenburg-Vorpommern)

In 2017, an incredibly well-preserved Viking sword was found by a reindeer hunter on a remote mountain in Southern Norway. In 2016, archaeologists in Trondheim, Norway, unearthed the church where Viking King Olaf Haraldsson was first enshrined as a saint.

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A 3D scan of one of the ship’s timbers. (Landesamt für Kultur und Denkmalpflege Mecklenburg-Vorpommern)

Separately in 2016, a tiny Viking crucifix was found in Denmark.

Fox News’ Bradford Betz and The Associated Press contributed to this article. Follow James Rogers on Twitter @jamesjrogers

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Facebook now used for Dark Web activity

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Over two billion people use Facebook to buy and sell goods, chat with each other, and post vacation pictures. Now, according to a new report by Talos Intelligence, it’s also become part of the Dark Web, a place to sell credit card information, illegal contraband, and much more.

What’s even more surprising, according to experts, is that this Dark Web activity isn’t that dark or hard to find — criminals sell credit cards right out in the open. One quick search for a term like “carding” (a criminal term for selling credit cards) reveals dozens of Facebook Groups.

While Facebook is constantly trying to shut down these groups, they keep popping up.

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One example: Talos posted screenshots of credit card numbers, complete with matching photo identification and the CVV code, available for as little as $25 each (all obscured to protect identities). While illegal, the sellers are hard to track down since they use false identities.

“Cybercriminals are fairly brazen due to non-extradition policies and trying to monetize their malicious activities,” said Byron Rashed, a spokesperson for security firm Centripetal Networks. “Many are very good at hiding their location, real identity, and covering their tracks.”

While Facebook representatives did not respond to requests for more information, the Talos report did say that Facebook does routinely shut down some of these Groups.

EXPERTS TRACK PERSONAL DATA’S MURKY JOURNEY AROUND THE DARK WEB

According to Emily Wilson, the VP of Research at security company Terbium Labs, the groups tend to proliferate quickly and the massive social network can’t keep pace.

“Facebook has clearly made some decisions on resource allocation for shutting down these groups and cybercrime seems relatively low on Facebook’s priority list,” she said. “Fraud — whether account takeover, payment card fraud, phishing schemes, you name it — is unduly relegated to the bottom of everyone’s list, and these criminal groups know that.”

Laurence Pitt, security strategy director at Juniper Networks, told Fox News the Facebook Group activity does protect one group of users — the criminals posting the items for sale.

HACKER LOOKS TO SELL 655,000 ALLEGED PATIENT HEALTHCARE RECORDS ON THE DARK WEB

“No one wants to receive a message from their Dark Web messenger, but a Facebook or Twitter notification is both common and innocent in its look, but not in its meaning,” he said. Accessing the Dark Web is also complex, requiring the use of multiple virtual private networks, complex logins, and bypassing a myriad of security certificates. Facebook is fast and easy.

As the experts all noted, the real reason criminals use Facebook Groups is that they want to reach the masses, and the masses use Facebook. By posting in a group and listing their items for sale, with pictures and details about what’s available, the criminals attract a much larger audience who are more likely to join the group, simply by doing a quick search.

The question is what to do about it.

Wilson from Terbium Labs said one key is for the tech giants like Facebook and other social media companies like Twitter to make crime-prevention a bigger priority. She added that new legislation governing Dark Web infiltration on social media is also paramount.

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For the everyday consumer posting selfies and looking for a new sofa, the answer is more education about how to spot illegal activity — and report what you see.

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Kenneth Starr concerned Mueller report may not be ‘written in a fair and balanced way’

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Former independent counsel Kenneth Starr said Wednesday he was concerned Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s upcoming redacted report may not be “written in a fair and balanced way.”

“The concern that I think is a fair concern is, is the report going to be written in a fair and balanced way? It is a concern,” Starr said on “America’s Newsroom” on Wednesday. “Now why the concern? Because of Bob Mueller, who I hold in very high regard, his choice of staff. So many questions have been raised about that staff and their leanings and so forth. And they’ve had the opportunity without any kind of cross examination, any kind of check, any kind of balance to write whatever they want to write. And that I think legitimately raises concern of fairness and balance.”

KENNETH STARR ‘VERY PROUD’ OF WILLIAM BARR’S HANDLING OF MUELLER REPORT 

Last month, Mueller submitted his almost 400-page report to the Justice Department for review by the attorney general and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. In a letter to Congress, Attorney General Bill Barr relayed some of the primary findings of the report, stating the special counsel found no evidence of collusion between members of the Trump campaign and the Russians during the 2016 presidential election. Democrats blasted Barr for what they called his “unacceptable” handling of the initial summary of that document.

Barr said he identified four areas of the report that he believed should be redacted, including grand jury material and information the intelligence community believes would reveal intelligence sources and methods.

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“The frustration will be, we don’t have it all. Why don’t we have it all? I think Bill Barr, the Attorney General, has very ably and responsibly answered that. There are restrictions on law. Grand jury testimony being the primary example,” Starr said Wednesday. “And then the acrimony will be this cherry picking. I think it is inevitable. ‘A-ha, do you see this sentence, see that and what that means is,’ and then a lot of interpretation and extrapolation.”

He added, “It would be good if we could call a national time-out and actually review what we have and then come to a more sober judgment. But politics is politics.”

Starr recommended Barr explain why he did what he did in the report once it is released.

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“I’m speaking as a citizen who has served in the justice department. This would build, I think, public confidence in what he has done, if he stands and explains it rather than waiting for a Congressional hearing, which will be a week or who knows how long and then all of the spinning goes on in the meantime. Let’s hear from the attorney general of the United States. That’s my hope,” said Starr.

Starr conducted an investigation into former President Bill Clinton and released his report in 1998.

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The Kardashians get paid ‘six figures’ for social media promotion

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When they’re not making a ton of money off of television, cosmetics and endorsements, the Kardashians and the Jenners are hustling on social media.

In an interview with CBS This Morning, matriarch Kris Jenner spoke about her daughters and their lucrative social media deals. “My daughters are constantly getting offers to post something for a company, or a brand, on social media,” Jenner said. She continued, “They have a fee for a post, or a fee for a story, a fee for Facebook … they have a fee schedule.”

Kris didn’t provide exact numbers, but she assured us that “it’s definitely six figures.”

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Whether it is vitamins or teeth whiteners, the Kardashians and the Jenners have promoted it all. This isn’t to say, however, that the Kardashians and Jenners will take up every promotional opportunity. Kris broke down the pricing structure for what items they are allowed to promote.

Ads cost more if it is “a pharmaceutical product if it’s something that you’re going to drink, or ingest, or put on your body.” Moreover, payment depends on what type of product is advertised and which sister will promote it—Jenner again did not provide specifics on payment.

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As with anything the Kardashians do, they continually face backlash for their peddling of health and beauty products. In a March interview with the New York Times, Kim fought back against naysayers, stating, “You’re going to get backlash for almost everything so as long as you like it or believe in it or it’s worth it financially, whatever your decision may be, as long as you’re O.K. with that.”

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Facebook now used for Dark Web activity

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Over two billion people use Facebook to buy and sell goods, chat with each other, and post vacation pictures. Now, according to a new report by Talos Intelligence, it’s also become part of the Dark Web, a place to sell credit card information, illegal contraband, and much more.

What’s even more surprising, according to experts, is that this Dark Web activity isn’t that dark or hard to find — criminals sell credit cards right out in the open. One quick search for a term like “carding” (a criminal term for selling credit cards) reveals dozens of Facebook Groups.

While Facebook is constantly trying to shut down these groups, they keep popping up.

YOUR PERSONAL DATA MAY BE ON THE DARK WEB: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

One example: Talos posted screenshots of credit card numbers, complete with matching photo identification and the CVV code, available for as little as $25 each (all obscured to protect identities). While illegal, the sellers are hard to track down since they use false identities.

“Cybercriminals are fairly brazen due to non-extradition policies and trying to monetize their malicious activities,” said Byron Rashed, a spokesperson for security firm Centripetal Networks. “Many are very good at hiding their location, real identity, and covering their tracks.”

While Facebook representatives did not respond to requests for more information, the Talos report did say that Facebook does routinely shut down some of these Groups.

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According to Emily Wilson, the VP of Research at security company Terbium Labs, the groups tend to proliferate quickly and the massive social network can’t keep pace.

“Facebook has clearly made some decisions on resource allocation for shutting down these groups and cybercrime seems relatively low on Facebook’s priority list,” she said. “Fraud — whether account takeover, payment card fraud, phishing schemes, you name it — is unduly relegated to the bottom of everyone’s list, and these criminal groups know that.”

Laurence Pitt, security strategy director at Juniper Networks, told Fox News the Facebook Group activity does protect one group of users — the criminals posting the items for sale.

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“No one wants to receive a message from their Dark Web messenger, but a Facebook or Twitter notification is both common and innocent in its look, but not in its meaning,” he said. Accessing the Dark Web is also complex, requiring the use of multiple virtual private networks, complex logins, and bypassing a myriad of security certificates. Facebook is fast and easy.

As the experts all noted, the real reason criminals use Facebook Groups is that they want to reach the masses, and the masses use Facebook. By posting in a group and listing their items for sale, with pictures and details about what’s available, the criminals attract a much larger audience who are more likely to join the group, simply by doing a quick search.

The question is what to do about it.

Wilson from Terbium Labs said one key is for the tech giants like Facebook and other social media companies like Twitter to make crime-prevention a bigger priority. She added that new legislation governing Dark Web infiltration on social media is also paramount.

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For the everyday consumer posting selfies and looking for a new sofa, the answer is more education about how to spot illegal activity — and report what you see.

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AOC narrates video from future in which her ‘Green New Deal’ saves US from environmental catastrophe

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In a video released on Wednesday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., told a “story from the future” in which her “Green New Deal” transformed the American economy and rescued the United States from the dire threat of climate change.

The freshman congresswoman predicted that Democrats would take both chambers of Congress and the White House by 2020 — ushering in a “decade of the Green New Deal” that prompted the “social and ecological transformation to save the planet.”

“Lots of people gave up, they said we were doomed,” she said after blaming fossil fuel companies like Exxon for saddling the public with the cost of climate issues. “But some of us remembered that as a nation, we’d been in peril before — the Great Depression, WWII — we knew from our history how to pull together to overcome impossible odds,” she said.

Championed by Ocasio-Cortez, the “Green New Deal,” has been criticized as unrealistic and too expensive. According to a conservative think tank’s estimate, the plan could cost upwards of $93 trillion, more than four times the national debt as of April 15, 2019.

But in the video, published by the climate-oriented Sunrise Movement, Ocasio-Cortez described Green New Deal legislation as “the kind of swing-for-the-fence ambition we needed.”

“Finally, we were entertaining solutions on the scale of the crises we faced without leaving anyone behind,” she said.

Her plan included public works projects, a “federal jobs guarantee,” and Medicare-for-all, which she predicted would become “the most popular social program in American history.”

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The ambitious video came at a time when Democrats appeared divided between more establishment Democrats and progressives like Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who favors large-scale government programs like single-payer health care.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has thrown cold water on progressive initiatives — rejecting socialism in a recent interview with CBS and minimizing Ocasio-Cortez and her colleagues as “like five people.”

Senate Democrats snubbed Ocasio-Cortez’s climate proposal last month when 42 Democrats, along with self-described socialist Sanders, voted present on a measure to bring the legislation to the floor for debate. Fifty-seven senators, including 53 Republicans, voted against breaking a filibuster.

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During an interview with MSNBC last month, Ocasio-Cortez dismissed cost concerns as sounding like “Dr. Evil.” “They wave this wand and they say, ‘Oh, it’s going to cost a bazillion dollars — like they sound like Dr. Evil, ‘$100 million.'”

She suggested instead that the government start with individual initiatives like fully funding pensions for coal miners in West Virginia. “Let’s just start, now!” she exclaimed.

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Beyoncé reveals post-birth weight, says she ‘rebuilt’ body with restrictive diet before Coachella

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Beyoncé is baring it all in her new documentary “Homecoming.”

In the film, which dropped on Netflix early Wednesday, the 37-year-old singer got candid about her health and body image — revealing how much she weighed after giving birth to twins Sir Carter and daughter Rumi in June 2017.

“I was 218 pounds the day I gave birth. I had to rebuild my body from cut muscles. What people don’t see is the sacrifice,” explained Beyoncé in the doc, according to Us Weekly.

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In a series of essays in Vogue back in September, Beyoncé explained she was swollen from toxemia after delivering the babies via emergency cesarean section. The twins spent weeks in intensive care.

“To this day my arms, shoulders, breasts, and thighs are fuller. I have a little mommy pouch, and I’m in no rush to get rid of it. I think it’s real. Whenever I’m ready to get a six-pack, I will go into beast zone and work my a– off until I have it. But right now, my little FUPA and I feel like we are meant to be,” Beyoncé told the magazine at the time.

“I had to rebuild my body from cut muscles. What people don’t see is the sacrifice.”

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Though she wasn’t in a hurry to lose weight postpartum, the Grammy-winning artist admitted in the documentary that she struggled at times to balance motherhood and her career.

“Just trying to figure out how to balance being a mother of a six-year-old [Blue Ivy, now 7] and of twins that need me, and giving myself creativity and physically, there’s a lot to juggle. It’s not like before when I could rehearse 15 hours straight. I have children. I have a husband. I have to take care of my body,” the mother of three, who is married to rapper Jay Z, said.

But Beyoncé was determined to get back in shape ahead of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April 2018. Before headlining the event, the “Lemonade” creator went on a restrictive diet.

“In order for me to meet my goals, I’m limiting myself to no bread, no carbs, no sugar, no dairy, no meat, no fish, no alcohol … I’m hungry,” said Queen Bey in the video, per Women’s Health.

Later on in the doc, Beyoncé beams at being able to fit into one of her old costumes. However, she later admitted the diet may not have been the healthiest choice — and vows to never attempt it again.

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“I definitely pushed myself further than I knew I could and I’ve learned a very valuable lesson. I will never, never push myself that far again,” she added.

Beyoncé released a surprise live album to accompany the documentary’s release Wednesday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Italy’s Salvini says he is under investigation for ‘kidnapping’ migrants after refusing entry

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Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said this week that he is under investigation for allegedly “kidnapping” migrants when the Italian government refused to allow an NGO ship of rescued migrants to dock.

Salvini, who serves as a deputy prime minister in the coalition between his nationalist party, League, and the radical 5-Star Movement, said on Twitter on Monday that he was under investigation, but was defiant in his position.

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“I do not change my mind! “ he tweeted “For the good or the Italians, with me the ports are and remain CLOSED!”

The investigation centers on a decision in January not to allow the Sea Watch vessel, carrying 47 migrants, to dock in Italy, according to La Repubblica. The rescue boat was one of a number of vessels that rescues migrants coming from Libya, and brings them to Italian shores.

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, and fellow Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio are also facing charges for the refusal to allow migrants to leave the boat, according to The Guardian.

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At the time, Di Maio invited the boat to travel to Marseille, France instead. It was eventually allowed to dock, but only after an agreement was reached by which the migrants could be distributed to other countries — including France.

Salvini’s League shot from near obscurity to the top of the polls last year, and has stayed there since the 2018 election, in part by promising to end the practice and to cut down on the number of migrants entering the country from Libya.

Salvini’s approach has produced results: official numbers showed that in January 2018, 3,176 migrants landed on the Italian coast via boats. But in January 2019 that number was just 155.

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But Salvini has faced continued opposition from the courts. He had previously been facing charges of kidnapping over his refusal to allow a boat of 177 migrants to land in Italy last year. However, Senate lawmakers blocked the case from proceeding.

The legal challenges have not stopped Salvini from going forward with his agenda. Last week, he announced a right-wing alliance with other nationalist leaders ahead of the European Parliament elections in May.

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