SEOUL, South Korea – A rhetorical battle between the rival Koreas intensified Monday with a South Korean official saying North Korea "must disappear soon."

The comments, which will likely draw a furious response from Pyongyang, followed a series of sexist and racist slurs by North Korea against the leaders of South Korea and the United States. Pyongyang's state media likened South Korean President Park Geun-hye to an "old prostitute" and U.S. President Barack Obama to a "monkey" in recent dispatches.

South Korean Defense Ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok told reporters at a briefing in Seoul that North Korea isn't a real country and exists for the benefit of only one person, a reference to dictator Kim Jong Un. He said the North has no human rights or public freedoms.

South Korea has been highly critical of North Korea's nuclear and missile programs, including recent rocket and missile tests and apparent preparations for a fourth nuclear test. But the comments from Seoul on Monday are stronger than normal. South Korea tries to avoid publicly talking about anything that could be interpreted as a collapse of the North Korean government because of worries that Pyongyang would raise tensions.

Pyongyang has been ramping up its rhetoric against Seoul and Washington since Obama and Park met in Seoul last month. During that visit, Obama said that it may be time to consider further sanctions against North Korea and that the U.S. will not hesitate to use its military might to defend its allies.

South Korea has called the North's verbal insults against Park immoral and unacceptable. The U.S. State Department described the North's racist slurs against Obama as "disgusting."

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A man who appeared on a Turkish television dating show in search of a new partner shocked the audience by revealing he had murdered his former wife and a former lover.

Sefer Calinak, 62, told Flash TV's "Luck of the Draw" he had served prison sentences for each of the murders and had been released under an amnesty programme.

"I'm an honest person looking for a new wife," he told the show, saying he killed his first wife because he was "irritated" by her behavior and murdered a subsequent partner because he thought she was after his money.

Calinak was asked to leave the show by the host, prompting applause from the studio audience, in an episode which made headlines in Turkish newspapers

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A tenth-grade California girl allegedly passed out cupcakes to bullies at her school which she said contained “bodily fluids.”

As it turns out, the cupcakes were made with mayonnaise, barbecue sauce and soy sauce.

Either way, students in the girl’s French class were left with a bad taste in their mouths during a food day event last week.

Before the Bakersfield Police Department announced that the cupcakes weren’t laced with anything other than condiments, it was believed they may have contained “pubic hair, semen and expired food and pills.”

Officials at Centennial High School have now instituted a policy at the school banning outside food.

No arrests have been made and an investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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An unnamed Maryland high school senior was arrested and charged with mailing animal feces to Mark Flynn, the vice principal of his school.

Barb Witherow, a spokeswoman for Worcester County Schools, told the Delmarva Daily Times that the student has been suspended for 10 days, the maximum allowable amount of time. "We do promote a respectful and positive learning environment. Any inappropriate or disruptive or illegal activity is not acceptable," she said.

The male student has also been charged with three counts of disturbing activities at school and three counts of molesting a school administrator.

When he was arrested, the man admitted to mailing the fecal matter saying it was dog and cow poop.

The Postal Service will not pursue federal charges.


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An elementary school teacher in Tennessee has been suspended for allegedly telling a third grader to punch a second grader in the face twice.

The alleged incident, which happened at Watt Hardison Elementary School in Portland, happened after two boys got in a fight on the school bus on the way home from school.

"The little boy (third grader) had pushed him and hit his brother and cousin. So he hit him back," Brandie Dobson, the second grader's mother, told NewsChannel 5.

The boy's teacher, Rebecca Cassel, found out about the incident the following day and allegedly took the boys into a deserted classroom to finish the fight, while bringing another teacher along to serve as a witness.

"She had told, told the little boy to hit my son. My understanding, he hit him. She didn't feel like it was good enough, so she had him hit him again in the face," Dobson said.

Dobson only found out about the incident after children told her.

"He had to go back to his class, bawling, crying, red-faced and humiliated," Dobson told News 2. "There's two teachers in the classroom. Someone could have notified me or the other teacher could have stopped it."

Police have investigated the incident and Cassel will not face criminal charges.

Sumner County Schools released the following statement about the matter:

"The teacher has been suspended as Sumner County Schools conducts an investigation into these allegations. We intend to thoroughly investigate this matter to fully determine if this incident occurred and the circumstances surrounding it. If these allegations are indeed proven true by our investigation, our Director of Schools will take appropriate corrective action, as we will not tolerate this type of conduct within our school system."


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Raif Badawi, co-founder of the “Saudi Arabian Liberals” has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for "insulting Islam." (Reuters)

The sentencing of a prominent Saudi blogger to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam shows the Kingdom is run by radical Islamists who leave no room for dissent, his wife told FoxNews.com.

Raif Badawi, co-founder of the “Saudi Arabian Liberals” website and a well-known thinker and blogger, has been accused of writing anti-Islamic discourse online. His wife, who fled the nation two years ago and now lives near Montreal, said Badawi is “paying the price” for believing in freedom of expression.

“I am very shocked by the news, but the Saudi government is radical Muslim,” Ensaf Haidar told FoxNews.com of her husband. “He is the leader of the Saudi liberal movement, and the government wants to make a symbol out of him.”

Haidar said it has been two years since she last saw Badawi, who first came on the Saudi government’s radar in 2012, when he was imprisoned and subsequently sentenced to seven years in prison and 600 lashes for violating the country’s cybercrime laws.

In December, his sentence was overturned after appeal, but his case was sent to the Jeddah Criminal Court for review. A retrial was ordered. Badawi had originally been charged with “apostasy,” according to his wife, which is punishable by death in Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi Court also fined him the equivalent of $266,000, in a verdict Amnesty International called “outrageous.”

Amnesty International is publicly calling for the verdict to be overturned.

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It’s a fairly large coincidence, but no foul play is suspected after a Colorado pilot crashed a plane into a home he used to own in Northglenn on Monday.

Pilot Brian Veatch was flying from Platte Valley Park Airport to Coors Field while trailing an advertising banner when the plane’s engine failed, causing him to crash into the home.

“The fact he didn’t go nose down first -- it probably softened the blow. It probably saved his life,” Tom Mace, the owner of Drag ‘n’ Fly Banners, told KDVR.

Veatch, who is a firefighter for the South Metro Fire Rescue Authority, wasn’t hurt in the crash and tried to put out the fire himself with a garden hose. “I was proud of him. He went into fireman mode. Checked himself out, dropped out, got out of cockpit, tried to open the door,” Mace said.

No one was in the house at the time of the crash except a couple of dogs.

“My house is still standing. There was a plane sticking out of it earlier but they got that out,” the house’s current owner, Matthew Richardson, told CBS Denver. “It’s bizarre and unfortunate but there’s no loss of life and my animals are okay and it’s all material. I have insurance.”

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A mother told cops she watched her son get fatally shot over a parking spot in Jamaica, Queens — and then grabbed her son's own gun and shot at the fleeing suspect, police sources said Tuesday.

The mom said she and her son, Darrell Lynch, 24, got into an argument with the man over a parking spot on 113th Avenue sometime Monday, sources said. When the pair returned to their black Ford Explorer around 7:30 p.m., the man approached them and shot Lynch in the leg, the mother told police.

The bullet pierced Lynch’s femoral artery, according to authorities.

The dying Lynch then dropped his own illegal .45-caliber handgun, and the mother picked it up and fired at the fleeing killer, she told cops.

That weapon was recovered.

The man who shot Lynch fled from the scene, police said.

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A Detroit teacher has reportedly been fired after breaking up an in-class fight between students with a broom.

Two male students are seen fighting for at least 30 seconds on a cellphone video before the unidentified female teacher at Pershing High School intervenes, apparently striking one of the students on the back with the broom multiple times, MyFoxDetroit.com reports.

Keith Johnson, president of the Detroit Federation of Teachers, said he understood the teacher’s motive for using the broom, but said she was wrong for using the object as she did.

"Unfortunately, the method that she used, in terms of swatting one with a broom, is a violation of the corporal punishment provision under the Michigan school code,” Johnson said. “But she's caught in a quandary because under that same code she's expected to do what is necessary to diffuse a situation.”

The high school is part of the Education Achievement Authority, Michigan’s school turnaround district.

The two boys in the fight have been suspended for 10 days. The teacher, meanwhile, who was hired earlier this year, can appeal the firing during a meeting next month, district officials said.

Kiren Lowery, one of the students who has admitted to taking part in the fight, said the fired teacher was one of his favorites, but added he doesn’t feel responsible for her termination. She should have waited for security to come, he told MyFoxDetroit.com.

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The ruthless Islamic terrorist behind the kidnapping of hundreds of Nigerian school girls is believed to be holed up in abandoned military bunkers deep inside a remote forest eight times larger than Yellowstone and teeming with "wicked and poisonous" snakes.

The dreaded Sambisa Forest, a game reserve in the northeastern part of the embattled nation, provides bloodthirsty Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau safe haven from Nigeria's security forces, many of whom are said to be afraid to venture into the wooded no man's land. The shadowy leader, his army of jihadist fighters and 276 teenage girls he vowed to sell into slavery or as child brides are believed to have melted into rugged wilderness. The girls are to be sold for as little as $12, according to reports.

The Nigerian government has reached out to the United States for help in hunting down the terrorists and has offered a $300,000 reward for information leading to Shekau's capture. But catching the continent's most wanted man will require venturing into the 23,000-square-mile Sambisa, whose dangers have taken on mythical proportions. With confidence in Nigeria authorities completely eroded, local residents have reportedly pooled money for motorcycles to head into the forest in search of the girls missing since last month’s abduction, as well as more that have been abducted since. At least two of the girls have died of snakebites, and roughly 20 others are believed to be ill, according to an intermediary.

Shekau made his evil plans clear in a video released Monday, in which he gloated about the kidnappings.

"I abducted your girls," Shekau said, in an hour-long video that opens with fighters shooting guns into the air and shouting "Allahu akbar!" "By Allah, I will sell them in the marketplace.”

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