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Surrogate mum gives birth to twins for Chinese couple only to realize months later that one of the babies was hers

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Usually, it is believed that once a woman is pregnant, she cannot conceive another baby, but in what has shocked the whole world, a woman serving as a surrogate mother gave birth to a Chinese couple’s babies only to discover later that one of the babies was hers.

Jessica Allen, 31, had been implanted with a Chinese couple’s baby, then she got pregnant with her own child while already pregnant with another couple’s child and she didn’t know this. She found out she was expecting twins and thought both babies were for the couple. After she gave birth last December, she was not allowed to see the babies at all as their “biological” parents took them immediately.

But two months later, she was sent a photo from their new mum and she was shocked to see that the boys were not identical twins and one was much lighter than the other. DNA tests later confirmed one of the boys was Jessica’s biological son.

But getting her son back was not that easy. Jessica and her husband Wardell claim they faced difficulties with the surrogacy agency before the child was given back to them. Jessica, who was paid $35,000 to act as a surrogate, says the agency told her she would have to pay between $18,000 and $22,000 for the return of the child.

After a complicated process, Jessica and Wardell got custody of their son without paying anything. The emotional mum has been reunited with her little boy as tears stream down her face and the moment was caught on footage.

The 31-year-old told the New York Post: “It was the first time I saw my son in person – and it took place in a Starbucks parking lot. We were floored.”

Medics told the stunned new mum that after she became pregnant with the couple’s child, she ovulated again and conceived another baby with her own husband, Wardell Jasper. Most women stop producing eggs when they are pregnant, so double pregnancies – known as superfetation – are extremely rare.

Jessica insists she and her husband followed their doctor’s instructions and refrained from having sex until her pregnancy had been confirmed. She and her husband, from San Bernardino, California, now have custody of their son, who is now 10 months old. The little boy, Malachai, is now settling into his new home, which includes mum and dad and two older brothers.

Jessica said: “I missed two months of my son’s life. Those first few weeks of bonding are so important and we were robbed of them.”

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Hong Kong Activities face crucial weekend test after airport setback

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Source: AFP- Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement faces a major test this weekend as it tries to muster another huge crowd following criticism over a recent violent airport protest and as concerns mount over Beijing’s next move.

Ten weeks of protests have plunged the international finance hub into crisis with the communist mainland taking an increasingly hardline tone, including labelling the more violent protester actions “terrorist-like”.

Chinese state media have put out images of military personnel and armoured personnel carriers across the border in Shenzhen, while the United States has warned Beijing against sending in troops, a move many analysts say would be a reputational and economic disaster for China.

The nationalistic Global Times newspaper said there would not be a repeat of the Tiananmen Square crackdown, in which hundreds — or even thousands — are believed to have been killed, if Beijing moves to quash the protests.

“The incident in Hong Kong won’t be a repeat of the June 4th political incident in 1989,” it said, insisting the country now had more sophisticated approaches.

It was a rare reference to the bloody events, which are taboo in China.

Hong Kong’s protests were sparked by opposition to a plan to allow extraditions to the mainland, but have since morphed into a wider call for democratic rights in the semi-autonomous city.

Millions of people have hit the streets while clashes have broken out between police and small groups of hardcore protesters for 10 consecutive weekends.

For most of that time, US President Donald Trump has taken a hands-off approach to the unrest but began speaking up this week, suggesting any potential trade deal with Beijing could be upended by a violent response from the mainland.

Speaking on Thursday, Trump urged his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to meet protesters and solve the crisis “humanely”.

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Italy’s League faces threat over new Government crisis

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Source: Rueters, Italy’s ruling League party could end up in opposition and risks looking stupid over its bid to bring down the coalition and trigger an early election, a senior League official said.

Renewed political turmoil in the euro zone’s third largest economy threatens to derail preparations for the 2020 budget in the autumn, as Italy attempts to rein in its huge public debt, the highest in the 19-nation bloc after Greece.

The League’s far-right leader Matteo Salvini said last week its alliance with the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement was no longer workable and tabled a motion of no-confidence in the government.

The 46-year-old tough-talking Salvini’s gambit appeared to be an effort to capitalize on his popularity and bring on an election that could see him crowned as prime minister.

However, 5-Star and the opposition Democratic Party (PD) have stalled any debate of the motion and many of their politicians are now openly discussing forming a coalition among themselves to sideline Salvini.

League Cabinet Undersecretary Giancarlo Giorgetti, Salvini’s closest aide, acknowledged in an interview in La Repubblica daily on Thursday that the party could now end up in opposition, but said it would do so “with our heads high.”

“We could have held on to our government posts and now we risk looking stupid, but we posed a political issue,” Giorgetti said, referring to the policy gridlock which had bogged down the government amid constant bickering between the two parties.

With the prospect of a 5-Star/PD government looking increasingly plausible, the League’s Agriculture Minister Gian Marco Centinaio said on Wednesday he did not rule out trying to patch things up with 5-Star.

“I would never close the door completely,” he said in a radio interview.

Salvini said in Genoa on Wednesday the League “will do whatever we can to prevent a trickster’s deal between 5-Star and the PD.”

Francesco Galietti, founder of political risk consultancy Policy Sonar, said in a note that the possibility of the government continuing with a cabinet reshuffle was “more than just plausible.”

However, many 5-Star politicians now seem more tempted by a deal with the PD. Lower house deputy Giuseppe Brescia told La Repubblica on Thursday it would be “absurd” to try to resurrect the coalition after the League had unilaterally tried to sink it.

The 5-Star Movement has been hurt by its tie-up with the League, halving its voter support since the two parties joined forces in June last year, according to opinion polls. The League has overtaken it to become Italy’s most popular party.

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