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Villagers find fetuses in forest

MOSCOW — Villagers in Russia’s south Urals region have made a gruesome discovery — four barrels left in a forest containing 248 human fetuses, prompting an official probe, officials said Tuesday.

Police in the Sverdlovsk region said the fetuses, preserved in formaldehyde, were kept in barrels with tags marked with surnames and numbers.

The Russian Orthodox Church suspected the fetuses were the result of abortion, and church spokesman said they “highlighted the degradation of our society.”

The fetuses were found a few miles away from a highway linking the region’s capital, Yekaterinburg, with another big city, Nizhny Tagil. Police think they may have come from four local hospitals. They have started an investigation.

The fetuses were taken to a local morgue.

The Health Ministry said it had ordered a check of local hospitals to prevent such incidents occurring again.

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Prison pool shocks Justice Ministry

ATHENS — Greece’s largest maximum security prison won’t get to keep its waterfall-adorned, barbecue-equipped pool.

The Justice Ministry on Tuesday ordered the destruction of a 24-foot-long pool in the yard of Korydallos prison’s psychiatric wing, saying the structure was built without permission and did not comply with health and safety standards.

The pool’s existence at the jail near Athens was reported by a newspaper Sunday. The ministry said the structure, reportedly built last year, includes a small rock waterfall and poolside barbecue racks.

Greece’s Prison Officers Association said the pool was built using money raised by the association and was restricted to staff and inmates at the psychiatric wing. Korydallos houses some 2,300 inmates, with about 300 receiving some form of psychiatric care.

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