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Chinese couple sells newborn daughter to purchase iPhone

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BEIJING — A Chinese couple reportedly sold their 18-days-old daughter for 23,000 Yuan (Rs3, 79,728) to purchase an iPhone.

A Duan, father of the child, from Fujian Province in nation’s southeast found a purchaser for his 18-days-old daughter on the social networking website QQ, who paid 23,000 Yuan for the child, state-run People’s Daily online reported.

As per People’s Daily Online, a pair of 19-year-olds became unwilling parents after accidentally conceiving. When the child was 18-days-old, the baby’s father ‘A Duan’ and mother ‘Xiao Mei’ — their names have been changed — used social media to free themselves of their living, breathing burden.

The man supposedly planned to purchase an iPhone and a motorbike with the cash. The mother, called Xiao Mei, apparently worked some part-time jobs while the father invested his most of time in Internet cafes.

Mei had fled from Tong’an after the baby was sold, but was tracked down by police investigating the illegal sale.

“I myself was adopted, and may people in my hometown send their kids to other people to raise them. I really didn’t know that it was illegal,” Mei said.

Mei has received a two-and-a-half year suspended sentence and A Duan was given three years in jail, the report said.


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Dead man alive: Romanian court rejects man’s claim he’s alive

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BUCHAREST — A Romanian court has rejected a man’s claim that he’s alive, after he was officially registered as dead.

A court spokeswoman said Friday that 63-year-old Constantin Reliu lost his case in the northeast city of Vasului because he appealed too late. The ruling is final.

Media reported Reliu went to Turkey in 1992 for work and lost contact with his Romanian family. Hearing no news from her husband, his wife managed to get a death certificate for him in 2016.

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Turkish authorities located Reliu this year with expired papers and deported him. When he arrived in Romania, he discovered he had been declared dead.

He was quoted as saying: “I am officially dead, although I’m alive, I have no income and because I am listed dead, I can’t do anything.”

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