‘Epidemic’ of Unintended Pregnancies in Philippines Amid Lockdown Measures

An “epidemic” of unintended pregnancies is building in the Philippines as lockdown measures try to curb Southeast Asia’s worst outbreak. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has said that the number of women expected to give birth this year could increase by 42%, or 751,000, to reach a total of 2.6 million if mobility restrictions stay until the end of 2020. “This is an epidemic within an epidemic,” UNFPA program officer Aimee Santos-lyons told a Senate inquiry on Tuesday. She added that maternal deaths during childbirth are also on the…

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Colombia arrests US men accused of selling fake COVID cure

Colombian officials say they have arrested two Florida men wanted in the United States on charges they illegally sold a bleachlike chemical as a miracle cure for the new coronavirus and other diseases. The Colombian prosecutor’s office said Tuesday that Mark and Joseph Grennon were arrested in the beach town of Santa Marta, and were shipping their “Miracle Mineral Solution” — chlorine dioxide — from there to clients in the United States, Colombia and Africa. It said seven Americans had died from using the substance. Mark Grenon is the archbishop…

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Has It Been Proven That Transgender Surgery Does Not Improve Mental Health?

Last year, a groundbreaking study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry (AJP) claimed to prove that transgender surgery improves the mental health of people suffering from gender dysphoria (the persistent and painful identification with the gender opposite one’s biological sex). Earlier this month, however, AJP issued a “correction” that acknowledged key flaws in the study and admitted that the true results “demonstrated no advantage of surgery.” This represents a severe blow to the transgender ideological takeover of American medicine. The original AJP article “Reduction in Mental Health Treatment Utilization Among Transgender Individuals After Gender-Affirming…

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Atomic bomb dropped on Japan’s Hiroshima 75 years ago still reverberates

Regular nosebleeds, three bouts with cancer and blinding cataracts. It’s been 75 years since the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima — marking the end of World War II and the dawn of the nuclear age — but survivors like Masaaki Takano still live with the consequences. “I’m mentally trying hard to pretend I’m OK,” Takano, 82, told NBC News by telephone from Japan in Japanese. For decades Takano quietly lived with his ailments. He was not recognized as a “hibakusha” — a survivor of the bombing…

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Republican lawmakers to universities: Show us your foreign funding

Republican lawmakers on Monday asked six universities, including Harvard and Yale, to report the sources of their foreign funding. Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) and James Comer (R-Ky.) reached out in a letter to the University of Chicago, the University of Delaware, Harvard University, New York University, the University of Pennsylvania and Yale University, asking for access to all unredacted records of gifts from or contact with foreign sources. Countries they specifically identify as suspicious sources of funding include China, Iran, Qatar, Russia, and Saudi Arabia. “to help us better understand foreign influence and investment in…

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Iran Sanctions Former Trump NSC Official

Iran over the weekend sanctioned a former top White House National Security Council member who helped drive President Donald Trump’s maximum pressure campaign against Tehran. Richard Goldberg, an aide to former White House national security adviser John Bolton who spearheaded the administration’s economic sanctions on Iran, was sanctioned by Tehran for what Iranian leaders called “economic terrorism” against the country. The new actions mark another escalation in the Islamic Republic’s tit-for-tat sanction war with America. The Trump administration has crippled the Iranian economy with sanctions and aimed to bankrupt its…

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Criminals in Occupied Paris

The hours of the Vichy regime forever sully French history and insult the French past and traditions. President Jacque Chirac on July 17, 1995 confessed that the criminal folly of the Nazi occupiers was seconded by the French state. In his new book, The King of Nazi Paris, Christopher Othen recounts the sordid Gothic horror story of a group of malefactors, a gang of criminals, crooks, pimps, corrupt and disgraced police, mafiosi, fallen celebrities, fake aristocrats, pimps, gold traffickers, even a former captain of the French national football team, who worked for…

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Bahamas puts Grand Bahama under lockdown a day before U.S. travel ban takes effect

With a surge in COVID-19 cases being traced back to Bahamians traveling from the United States, the Bahamas has announced a two-week lockdown of the island of Grand Bahama, which is leading a wave of new infections after being coronavirus free for months. Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis, speaking before a cabinet meeting Tuesday, said the lockdown will take effect at 7 p.m. Thursday and run until 5 a.m. August 7. He added that effective 6 p.m. Tuesday, all domestic flights in and out of Grand Bahama will cease. The…

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As Australian COVID-19 cases surge, state bans “dancing, mingling” at weddings

Australia’s Victoria state on Friday reported a record daily increase in COVID-19 cases while neighbouring New South Wales said it was banning dancing, singing and mingling at weddings as authorities struggle to contain a new wave of infections. Victoria, which has forced nearly 5 million people in the country’s second most populous state into a partial lockdown for more than a week, said it has found 428 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, most from community transmission. Such is the size of the Victoria outbreak, Australia on Friday…

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EXCLUSIVE: Chinese virologist accuses Beijing of coronavirus cover-up, flees Hong Kong: ‘I know how they treat whistleblowers’

Hong Kong scientist Dr. Li-Meng Yan was stepping into uncharted territory. Hours before she boarded an April 28 Cathay Pacific flight to the United States, the respected doctor who specialized in virology and immunology at the Hong Kong School of Public Health had plotted her escape, packing her bag and sneaking past the censors and video cameras on campus. She had her passport and her purse and was about to leave all of her loved ones behind. If she was caught, she knew she could be thrown in jail — or, worse, rendered…

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