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Philippines Health Department Resumes Contraceptive Distribution Following Agency Ruling, Lifting Of Supreme Court Restraining Order

CNN Philippines: DOH starts distribution of contraceptives “The Health Department (DOH) said Thursday it is now distributing family planning supplies to regional health offices. This comes four days after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced 51 contraceptives are non-abortifacients, thereby lifting a temporary restraining order on these that was…

State Department Fact Sheet Outlines U.S. Efforts To Provide Assistance To Burma

U.S. Department of State: United States Assistance to Burma This fact sheet discusses U.S. efforts to provide assistance to Burma, including addressing the crisis and long-term challenges in Rakhine State, strengthening democratic transition and development, and supporting the national peace process (11/15).

Secretary Of State Tillerson Indicates U.S. Considering Sanctions For Individuals Responsible For Violence Against Rohingya

Associated Press: Tillerson says U.S. considers individual sanctions for Myanmar “U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday that his country was deeply concerned by ‘credible reports’ of atrocities committed by Myanmar’s security forces and called for an independent investigation into a humanitarian crisis that has seen hundreds of thousands…

HRW Report Urges China To End ‘Conversion Therapy’ Among LGBT People

Associated Press: Rights group urges China to ban abusive gay ‘conversion’ “The Chinese government should stop hospitals and other medical facilities from subjecting LGBT people to conversion therapy that in some cases has involved electroshock, involuntary confinement, and forced medication, a human rights group said Wednesday…” (Liu, 11/15). BuzzFeed News:…

Food Assistance, WASH Access Vital To Health Of Rohingya Refugees In Bangladesh

Project Syndicate: Feeding Myanmar’s Refugees Michael Dunford, emergency coordinator for the World Food Programme in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh “…The Rohingya [refugees in Cox’s Bazar] are safe from persecution, but the threat of illness and malnutrition pursues them. … The sight of young children playing barefoot in filthy water, or wading…

Death Toll From Earthquake On Iran-Iraq Border Passes 530; Rescue Efforts Underway

Associated Press: Rescuers search debris after Iran-Iraq quake kills over 530 “Rescuers on Tuesday used backhoes and heavy equipment to dig through the debris of buildings toppled by a powerful earthquake on the border between Iran and Iraq that killed over 530 people, with weeping women crying out to God…

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