US woman denied termination in Malta: 'I was terrified'
Now that her ordeal is over, Andrea Prudente is ready to speak out: she is determined that no other woman should go through what she did.
After days of anxious wait, she and her husband Jay were airlifted from Malta to Spain where Andrea received the treatment Maltese doctors had denied her.
Her pregnancy - one that had been deemed no longer viable - was terminated before her body developed a potentially deadly infection.
"It was a shock," Andrea tells me. "The heartbreak of finding out that this baby that we wanted, that we planned for, was going to die, was devastating on its own."
But when they got to the Mater Dei hospital in Malta, their grief was gradually overshadowed by the realisation that doctors there could not terminate her pregnancy: the baby's heart was still beating, and under Malta's complete ban on abortion, this meant there was nothing they could do but wait.
"One of the midwives told me when I would be on the 'brink of death' - she used these words - then they might intervene with a termination. It was terrifying," Andrea tells me.
Peruvian firefighters contain blaze near Machu Picchu after three days
Peruvian authorities say firefighters have managed to control a forest fire near the Incan ruins of Machu Picchu after three days battling the flames.
The blaze near one of the world’s most famous archaeological sites broke out on Tuesday, destroying around 100 acres of land – the equivalent of about 50 football pitches.
The fire, which Peru’s culture ministry said engulfed a remote area about six miles from the spectacular high-altitude citadel, was reportedly sparked by farmers who had been clearing land to grow crops.
“We have already been fighting the forest fire for two days and it has not been possible to get it under control, given the area is quite inaccessible,” Roberto Abarca, director of the Cusco risk management and security office, told Reuters on Thursday.
Dozens feared dead as ship sinks in South China Sea
More than two dozen crew members are unaccounted for after their ship broke in two during a typhoon in the South China Sea on Saturday, with rescuers scrambling to find them, officials have said.
Authorities dispatched planes and helicopters to help with the rescue. At least three people from the crew of 30 had been brought to safety as of 5.30pm local time (1030 GMT).
Photos released by the Hong Kong Government Flying Service showed one crew member being winched up to a rescue helicopter as big waves lashed the sinking ship.
The engineering vessel, which was 160 nautical miles (296km) south-west of Hong Kong, “suffered substantial damage and broke into two pieces” and the 30-member crew abandoned ship, according to the Flying Service.
Mob-style killings shock Netherlands into fighting descent into ‘narco state’
Journalists and lawyers under protection or murdered on the streets, court hearings guarded by the army, witness statements anonymised, and billions in dirty drug money that leaches through society, corrupting as it goes.
This is the Netherlands, where these facts have now inspired a crackdown pitting some €500m a year against a level of organised crime that politicians fear is increasingly “undermining” public order.
The mayors of Amsterdam and Rotterdam are warning of a “culture of crime and violence that is gradually acquiring Italian traits”, with record amounts of intercepted drugs at the port of Rotterdam, extreme violence that often kills the wrong target, and €15bn to €30bn a year laundered into property, cannabis “coffee shops”, tourism and bars. Allegations that the country, better known for its tolerance and fiscal frugality, has the characteristics of a “narco state 2.0” are now being taken extremely seriously.
Bezos slams Biden's call for gas stations to cut prices.
July 3 (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) founder Jeff Bezos renewed his spat with the White House over the weekend, as the world's third-richest person criticized President Joe Biden for calling on companies running gasoline stations to lower their prices.
In a tweet on Saturday, Biden said, "this is a time of war and global peril," and demanded the companies lower gasoline prices, which have soared to about $5 a gallon in many parts of the country.
"Bring down the price you are charging at the pump to reflect the cost you're paying for the product. And do it now," the president said.
Bezos soon after wrote on Twitter: "Ouch. Inflation is far too important a problem for the White House to keep making statements like this. It's either straight ahead misdirection or a deep misunderstanding of basic market dynamics.”
Amazon places limit on purchasing contraceptive pills. (Older story, new to me)
(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) has placed a temporary purchase limit of three units per week on emergency contraceptive pills, the company said on Tuesday.
The move comes days after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that recognized women's constitutional right to abortion. read more
Women with unwanted pregnancies in the country now may face the choice of traveling to another state where the procedure remains legal and available, buying abortion pills online, or having a potentially dangerous illegal abortion.
More than a dozen dead after bus falls into ravine in Pakistan
A passenger bus slid off a mountain road and fell into a deep ravine in heavy rain in southwest Pakistan on Sunday, killing 19 people and injuring 12 others, a government official said.
Mahtab Shah, the assistant administrator for the district of Shirani in Balochistan province, said about 35 passengers were on the bus, travelling from the capital Islamabad to Quetta city.
The death toll is expected to rise since many of those injured were in critical condition.
He said rescue workers were searching for survivors in the wreckage of the destroyed vehicle and surroundings that borders Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
Shah said apparently the bus slid on the wet road amid heavy rain and the driver lost control of the vehicle, which fell about 200 feet (61 metres) into the ravine.
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76 Fake Charities Shared a Mailbox. The I.R.S. Approved Them All. (Your tax dollars at work_
The “American Cancer Society of Michigan,” state authorities say, was a fake charity. And not even a good fake.
It was not in Michigan, for one thing. When the group applied to the Internal Revenue Service to become a tax-exempt nonprofit in 2020, it listed its address as a rented mailbox on Staten Island. It was not the American Cancer Society, either: In fact, the real American Cancer Society had already warned the I.R.S. that the leader of the sound-alike group, Ian Hosang, was running a fraud.
Mr. Hosang — a convicted stock-market fraudster once accused of dangling a man out of a building — got the I.R.S. to approve 76 nonprofits, often despite glaring red flags of potential fraud. His operations stole the names of better-known charities. They claimed to be located where they obviously were not.
But the I.R.S. kept saying yes. And in doing so, the agency has attracted scrutiny of its new fast-track system for approving charities — an innovation implemented to deal with backlogs and budget cuts that now denies only one application in 2,400, according to agency statistics.