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Abortion rights groups rally across U.S.



Thousands of U.S. residents have taken part in massive abortion protests right across the nation on Saturday, vowing they ‘will not go back’

There were over 380 demonstrations including central events in the major cities of Washington, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

It comes as the Supreme Court is expected to overturn the key Roe v Wade decision which will see abortion laws up to the discretion of individual states.

In cities across the United States Saturday, thousands of abortion rights supporters gathered in what organizers said would be “a summer of rage” if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

More than 400 “Bans Off Our Bodies” marches were planned by abortion rights groups across the country in response to the May 2 leak of a draft opinion showing the court’s conservative majority ready to reverse the 1973 landmark decision – which established a federal constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy.

Former member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Elizabeth Holtzman, joined others on Saturday:

“This is a decision that treats women as objects, as less than full human beings. It puts us back. I’ve been fighting for women’s rights for 50 years, and I’m not going to give up. Everybody here is not going to give up.”

JEN GOMEZ: “…people are going to find other means to get abortions. And unfortunately, it’s the lower income minorities who are going to be affected the most.”

KRISTIN MEYERING: “…I mean the more time that we waste, the more women are going to die from this because abortions are going to happen regardless and it’s going to result in more deaths for particularly disadvantaged and marginalized women.”

In the past week, protesters have gathered outside the homes of Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito and Brett Kavanaugh, who have voted to overturn Roe v. Wade, according to the leaked opinion.

Justice Clarence Thomas said at a conference in Dallas on Friday that trust within the court was “gone forever” following the leak.

Meanwhile, Democrats – who currently hold the White House and both chambers of Congress – hope that backlash to the Supreme Court decision will carry their party’s candidates to victory in congressional elections in November.

But voters will be weighing abortion rights against other issues such as the soaring prices of food and gas – and they may be skeptical of Democrats’ ability to protect abortion access after efforts to pass legislation that would enshrine abortion rights in federal law failed.

The Supreme Court’s final ruling, which could give states the power to ban abortion, is expected in June.


North Korea fires short-range ballistic missile



The launch continues a provocative streak in weapons testing as a US aircraft carrier visits South Korea

The launch was detected by South Korean and US militaries, who are currently conducting their annual joint military exercises in the region.

The US aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson is also taking part in the exercises, in a show of force against North Korea’s continued nuclear and missile testing.

North Korea's push to improve the lives of citizens

North Korea’s push to improve the lives of citizens

North Korea has conducted a series of missile and nuclear tests in recent months, despite international condemnation and UN sanctions.

The latest launch comes just days after North Korea test-fired a new type of anti-aircraft missile, and as the US prepares to deploy its THAAD anti-missile system in South Korea.

The US has also sent a naval strike group to the region in a show of force, and is reportedly considering additional sanctions against North Korea.

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Super Typhoon Noru smashes into the Philippines



Super Typhoon Noru is continuing to strengthen as it approaches the northern Philippines.

The storm is expected to make landfall late Sunday afternoon local time and could bring damaging winds and heavy rains to the region.

Noru is currently a Category 3 storm on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph (185 km/h).

The typhoon is expected to bring heavy rains and strong winds to the Philippines, which could lead to significant damage.

If you are in the path of Super Typhoon Noru, be sure to take all necessary precautions to protect yourself and your property from the storm.

Stay tuned to local news and weather reports for the latest information on the typhoon’s path and expected impacts.

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Iran cuts internet access over “hijab violation”



Iranian authorities say they will restrict internet access in the country until calm is restored to the streets

Protests over the death of a young woman in the custody of the morality police continue to rock the Islamic Republic.

Thousands of Iranians have taken to the streets in protest since the death last week of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was apprehended in Tehran and taken to a “re-education center,” apparently for not wearing her hijab properly.

Amini’s death has sparked outrage among Iranian women, who have long been subject to repressive rules mandating their dress and behavior.

In recent years, the government has stepped up its enforcement of these rules, with morality police attacking women for offenses such as wearing loose headscarves or talking to men in public.

The death of Amini, who was reportedly beaten in custody, has galvanized young Iranians who are fed up with the repression they have faced for their entire lives.

In addition to taking to the streets, they are using social media to spread the word about the protests and to call for an end to the government’s oppressive policies.

It remains to be seen whether the current wave of protests will lead to lasting change in Iran. But one thing is clear: the country’s young people are no longer willing to tolerate the status quo.

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