U.S. Supreme Court leak stirs abortion passions in Africa

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By Andrew Cawthorne (Reuters) – When a desperate and bleeding 17-year-old girl walked into his rural health centre, Kenyan medic Ismail Mohammed Salim thought he was doing the right thing by helping her conclude an unwanted and dangerous pregnancy. Days later, both were in jail. “I gave an evacuation service to save a patient’s life as the government trained me to do. Then I’m prosecuted,” said Salim, who was accused of performing an illegal abortion and detained in Kilifi town, where he had to sleep 20-to-a-cell. “I was in despair.” After a week in custody and a two-year legal process, the cl…

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High tech early warning system could curb next South African locust swarms

Published by Mongabay In May 2022, the largest locust infestation in a quarter century descended on South Africa’s Eastern Cape, stripping five million hectares (19,305 square miles) of grazing land. With another swarm predicted for September, the arrival of spring in the Southern Hemisphere, farmers in the vast 168,966 km² (65,238 sq. mi.) province have […]

Instagram Hides Some Posts That Mention Abortion

Instagram is blocking posts that mention abortion from public view, in some cases requiring its users to confirm their age before letting them view posts that offer up information about the procedure.Over the last day, several Instagram accounts run by…