World news bites: America rejects limiting access to abortion pills 

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USA – The US Supreme Court unanimously rejected an attempt to limit access to the abortion pill mifepristone. The plaintiffs, a group of anti-abortion doctors and activists, were deemed to lack legal standing to sue. Despite this ruling, future attempts to restrict the drug’s availability remain possible. Mifepristone, used in medication abortions, was targeted by the Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine, which argued for revoking its FDA approval. The court, however, found no demonstrated harm from the drug’s availability, a requirement for legal standing.

Ukraine – The G7 has agreed to use frozen Russian assets to raise $50-billion (R917-billion) to support Ukraine’s fight against Russian forces. The funds, expected by year-end, are to provide long-term support for Ukraine’s war effort and economy. At the G7 summit, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and American President Joe Biden signed a historic 10-year security agreement, offering US military and training aid but not troop deployment. 

Congo – A shipwreck in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has resulted in over 80 deaths according to a statement from the president’s office on Wednesday. The ship sank in the Kwa River, 70 kilometres from Mushie in Maï-Ndombe province. President Félix Tshisekedi has called for an investigation to determine the causes of the incident. Deadly shipwrecks are common in the DRC due to poor road infrastructure, leading many to rely on boats for transportation along the Congo River. Last October, a boat overturned in the Congo River, killing about 52 people. 

USA – Celine Dion wants to find ways to continue performing. In December 2022, she revealed in an Instagram video, “I’ve been dealing with health problems for a long time. I have been diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder,” and cancelled the remainder of her world tour. Her condition, Stiff Person Syndrome (SPS), is a neurological disorder that causes muscle spasms, which went undiagnosed for years. At 56, she remembers the pain she suffered when noticing changes in her voice on tour. 

Pictured above: Mifepristone pills. 

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