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Saturday April 22nd, 2023 morning edition

image for A fifth of Russian prisoners recruited to fight in Ukraine are HIV positive, with convicts promised anti-viral drugs if they agreed to fight: report

A fifth of recruits in Russian prisoner units are HIV positive, says Ukraine, per The New York TImes.

Prisoners were recruited to join the Wagner Group in Ukraine with promises of anti-viral medication.

Captured soldiers said they agreed because Russian prisons deprived them of effective HIV treatment.

About a fifth of recruits sent to fight in Ukraine from Russian prisons are HIV positive, according to estimates by Ukrainian authorities, with several captured Russian soldiers telling The New York Times they were promised life-saving anti-viral medications if they agreed to fight.

One detainee told The Times that he took the offer to fight in Ukraine because the Russian prison system deprived him of supplies of effective medications that he needed to survive.

He was identified only by his first name in order to avoid retaliation if he returned to Russia.

While anti-viral treatments don't cure HIV, they can reduce viral loads, making people less susceptible to illness caused by a weakened immune system. »

Supreme Court preserves access to abortion pill for now

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The Supreme Court is seen on Friday, April 21, 2023, in Washington after the court decided to preserve women's access to a drug used in the most common method of abortion, rejecting lower-court restrictions while a lawsuit continues.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Friday preserved women’s access to a drug used in the most common method of abortion , rejecting lower-court restrictions while a lawsuit continues. »

The Supreme Court Just Ruled Abortion Pills Can Stay on the Market

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A common, effective, and safe abortion pill can remain on the market for now, the Supreme Court ruled Friday night, in the first major Supreme Court ruling on abortion since the justices overturned Roe v. Wade last year.

Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, two of the most hardline right-wingers on the overwhelmingly conservative-leaning court, publicly dissented from the court order.

But the Biden administration asked the Supreme Court to suspend any court orders that would change mifepristone’s availability, and the justices agreed. »

Delaware governor says he won’t block marijuana legalization

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(AP) — Delaware Gov. John Carney said Friday that he will allow bills legalizing recreational marijuana use by adults in the state and authorizing the establishment of a state-licensed and regulated cannabis industry to become law without his signature.

The Democratic governor’s move marks a turnaround from last year, when he vetoed a legalization bill championed by fellow Democrats.

“I remain concerned about the consequences of a recreational marijuana industry in our state,” Carney added. »

Russia Bombs Its Own City by Mistake

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A powerful explosion was reported in Belgorod's city center on Thursday evening.

Russian Telegram channels reported that multi-story buildings were damaged, while the region's governor, Vyacheslav Gladkov, said three people were injured in the blast.

"On April 20, during the flight of an Su-34 aircraft of the Aerospace Forces over the city of Belgorod, there was an abnormal descent of an aircraft munition. »