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Friday July 14th, 2023 night edition

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The approval is a major win for medical groups, including the American Medical Association and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which have been pushing for years for an over-the-counter (OTC) birth control pill.

"This is a monumental decision," said Dr. Melissa Simon, a professor of clinical gynecology at Northwestern University.

"OTC birth control is available in over 100 countries, so we've been behind in availing safe, effective methods such as this oral contraceptive pill to individuals who are trying to avoid pregnancy.".

Almost half of the 6.1 million pregnancies in the U.S. each year are unintended, according to the FDA.

The medication is expected to be available at drug stores, convenience stores, grocery stores and online, according to the FDA.

Still, ultimately, the FDA committee agreed most women could make their own decisions whether the medication was appropriate for them.

Over-the-counter birth control pills are already in more than 100 other countries, according to Free the Pill, an advocacy group dedicated to educating about birth control. »

IOC so far does not plan to invite Russia and Belarus to Olympics-2024

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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will not send Russia and Belarus the invitation to the 2024 Olympics, set to be held in Paris, on 26 July.

For the reasons given, this will exclude the NOCs of Russia and Belarus.".

Details: The decision was made in connection with the sanctions imposed by the IOC on Russian and Belarusian sports due to the invasion of Ukraine. »

Germany breaks with Nato to send 4,000 troops to Lithuania

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If Germany was willing, at the end of the first day of the Nato summit, to send the 4,000 troops to Lithuania in a purely bilateral arrangement between the two countries, why then had Germany required a Nato consensus for the deployment as recently as the day before?.

The OSW estimates that it will take three years to fully deploy the 4,000 troops being considered for deployment in Lithuania.

Lithuania disputed this, and the announcement by Pistorius to station the troops in Lithuania indicates that the country has been successful in demonstrating its perspective. »

Burger King Thailand stuns diners with meatless burger filled with 20 slices of cheese

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Burger King has introduced a new offering on its menu in Thailand - a meatless burger packed with 20 slices of American cheese.

Some reports said branches of Burger King had to stop taking orders for deliveries to ensure they had enough stock to provide their new cheese offering to in-store diners.

Cheese is a hugely popular food in Thailand, particular with younger generations, and is sprinkled across many dishes. »