The Daily Populous

Wednesday July 26th, 2023 evening edition

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt University Medical Center is being sued by its transgender clinic patients, who accuse the hospital of violating their privacy by turning their records over to Tennessee’s attorney general.

Two patients sued Monday in Nashville Chancery Court, saying they were among more than 100 people whose records were sent by Vanderbilt to Attorney General Jonathan Skrmetti.

The patients say Vanderbilt was aware that Tennessee authorities are hostile toward the rights of transgender people, and should have removed their personally identifying information before turning over the records.

The lawsuit seeks class-action status on behalf of everyone at the clinic whose private medical records were released to Skrmetti.

The attorney general’s office has said the hospital has been providing records of its gender-related treatment billing since December 2022, and that the records have been kept confidential.

It says that records for more than 100 current and former patients were sent without redacting their identities.

Howser said that at that point, hospital officials thought patients should hear it from them instead of media reports or other ways. »

Two-thirds of African leaders refuse to attend Putin’s summit

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The majority of African nations' leaders have chosen not to attend the upcoming Russia-Africa summit, with 38 out of 55 countries opting not to send their heads of state, The Moscow Times reported on July 25.

The summit, intended to showcase Russia's diplomatic push to increase influence on the continent, is taking place amidst a significant boycott: only 17 out of 55 African countries will be represented by their leaders at the event scheduled for July 27-28.

Despite the significant no-show, Putin plans to hold personal meetings with each of the African leaders who do attend the summit. »

Japan’s population drops by nearly 800,000 with falls in every prefecture for the first time

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Every one of Japan’s 47 prefectures posted a population drop in 2022, while the total number of Japanese people fell by nearly 800,000.

But national policies have so far failed to dent population decline, though concerted efforts by a sprinkling of small towns have had some effect.

Although Japan’s population started to fall before that of other countries – peaking in 2008 – declines in fertility rates have been more precipitous elsewhere, particularly in east Asia. »

Russian Attack Threatens Even Alternative Routes for Ukrainian Grain

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An executive whose ocean transportation company operates a ship waiting to load grain at Reni said he was waiting to hear whether Monday’s attack would affect insurance premiums, which were already high.

Given Russia’s withdrawal from the deal that guaranteed safe passage for commercial vessels through the Black Sea, insurance premiums are likely to be prohibitively expensive for shipowners, analysts said.

In recent days, Russia has launched a series of aerial assaults on Odesa, a Black Sea port in Ukraine. »