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‘This is not a drill’: Missouri’s last abortion clinic is being forced to shut down services this week

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The sole abortion clinic in Missouri may be forced to shut down services this week after the state declined to renew its license.

According to a statement from Planned Parenthood, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is “refusing to renew” a license required to perform abortions at the clinic, which would still be able to provide non-abortive services.

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“This is not a drill. This is not a warning. This is a real public health crisis,” Planned Parenthood CEP Leana Wen was quoted as saying in a CBS News report.

If the state’s final abortion clinic is forced to stop providing services this week, it would be the first time since the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that Missouri has been without an abortion clinic.

Planned Parenthood said it plans to sue “in order to try to keep serving Missouri women.”

For its part, the state has accused clinic staff of “deficient practices.” Inspectors complained that some members of the staff were not available for interviews. The clinic has until May 31 to obtain a new license.

Missouri and five other states have passed laws in 2019 that effectively ban abortions. The laws have not been put on hold because they are facing challenges in court in each state.

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Arctic ‘doomsday vault’ stocks up on more food seeds in preparation for a global catastrophe: report

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An Arctic "doomsday vault" is set Tuesday to receive 60,000 samples of seeds from around the world as the biggest global crop reserve stocks up for a global catastrophe.

The seeds are to be deposited in the vault inside a mountain near Longyearbyen on Spitsbergen Island in Norway's Svalbard archipelago, about 1,000 kilometres (600 miles) from the North Pole.

"As the pace of climate change and biodiversity loss increases, there is new urgency surrounding efforts to save food crops at risk of extinction," said Stefan Schmitz, who manages the reserve as head of the Crop Trust.

"The large scope of today’s seed deposit reflects worldwide concern about the impacts of climate change and biodiversity loss on food production," Schmitz added.

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Trump demands two female Supreme Court justices recuse themselves from all of his cases: ‘I only ask for fairness’

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The president of the United States on Monday demanded two Supreme Court justices recuse themselves from all cases related to his interests.

Donald Trump made his demand while visiting India.

Trump quoted Fox News personality Laura Ingraham as saying Justice Sonia Sotomayor "accuses GOP appointed justices of being biased in favor of Trump."

"This is a terrible thing to say," Trump argued.

The president did not see the comments as a warning of justices who were not acting impartially but instead said Sotomayor was trying to "shame" fellow justices into voting her way.

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World Health Organization warns COVID-19 coronavirus could be a ‘potential pandemic’

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The new coronavirus has peaked in China but could still grow into a pandemic, the World Health Organization has warned, as infections mushroom in other countries.

Financial markets have gone into a tailspin after grim news of deaths and outbreaks in the Middle East, Europe and Asia, even as the Chinese epicentre appeared to be calming, with the death toll at its lowest for three weeks.

But the situation is worsening in other countries, with more than 2,000 cases and 30 deaths reported abroad, prompting a raft of restrictions on travellers from infected nations.

South Korea, Italy and Iran have logged particularly sharp increases in infections and deaths, while several countries in the Middle East reported their first cases of the novel coronavirus.

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