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Putin’s New Doctrine, BoJo Bids Farewell, First COVID Inhaler

Ukrainian people wait in line for free lunch served by the Myrne Nebo charity in Kharkiv. The organization also delivers meals to Ukrainian soldiers on the frontlines of the war in the region.

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Welcome to Tuesday, where Vladimir Putin unveils a new “Russian World” foreign policy doctrine, Liz Truss officially takes over from Boris Johnson as UK Prime Minister, and Instagram gets slapped with a hefty fine. Meanwhile, Spain’s Agencia SINC looks at how the distorted and often negative portrayal of women in medicine is being challenged by the research community.

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• Putin unveils new “Russian World” foreign policy doctrine: Russian President Vladimir Putin approved a new foreign policy doctrine that is based around the concept of a “Russian World” that conservative ideologues use to justify intervention abroad.

• Trump investigation granted a “special master”: Former U.S. President Donald Trump’s request for a “special master” to review the materials seized by the FBI at his Mar-a-Lago home has been granted by a federal judge. District Judge Aileen Cannon, who was appointed by Trump in 2020, has ordered for a third-party attorney to be assigned on the case.

• One suspect found dead in Canada stabbings: Damien Sanderson, one of the two suspects in the Saskatchewan deadly mass stabbings, has been found dead by the police. His injuries are believed not to be self-inflicted. His brother Myles Sanderson is still on the run.

• BoJo resigns, enters Truss: After delivering a farewell speech in Downing Street during which he pledged support to his successor Liz Truss, Boris Johnson traveled to Balmoral in Scotland to tender his resignation to the Queen in a private meeting. Liz Truss subsequently met with the Queen and officially became the United Kingdom’s new Prime Minister.

• Convoy blast kills 35 in Burkina Faso: At least 35 civilians were killed and 37 wounded in an improvised explosive device blast targeting a convoy of supplies in Burkina Faso’s jihadist-ridden north. The convoy was escorted by the army and traveled to the capital Ouagadougou.

• Iran sentences two LGBT activists to death: A court in Urmia, Iran, has sentenced Zahra Seddiqi Hamedani, 31, and Elham Choubdar, 24, to death for "corruption on Earth." Human rights groups say they were accused of promoting homosexuality, making the first time a woman faces the death penalty in Iran for her sexual orientation.

• China approves first inhaled COVID vaccine: China’s medicines regulator has approved the world’s first inhaled COVID-19 vaccine, CanSino Biologics’ Convidecia Air, for emergency use as a booster vaccine. This comes as several Chinese cities are still under lockdown as part of a strict zero-COVID policy.

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China’s Jiefang Daily features rescue teams’ efforts in the wake of the 6.6 magnitude earthquake that hit the Sichuan province earlier this week. The quake — which killed 65 people, with 12 still missing — was felt by millions of people who were confined in their homes in Chengdu. President Xi Jinping ordered all efforts to be put towards minimizing casualties and saving lives: so far.


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€405 million

Ireland's Data Protection Commission (DPC) fined Instagram €405 million ($402 million) for a "major breach" in children's data on the platform. Irish regulators found that children had access to settings that could make their information public. Meta officials responded saying the settings were "old": "We disagree with how this fine was calculated and intend to appeal it" they said. Last year, the DPC fined Whatsapp €225 million for similar data protection issues.

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Hysterical to hypersexual: Bogus female diseases have always held women down

Throughout history, women have been overdiagnosed with mainly psychiatric ailments and syndromes that have already been ruled out, from hysteria to nymphomania. This distorted portrait, which had its golden age in the 19th century, has been questioned in recent decades by the research community, reports Beatriz de Vera in Spain’s Agencia SINC.

♀️ The uterus has been blamed since ancient Egypt: then, it was said that the organ moved inside the woman's body causing all kinds of conditions. Later, more or less elaborate theories have followed that relate the uterus to diseases or unruly behavior of women. The word hysteria, disease of the uterus (hystera, in Greek), accompanied these diagnoses and had a new golden age in the 19th century. Although today hysteria has disappeared from diagnostic manuals, “the prejudice that women are weak, sensitive, that they put up with less, that they complain about small things, remains.

💊 And it's not a trivial concern. This prejudice, says María Teresa Ruiz Cantero, professor of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the University of Alicante, is at the base of an important diagnostic error: that women are overdiagnosed with syndromes. “It is common that, when it is not very well known what is happening, the label "functional problem" is used. They stay in primary care wandering around and end up being prescribed painkillers, while the men are referred to a specialist, who provides curative treatment. This is very serious," she says.

🛑 “Today there are more women scientists, and they are changing the very way of doing science. Questions are being asked that have never been asked before,” says journalist Angela Saini in her book Inferior. “Things that were taken for granted are questioned, and old ideas give way to new ones. The distorted — often negative — portrayal of women in the past has been challenged in recent decades by researchers, who say it was wrong.”

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📣 VERBATIM

It’s a shame that it took so long.

— European Council President Charles Michel and Belgium’s Prime Minister Alexander De Croo reacted and denounced the European Union’s late response to the energy crisis. In an interview, Michel added, “There is not a day to lose” while in a separate statement De Croo declared, “Decisive action [at the European level] in spring could have limited the contamination of the electricity market.”

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Nazis. Terrorists! Satanists!? Putin's Rollout Of Big Lies Is Losing Its Punch

The Russian president has resorted to a string of changing lies to justify his war on Ukraine. He has shown contempt along the way for the Christian values he claims to defend. But like arms and ammunition, a regime can also run out of lies.

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BOGOTÁ — In time, lies are bound to implode. They'll crash faster than a troubled currency in a financial storm. When a deceitful government can no longer pull the wool over people's eyes, it is forced to seek more lies. That is what Russia's Vladimir Putin and his spokesmen have been doing: looking for new methods of bluster to justify his invasion of Ukraine.

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When launched last February, the official explanation was the shameless lie of wanting to liberate the Ukrainians from a Nazi-style regime. Simultaneously, Putin claimed Ukraine was no country but a mistaken gift of the Soviet Union, which had provisionally granted independence to its 40 million inhabitants and 600,000 square kilometers!

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