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Desperate mothers in desperate times

Life | Safe haven groups work to protect babies from abandonment during the pandemic
by Leah Hickman
Posted 5/04/20, 06:14 pm

In the last two months, the National Safe Haven Alliance’s hotline has seen an almost 10 percent increase in phone calls, many from moms asking what to do with babies they say they can’t care for. The coronavirus pandemic has added to the personal and financial strain on new parents, while the number of infant abandonments in the United States has increased slightly.

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Taiwan left off religious freedom alliance

International | The United States offers observer status instead to the crucial Asian ally
by Mindy Belz
Posted 2/17/20, 03:54 pm

TAIWAN: The U.S. State Department blocked Taiwan from joining 27 other nations in a U.S.-led International Religious Freedom Alliance. But according to Taiwanese officials, Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback did issue an invitation for the nation to join as an observer.

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Hating on the EU

International | British lawmaker gives rousing farewell speech before the European Parliament
by Mindy Belz
Posted 1/30/20, 02:35 pm

BRITAIN: “We love Europe, we just hate the European Union,” lawmaker Nigel Farage told the European Parliament in a rousing final speech in Brussels (see video clip below). The Parliament ratified the withdrawal agreement on Wednesday for Britain’s formal Friday departure from the EU—fulfilling a 2016 British referendum.

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