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New Chemical Attack in Syria…Emergency UNSC Meeting Today

“At least 60 people have been killed in northern Syria after being exposed to a toxic gas that survivors said was dropped from warplanes, an attack that sparked comparisons to the most infamous act of the country’s six-year war. At least another 100 people were being treated in hospitals in Idlib province, where the strike took place at dawn on Tuesday. Several dozen others were transferred to Turkey, some in critical condition. Condemnation mounted throughout Tuesday as the US, Britain and EU blamed the Syrian government for the carnage, hours before the start of a donor conference on Syria in Brussels.” (Guardian

Trump pulls the plug on UNFPA funding...The State Department officially cut off funding to a United Nations agency that works on maternal and reproductive health, a policy shift experts and activists say will be a major blow to women worldwide. Undersecretary for Political Affairs Thomas J. Shannon said in a policy document obtained by BuzzFeed News that UNFPA “supports, or participates in the management of, a program of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization” in China. Such support would be a violation of the 1985 Kemp-Kasten Amendment, the document says. (BuzzFeed

More on that…Trump Just Made Giving Birth Much Riskier for Millions of Moms Around the World…For *Literally* No Good Reason (UN Dispatch