Light-up nation

ISRAEL’S right-wing government is adamantly opposed to the legalisation of cannabis for recreational use. But it is also rather lax when it comes to medical marijuana. The health ministry is currently licensing a new list of 100 or so doctors who will be allowed to prescribe the drug for a growing list of medical conditions, and is allowing regular pharmacists to stock it

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Tightening the noose

HARASSED by sniper fire and slowed down by the suicide bombers of Islamic State (IS), Kurdish and Iraqi forces have taken heavy casualties as they fight their way towards Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city and the place where the jihadists first announced the creation of their “caliphate” two years ago. Villages freshly captured by the Iraqi army and Shia militias on the roads leading to Mosul show signs of the jihadists’ hasty retreat. Weapon caches are abandoned, pots of uneaten food still sit on stoves and medical clinics have been pilfered for supplies

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Sierra Leone: Over a Million Children Targeted for Free Polio Vaccination

[Concord] Programme Manager of the Expanded Programme on Immunisation in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation yesterday revealed that over 1.5million children between 0 and 59 months would be targeted for free Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV).

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Africa: Let’s Talk About Intersex

[OSISA] Today, being Intersex Awareness Day, OSISA shines a light on this issue along with our partners and other advocates across the globe. In recent years, awareness within the LGBTI and trans movements in our region has grown significantly, and a number of our partners are hosting events observing this day: – In South Africa, Iranti-org and Gender DynamiX have events in Johannesburg and Cape Town respectively; LEGABIBO in Gaborone, Botswana; Positive Vibes in Windhoek, Namibia; People’s Matrix Association in M

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