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What should I know about COVID-19 vaccines if I’m pregnant? AP Illustration/Peter Hamlin

What should I know about COVID-19 vaccines if I'm pregnant?

Jan. 14, 2021 3:53 AM EST

What should I know about COVID-19 vaccines if I’m pregnant? Vaccination is likely the best way to prevent COVID-19 in pregnancy, when risks for severe illness and death from the virus are higher than usual. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says COVID-19 vaccinations should not be...

A man walks by the display of the capital city's logo near the Seoul City Hall in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. The government of South Korea's capital is being criticized for a now-deleted online manual for pregnant women that contained sexist tips and gender stereotypes. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Seoul city criticized for sexist tips to pregnant women

Jan. 12, 2021 5:36 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The government of South Korea's capital is facing criticism for an online manual for pregnant women that contained sexist tips and gender stereotypes. The now-deleted guidelines, which were published on the website of Seoul’s “Pregnancy and Childbirth Information...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020 file photo, Valentina Frey of Switzerland breasts feed her daughter, Charlotte Katharina, in the Paul VI hall on the occasion of the weekly general audience at the Vatican. Pope Francis at the start of his audience mentioned her as an example of tenderness and beauty. Released on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020, the first U.S. government dietary guidelines for infants and toddlers recommend exclusive feeding of breast milk for at least six months and no added sugar for children under age 2. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

New US dietary guidelines: No candy, cake for kids under 2

Dec. 29, 2020 5:23 PM EST

Parents now have an extra reason to say no to candy, cake and ice cream for young children. The first U.S. government dietary guidelines for infants and toddlers, released Tuesday, recommend feeding only breast milk for at least six months and no added sugar for children under age 2. “It’s never too...

Tunisian coast guards stand next to the clovered dead bodies of migrants in the port of Sfax, central Tunisia, Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020. About 20 African migrants were found dead Thursday after their smuggling boat sank in the Mediterranean Sea while trying to reach Europe, Tunisian authorities said. Coast guard boats and local fishermen found and retrieved the bodies in the waters off the coastal city of Sfax in central Tunisia. (AP Photo/Houssem Zouari)

4 pregnant women among 20 migrants dead in Tunisia sinking

Dec. 25, 2020 11:50 AM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Four pregnant women were among 20 migrants whose bodies were found off Tunisia's coast after their smuggling boat sank, Tunisian authorities said Friday, as search efforts continued for 13 others believed missing. Nineteen of the 20 migrants who died in Thursday’s sinking were...

Lawsuit challenges Indiana laws on disposal of fetal remains

Dec. 22, 2020 5:11 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indianapolis abortion clinic is suing the state of Indiana, challenging provisions of a state law upheld last year by the U.S. Supreme Court requiring fetal remains to be buried or cremated after an abortion. The federal lawsuit, filed Monday, contends that requirement and other...

FILE - In this Monday, July 27, 2020 file photo, a nurse prepares a shot as a study of a possible COVID-19 vaccine, developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., gets underway in Binghamton, N.Y. On Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, a panel of independent experts is meeting to discuss a vaccine made by Moderna. The panel's review for the Food and Drug Administration is the next-to-last step before the agency decides whether the shots can be used on an emergency basis. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

FDA plans to OK 2nd COVID-19 vaccine after panel endorsement

Dec. 17, 2020 9:03 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Food and Drug Administration said late Thursday that his agency will move to quickly authorize the second COVID-19 vaccine to fight the pandemic, hours after the shot won the key endorsement of a government advisory panel. FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn said in a statement...

Marie poses for a portrait in Komao village outskirts of Koidu, district of Kono, Sierra Leone, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. The 16-year-old didn’t want to get married, but when her now-husband proposed, she and her family were struggling with the economic situation. For that reason she decided to get married. “Now we are together, so if he asks me to get pregnant, I will accept that”, she says. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Many African, Asian families marry off daughters amid virus

Dec. 14, 2020 3:44 PM EST

KOIDU, Sierra Leone (AP) — The man first caught a glimpse of Marie Kamara as she ran with her friends past his house near the village primary school. Soon after, he proposed to the fifth-grader. “I’m going to school now. I don’t want to get married and stay in the house,” she...