8.7.2023

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US Exits World Cup

The US women's national soccer team fell short in their bid for a third straight World Cup title, losing to Sweden on penalty kicks yesterday morning. It was the first loss for the US squad in the World Cup since 2011, who entered the tournament as the world's No. 1-ranked team. 

 

The deciding point came when Swedish forward Lisa Hurtig drilled a penalty kick that US goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher appeared to save (watch here)—but when replayed showed it went just over the line. The US had a number of chances to either score or close the game out, missing two shots in the first penalty round while putting 22 shots on goal compared to nine from Sweden during regular time. The final shot was confirmed by new ball-tracking technology, implemented in the women's World Cup for the first time this year. 

 

Sweden moves on to face Japan, who is riding a four-game winning streak after beating Norway 3-1 in the first stage of the knockout round. 

 

Postpartum Depression Pill

The Food and Drug Administration approved the world's first pill designed to treat postpartum depression, a development expected to ease treatment for a condition affecting roughly half a million women in the US every year. The drug requires approval from the Drug Enforcement Administration in the US, expected within 90 days. 

 

The pill, which will be marketed as Zurzuvae, consists of a synthetic version of a brain steroid that regulates stress. A recent study showed the treatment—designed to be taken once daily for two weeks—reduced symptoms by 55% (compared to 40% among a placebo group). 

 

Moderate to severe PPD afflicts one in eight pregnant women with symptoms including sustained periods of sadness, insomnia, fatigue, and more; serious cases have resulted in the mother physically harming herself or the newborn. Researchers claim one in four US maternal deaths—a rate that has increased in recent years—result from mental health issues

 

Read firsthand accounts of what PPD feels like here

 

Political Turmoil in Pakistan

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan was sentenced to three years in prison over the weekend after being found guilty of corruption charges. The decision is the latest in intensifying political tensions ahead of general elections tentatively scheduled for the fall. 

 

Khan, a former cricket star, entered the political arena in 2018 but almost immediately faced criticism over alleged corruption and economic issues plaguing the country. Opposition to Khan culminated in a 2022 no-confidence vote, during which Khan dissolved parliament in an ultimately failed bid to hold on to power. No prime minister has ever completed a full five-year term in the country's 75-year modern history. Khan remains popular, with a poll finding more than 60% of the population had a positive opinion of his leadership. 

 

The sentencing comes a week after a deadly bombing during a political rally in the northern part of the country, which left more than 60 people dead. Reports suggest the attack was part of the ongoing power struggle between ISIS and Taliban affiliate groups in the region. 

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> Simone Biles wins US Classic in first competition since Tokyo Summer Olympics two years ago; Biles is set to compete in the US championships Aug. 24-27 (More)

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Science & Technology

> FBI reportedly probing cyberattack that hit network of 16 hospitals and more than 166 outpatient clinics last week; group responsible has not been publicly identified (More)

> Scientists find link between immune cells in the gut and glaucoma; T cells were reprogrammed in the gut to produce a protein that allowed them to access the retina and cause nerve damage (More)

> Fossil remains uncovered in China suggest the possibility of a previously unknown ancient human ancestor, potentially a hybrid of Homo erectus and a yet-to-be-determined species (More) | Explore the human family tree (More)

 

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Politics & World Affairs

> Thirty killed and at least 100 injured after passenger train derails in southern Pakistan Sunday, rescue still ongoing; cause of crash unclear (More) | At least 24 riders killed after bus overturns at a curve in central Morocco Sunday (More

> West African bloc's deadline for Niger coup leaders to reinstate captured President Mohamed Bazoum passes, one week after bloc threatened military force; neighboring Nigeria's president calls for diplomacy (More) | Eleven Chinese and Russian warships conduct joint naval operation in international waters off Alaska's Aleutian Islands late last week (More

> Victim hit by car in Thursday's stabbing incident in South Korea dies; woman in her 60s reportedly brain-dead following attack (More)

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Historybook: Nobel Peace Prize winner Ralph Bunche born (1904); Actress Charlize Theron born (1975); Operation Desert Shield preps the US to enter Gulf War (1990); US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania are bombed, killing 224 and wounding 4,500 (1998); Journalist Peter Jennings dies (2005).

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