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The most dangerous place on Earth for women

Women and girls in Gaza are suffering from unprecedented levels of violence, a new report says. Tennessee is cleaning up after a string of deadly tornadoes. And a pregnant Texas woman left the state after being blocked from getting an abortion.

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Gaza is the most dangerous place on Earth for women

Israel's military campaign in Gaza has turned the enclave into the most dangerous place in the world for women, according to the advocacy group ActionAid International. "Women and girls in Gaza are suffering from unprecedented levels of violence during the Israeli military escalation," a report by the organization said. Health officials in Gaza have estimated the total Palestinian death toll at about 18,000 and say about 70% are women and children. ActionAid says women and girls are being killed and injured at "horrific" rates, denied their basic rights to food, water and health care on a daily basis, and exposed to psychological stress and trauma after two months of "living in terror."

👉 More updates: Israel blames UN for slow aid distribution.

Trucks carrying humanitarian aid are seen near the Rafah border crossing with Egypt in the southern Gaza Strip on December 10, 2023.
Trucks carrying humanitarian aid are seen near the Rafah border crossing with Egypt in the southern Gaza Strip on December 10, 2023.

High winds, flood warnings in Northeast as Tennessee cleans up

Areas across the Northeast remained under flood and high wind warnings Monday afternoon as a massive storm that rattled Tennessee with a string of deadly tornadoes over the weekend moved through the region.

  • What's happening: As a severe storm system moved through the area, forecasters said much more benign weather was expected in most of the East by Tuesday, though lake-effect snow will be a concern in some places. Thousands of people were without power in New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Maine on Monday as winds knocked down trees and power lines. Roads flooded by the barrage of rainfall or blocked by debris have caused backups, detours and street closures.

  • Tornadoes in Tennessee: The greater Nashville region was pummeled by an estimated 13 tornadoes late Saturday. Six people were killed, officials said. More than 15,000 people were still without power across the state as of Monday afternoon. ⛈️ See the full forecast here.

  • Wind speeds peaked at 150 mph in swarm of deadly Tennessee tornadoes.

A car is buried under rubble after a tornado hit Saturday in Hendersonville, Tennessee.
A car is buried under rubble after a tornado hit Saturday in Hendersonville, Tennessee.

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Texas woman leaves state after being blocked from abortion

A pregnant Texas woman seeking an abortion has left the state for the procedure after the state Supreme Court blocked her from receiving one, attorneys said Monday. Kate Cox, a mother of two from Dallas, is in her 21st week of pregnancy, and doctors have diagnosed her fetus with a fatal birth defect. They recommended an abortion to preserve her reproductive health – a procedure largely prohibited by Texas law. A court granted Cox an injunction to temporarily block the abortion bans and allow her to terminate the pregnancy; within hours, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton appealed and the state Supreme Court paused the lower court's order, ultimately preventing Cox from seeking the procedure in Texas. 👉 Here's what to know about the case.

'Barbie' leads Golden Globe nominations 

After conquering the summer box office, "Barbenheimer" is staging an Oscar-season sequel – beginning at the Golden Globes. Monday, "Barbie" earned nine nominations, including best comedy or musical and best actress for star Margot Robbie, while atomic bomb biopic "Oppenheimer" scored best drama as part of its eight nominations at the Golden Globe Awards airing Jan. 7. Fresh off a National Board of Review win for best film, Martin Scorsese's crime epic "Killers of the Flower Moon" scored seven total nods and is contending for top drama. 🏆 See more nominations here.

Margot Robbie was nominated for a Golden Globe for best actress in a comedy or musical for her role in "Barbie."
Margot Robbie was nominated for a Golden Globe for best actress in a comedy or musical for her role in "Barbie."

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Israel-Hamas war, Texas abortion, Golden Globes: Monday's news