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Photo Illustration: Budrul Chukrut/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Chinese-owned short video platform TikTok said Thursday it is donating $250 million to the coronavirus relief effort and offer more than $100 million in additional advertising credits.

The big picture: TikTok is the latest tech company to offer aid, with a significant portion of its donation coming in the form of cash.

The donations include:

  • $150 million in funds for medical staffing, supplies, and hardship relief for health care workers. 
  • $40 million in cash to local organizations that serve groups of musicians, artists, nurses, educators, and families that have come together on the platform.
  • $50 million in grants to educators, professional experts, and nonprofits who use the service to share educational information and useful course material in an accessible, distance learning format.
  • $100 million in ad credits to help small and midsize businesses get back on their feet once they can resume business.
  • $25 million in ad credits for non-governmental organizations, trusted health sources, and local authorities.

"We are committed to playing our part in that global outpouring of mutual support and giving," TikTok President Alex Zhu said in a blog post. "We want to magnify all we are seeing across our community and translate it into concrete relief for those most affected by this crisis."

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Ohio sues Biden admin over reversal of Trump-era abortion referral ban

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Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration Monday over a Trump-era ban on abortion referrals that President Biden overturned earlier this month.

The big picture: The lawsuit aims to reinstate two measures included in the 2019 legislation that required federally funded family planning clinics to be "financially independent of abortion clinics," and refrain from referring patients for abortions.

Oklahoma Supreme Court temporarily blocks abortion restrictions

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The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Monday temporarily blocked three abortion restrictions set to take effect on Nov. 1.

Why it matters: The laws would place new limits on medication-induced abortions and require doctors who perform abortions to attain board certification in obstetrics and gynecology.

U.S. freezes aid to Sudan over military coup

Protesting the coup in Khartoum. Photo: AFP via Getty

The Biden administration froze a $700 million aid package to Sudan after a military coup on Monday threatened to end the country's transition toward democracy.

Driving the news: At least three protesters have been killed and dozens wounded in the chaotic scenes that followed the announcements from Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the head of Sudan's ruling council, dissolving the government and declaring a state of emergency.

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