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Poland’s almost total ban on abortions triggers protests across the country.

Poland’s Supreme Court on Thursday banned abortions due to birth defects, a ruling that further narrows the reproductive rights of a country with some of the most conservative abortion laws in Europe. On Friday, protesters took to the streets and clashed with police in several major cities across Poland to demonstrate against what advocates of reproductive rights are actually an …

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Countries are struggling with rising virus cases as the WHO sees ‘exponential’ increase

A number of countries tightened anti-coronavirus measures on Saturday, with France extending a curfew and Belgium making its own, with Germany’s death toll exceeding 10,000 and the United States reporting 80,000 infections in a single day. In the Belgian capital Brussels, authorities lifted their curfew by an hour, and in Poland, President Andrzej Duda tested positive for Covid-19. The World …

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France reacts after Erdogan questions Macron’s mental health

PARIS (AP) – France recalled its ambassador to Turkey for consultations after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said President Emmanuel Macron needed mental health treatment and made other comments that the French government described as unacceptably rude. Erdogan questioned the mental state of his French counterpart while criticizing Macron’s attitude towards Islam and Muslims. His remarks at a local party …

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Venezuela’s opposition figure, long confined, is fleeing the country

Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López fled the country on Saturday after spending the past six years in prison, house arrest and diplomatic asylum, his political party said. Sir. López, 49, is on his way to an unknown international destination after leaving the Spanish embassy in Caracas, according to his political party and Spain’s foreign ministry. He had sought refuge in …

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Contaminated water from the Fukushima nuclear power plant could affect human DNA if released: Greenpeace

The environmental rights organization Greenpeace warned that if contaminated water stored at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan is released into the sea, the hazardous material could potentially damage human DNA. Greenpeace said the 1.23 tonnes of water stored at the plant contain high levels of radioactive carbon, known as carbon-14, and tritium, which can disrupt human DNA …

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Opposition activist leaves embassy paradise to flee Venezuela

MEDELLIN, Colombia (AP) – Prominent opposition activist Leopoldo López has left the Spanish ambassador’s residence in Caracas and left Venezuela after years of frustrated efforts to oust the nation’s socialist president, his party said on Saturday. The 49-year-old former mayor of the Caracas area has been locked in the ambassador’s residence since a failed military uprising he led in April …

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France recalls ambassador to Ankara after Erdogan’s comment

Photographer: Adem Altan / AFP via Getty Images Photographer: Adem Altan / AFP via Getty Images France recalls its ambassador to Ankara after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized Emmanuel Macron’s policies towards Islam, saying the French president needed “mental treatment”. Such “excessive” and “grossness” on Erdogan’s part is “unacceptable,” Macron’s Elysee office said in a statement Saturday, noting that …

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Opposition leader flees Venezuela – WSJ

BOGOTA, Colombia – Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López, a former political prisoner and prominent leader of the movement to overthrow President Nicolás Maduro’s authoritarian regime, has fled Venezuela, opposition officials said on Saturday. The 49-year-old, a mentor to U.S.-backed opposition leader Juan Guaidó and a channel for U.S. officials seeking to remove Mr. Maduro, out of power, had been greeted …

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