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Nicaragua Abortion Law Leaves Women and Doctors With No Options

Abortions were already illegal in Nicaragua, but today a law passed removing an exception in the previous law, which allowed a woman to obtain an abortion legally with the approval of three doctors who confirmed that the woman’s life was in danger.  Many conservatives in government advocated 30-year prison terms for women who terminate their pregnancies and the doctors who perform the abortions, but the stricter prison terms did not pass. Currently the punishment is a six-year prison term.  An estimated 32,000 illegal abortions are performed in Nicaragua each year.

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Human Rights Watch: Hussein Trial ‘Flawed and Unsound’

Still wondering whether the trial of Saddam Hussein might have been a miscarriage of justice? Take a look at the HRW report (pdf) and make up your mind. Hussein’s chief defense lawyer, Khalil al-Dulami, recently complained to the BBC that he has been prevented from filing appeal papers.

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Kerry Limps On

John Kerry told Fox News he’s still considering a run for the presidency, despite the fiasco over his now-infamous botched joke: “The people that I have talked to across the country, my team’s confident and strong.”

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With Friends Like These…

President Bush has been hemorrhaging allies recently, with Republicans upset over the loss of Congress and the neoconservative architects of the war scrambling to point fingers as Iraq spirals further and further into chaos.
UPDATE: Even Henry Kissinger says Iraq can’t be won militarily.

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Palestinians Form Human Shield

Israeli forces called off an air strike on a Palestinian militant’s home after hundreds of people formed a human shield around the building.  Militant leaders, impressed by the success of the tactic, have ordered it to be emulated throughout Gaza.

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A Swamp of Their Own

Democrats in Congress are split over proposed anti-corruption legislation that would limit lobbyists’ access to lawmakers.  Critics say the law doesn’t go far enough to address “earmarks” and campaign finance problems, and argue that an independent watchdog should be formed to enforce the rules.

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Holocaust Archive Tells a Fuller Story

The International Tracing Service, an arm of the Red Cross that houses 16 miles of floor-to-ceiling files related to the Holocaust, is slowly granting access after half a century of silence.

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Blair Backpedals Over Iraq ‘Disaster’ Remark

After Tony Blair agreed with an interviewer that the violence in Iraq since invasion has been a “disaster,” his representatives on Downing Street insisted that the prime minister was simply being polite.

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Robot Army in the Holy Land

The Israeli army, frustrated over the ineffectiveness of sending “a plane worth $100 million against a suicidal terrorist,” is developing futuristic weapons, including a “bionic hornet” capable of photographing and assassinating a target. (h/t: Engadget)

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New Passport Security Chips Easily Crackable

The new microchips slated for use in new U.S. passports are tantamount to “installing a solid steel front door to your house and then putting the key under the mat,” in the words of one computer expert who hacked the chips.

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