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Latest update : 2013-01-24

Mississippi pro-life supporters rebel against US abortion laws

This week marks 40 years since of the landmark Roe V. Wade decision by the US Supreme Court, which enshrined abortion as a constitutional right and legalised the practice at a federal level. Nearly half a century later, self-proclaimed pro-life movements have become one of America’s strongest pressure groups. In Mississippi, a coalition of pro-life militants and local conservatives are trying to make their state "abortion-free" by forcing pregnancy termination clinics to close, one by one.

By Doug Hanks , Hélène Grégoire

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2017-05-23 Asia-pacific

A lifeline for women facing domestic violence in Pakistan

In Pakistan, the government of Punjab province has announced it will open 36 centres to protect women who are victims of violence. It's a first in a country considered to be one...

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2017-05-22 health

'Healing viruses' offer hope in fight against 'superbugs'

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2017-05-19 Asia-pacific

India's ambitious plan to get its rail network back on track

Stretching over 70,000 miles, India boasts one of the largest rail networks in the world. But it's also the deadliest. Thousands of people die every year in train accidents in...

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2017-05-18 Middle East

Video: Social inequality on the rise in Tehran

More than 56 million Iranians are eligible to vote in Friday's presidential election. Four candidates are vying for the top job, including incumbent Hassan Rouhani and hardliner...

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2017-05-17 Europe

Spain: 'Stolen babies' scandal finally goes to trial

In Spain, tens of thousands of babies were stolen from their parents under the Franco dictatorship and as late as the 1990s. The infants were sold to people who had difficulty...

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