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Supreme Court will not block Texas abortion law

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that it would not block Texas’ HB2, which opponents argue would severely hinder reproductive freedom on the state. The Associated Press reported that the high court voted 5-4 not to reinstate an injunction against a state requirement that doctors who perform abortions at…

U.S. probes Tesla vehicle fires as company vows ‘full investigation’

A US government agency said Tuesday it was investigating fires in Tesla electric vehicles, as the company ordered modifications aimed at reducing what it called a negligible risk. The move by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration came after Tesla requested such a probe, saying it wanted to quash any…

Texas women released from prison after ‘junk science’ assault convictions

The last three of the Texas women known as the “San Antonio 4″ were released from prison on Monday, 15 years after being convicted of sexual assault based on “junk science” surrounding the behavior of gay women. Reuters reported that Kristie Mayhugh, Elizabeth Ramírez and Cassandra Rivera were released on…

Saudi Arabia deports 60,000 immigrants in government crackdown

Saudi Arabia has deported more than 60,000 illegal foreign workers in a crackdown over the past fortnight and more are to follow, Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef said Tuesday. Police have rounded up tens of thousands of people for deportation since an amnesty for foreign workers to regularise their…

Venezuela gives Maduro power to rule by decree for a year

Venezuela’s National Assembly on Tuesday gave President Nicolas Maduro wide-ranging special powers to rule by decree for one year. The socialist president of the OPEC member state says he needs the greater personal power as his government struggles with soaring inflation and shortages of basic goods. Maduro requested the special…

Botswana bans fracking in Kalahari Game Reserve

Botswana’s government Tuesday said environmental protection was key in its search for natural gas, rejecting claims that fracking was already under way in the country’s top wildlife park. “There are currently no fracking operations going on in the country except exploration drilling by various exploration companies,” said a statement from…

African fruit bat found to carry a double virus risk

A large fruit bat that ranges over most of sub-Saharan Africa carries two animal viruses that pose a potential infection risk for humans, scientists said Tuesday. Bats are a known source for animal viruses, including the deadly Ebola virus, that have leapt the species barrier to other mammals. In a…

Florida tea party lawmaker busted on cocaine charge voted to require drug tests for food stamp recipients

Freshman Tea Party Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL) will appear in court on Wednesday to face charges of cocaine possession, Politico reported. The 37-year-old former journalist could be fined up to $1,000 and faces a maximum of 180 days in jail if found guilty. He was arrested on Oct. 29 and…

NATO tech expert gets seven-year jail sentence for data theft

A German court Tuesday sentenced a former NATO employee to seven years in jail for spying after the IT expert copied secret data in order to sell it to a foreign intelligence service. The 61-year-old man, identified only as Manfred K., had worked for the transatlantic military alliance at the…

Facebook recognises Kosovo as independent state

The world’s largest social network Facebook has listed Kosovo as a country more than five years after the breakaway territory proclaimed independence from Serbia, officials said Tuesday. “Facebook recognises Kosovo as a state,” Minister for EU Integration Vlora Citaku wrote on Twitter. And Prime Minister Hashim Thaci said in a…

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