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Irish lawmakers to pass bill expanding access to abortion

Irish lawmakers are set to introduce abortion in limited cases where the mother’s life is at risk, when controversial new laws go to a final vote Wednesday night. The predominantly Catholic nation’s abortion laws faced global scrutiny after the death of 31-year-old Indian woman Savita Halappanavar in a Galway hospital…

Wikileaks founder takes case to Britain’s top court

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange took his 13-month fight againstextradition to Sweden to England’s highest court on Wednesday. Seven judges are hearing the 40-year-old Australian’s appeal over two days at the Supreme Court and are not expected to return their judgement for several weeks. Assange, who has been living on bail under virtual house arrest while awaiting the outcome of…