Religious Groups in Mexico Against Decriminalization of Abortion

Mexico’s Supreme Court decision on abortion has sparked a protracted controversy in the country. Last September Supreme Court justices unanimously ruled that criminalizing abortion was unconstitutional. The decision was a major victory for advocates for women’s health and human rights. The Supreme Court decision in the world’s second-largest Roman Catholic …

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WTO Improves Global Trade Forecast

A resurgence of global economic activity in the first half of 2021 pushed trade in goods beyond its levels at the height of the pandemic. This led World Trade Organization (WTO) economists to increase their forecasts for global trade in 2021 and 2022, the AP news agency reported. Speaking to …

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Russia Tests Hypersonic Missile From Submarine

Russia said Monday it had launched a new hypersonic cruise missile from a submarine, the latest test of new weapons that President Vladimir Putin has lauded as “invincible”. Moscow has in recent years touted the development of weapons it hopes will give it an edge in the arms race with …

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Tracker: Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp Experiencing Blackout

Major social media services, including Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, suffered a massive outage Monday that could potentially impact tens of millions of users, the tracking site said. The Downdetector outage tracker showed outages in densely populated areas such as Washington and Paris, with problems reported at around 15:45 GMT or …

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Sri Mulyani Hopes the Use of NIK for TIN can be Effective

JAKARTA – Finance Minister Sri Mulyani said the Draft Law (RUU) on the Harmonization of Tax Regulations (RUU HPP) was under discussion. One of the points regulated in this bill is the transformation of NIK as a Taxpayer Identification Number (NPWP) for individual taxpayers. Sri Mulyani hopes that the transformation …

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Myanmar Junta Bans ASEAN Special Envoy from Meeting Suu Kyi

JAKARTA – ASEAN foreign ministers (AMM) recently held a virtual meeting that specifically discussed the implementation of the five points of consensus produced by ASEAN leaders at the meeting in Jakarta at the end of last April. During the meeting, the ASEAN Special Envoy for Myanmar as well as the …

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New Zealand abandons its COVID-19 eradication strategy

New Zealand abandons its COVID-19 eradication strategy. PM Jacinda Ardern said Monday, “This is a change in approach that we will always take from time to time. The Delta (variant coronavirus) outbreak has accelerated this transition. Vaccines will support it.” The inclusion of the highly contagious Delta variant makes it …

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