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Bodies of protesters killed Thursday morning in central Kiev
Bodies of protesters killed Thursday morning in central Kiev

CLASHES RESUME IN KIEV DESPITE TRUCE
Deadly fights between the police and people occupying Kiev’s Independence Square resumed this morning despite the truce announced last night by the government and opposition leaders, who were supposed to meet this morning to negotiate a peaceful solution to the crisis. Reports about the number of new deaths vary from 10 to 35, with over 500 injured.

  • There are conflicting reports about which side reignited the violence. According to The Kyiv Post, “Police threw Molotov cocktails into the opposition-occupied Music Conservatory to start it on fire,” while police snipers were allegedly spotted on the roofs of surrounding buildings. But Reuters quotes President Viktor Yanukovych’s office as saying that the protesters launched the offensive. “They are working in organized groups. They are using firearms, including sniper rifles. They are shooting to kill,” the statement said. The Kyiv Post’s live blog also shows pictures of policemen captured by the crowd, while a correspondent for Vice magazine says protesters were spitting on the officers.

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End Of Roe v. Wade, The World Is Watching

As the Supreme Court decides to overturn the 1973 decision that guaranteed abortion rights, many fear an imminent threat to abortion rights in the U.S. But in other countries, the global fight for sexual and reproductive rights is going in different directions.

"Don't abort my right" At 2019 pro-choice march In Toulouse, France.

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Hannah Steinkopf-Frank and Sophia Constantino

PARIS — Nearly 50 years after it ensured the right to abortion to Americans, the United States Supreme Court overturned the Roe v. Wade case, meaning that millions of women in the U.S. may lose their constitutional right to abortion.

The groundbreaking decision is likely to set off a range of restrictions on abortion access in multiple states in the U.S., half of which are expected to implement new bans on the procedure. Thirteen have already passed "trigger laws" that will automatically make abortion illegal.

U.S. President Joe Biden called the ruling "a tragic error" and urged individual states to enact laws to allow the procedure.

In a country divided on such a polarizing topic, the decision is likely to cause major shifts in American law and undoubtedly spark outrage among the country’s pro-choice groups. Yet the impact of such a momentous shift, like others in the United States, is also likely to reverberate around the world — and perhaps, eventually, back again in the 50 States.

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