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China's 40-day Spring Festival began this morning, setting off a travel rush.
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BLAST HITS EAST LEBANON
At least five people were killed and 42 wounded as a car bomb exploded this morning in Hermel, a Hezbollah bastion in eastern Lebanon near the border with Syria, The Daily Star reports. The blast, which appears to have been the work of a suicide bomber, occurred as the trial in absentia of four Hezbollah members accused of the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 2005 opened in The Hague, Netherlands.

EGYPTIANS BACK NEW CONSTITUTION
Voters in Egypt overwhelmingly backed the proposed constitution, which won over 90% approval, state media and government officials have said. The result, which might pave the way for General al-Sissi to run for president is hardly surprising since the Muslim Brotherhood called on its supporters to boycott the referendum. The turnout is nonetheless thought to be higher than in previous elections, at 55%. Read the full story from Reuters.

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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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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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