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Myanmar

  • Myanmar discovers it has only 51 million people
    YANGON, Myanmar – Myanmar has discovered it has only 51 million people – far less than the previously estimated 60 million.
  • Dethroned Myanmar beauty queen takes crown
    A Myanmar beauty queen who was stripped of her title for allegedly being rude and dishonest has run off with the $100,000 jeweled crown, a South Korea-based pageant said Friday.
  • Sweeping on Shwedagon: An act of merit
    Every evening, more than a dozen men and women walk in a tight row in front of Myanmar’s most revered Buddhist pagoda, sweeping the vast marble terrace in unison in hopes of keeping it clean for barefoot pilgrims.
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Judge blocks new Wisconsin abortion law

MADISON, Wis. — A federal judge has granted a temporary restraining order blocking enforcement of a new Wisconsin law that bans doctors who lack admitting privileges at nearby hospitals from performing abortions.

U.S. District Judge William Conley granted the hold Monday evening after a hearing earlier in the day. The restraining order will remain in place pending a fuller hearing July 17.

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin and Affiliated Medical Services filed a lawsuit Friday. It alleged that the requirement would unconstitutionally restrict the availability of abortions in the state, violates the U.S. Constitution's due process guarantee and unconstitutionally treats doctors who perform abortions differently from those who perform other procedures.

The bill was introduced in the Legislature on June 4, passed nine days later and signed into law Friday by Gov. Scott Walker.

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