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Appeals court OKs tossing strict North Dakota abortion law

Appeals court affirms tossing North Dakota law that bans abortion if fetal heartbeat detected
The Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. - A federal appeals court has affirmed a ruling that struck down a North Dakota law banning abortions when a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can be as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld the decision last year of a federal judge who ruled the law was unconstitutional. Abortion rights supporters have called it the most restrictive abortion law in the country.

Pakistan fires defence minister, escalating crisis

Pakistan fires defence minister, army warns of turmoil as crisis escalates
Chris Brummitt,Zarar Khan, The Associated Press

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan's government fired the defence secretary Wednesday and the army warned of "grievous consequences" for the country, escalating a political and legal crisis that some believe could end in the dismissal of government.

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