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After mass protests, Poland govt won't back abortion ban

It looks like they've been heard, because on Wednesday, Senate speaker Stanislaw Karczewski has said that the upper house of parliament would not initiate work on the bill that would make the abortion ban law. There were also counter protests Monday, with people attending special Masses devoted to the legislative proposal. While it was hard to gauge participation in small towns and rural area, which tend to be conservative, participation in the cities appeared to be significant on Monday ...

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Polish government signals U-turn on total abortion ban

After the protests , though, Karczewski said at a briefing (Polish) the plan would be halted, and that the senate instead will wait for the results of the review of the citizen's proposal by the lower chamber of parliament. And prime minister Beata Szydlo says the Law and Justice party "is not working" on the ban, NPR reports . Mariusz Dzierzawski of Stop Abortion , the group that initiated the petition and proposal, was not optimistic about the law's chances either.

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Potential U-turn signalled for Polish abortion ban

In late September, the lower house of parliament voted 267-154 to ban abortion in all cases except for risk to the mother's life. The abrupt dismissal of the law came just ahead of a European Parliament debate on women's rights in Poland scheduled for Wednesday evening.

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Security Council agrees on Portugal's Guterres next UN chief

Christiana Figueres of Costa Rica, the United Nations official who played a key role in shaping last December's historic agreement to fight climate change and one of three candidates who dropped out of the race, tweeted: "Bittersweet results #NextSG ".

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France's Ayrault says Russian cynicism on Syria fools nobody

Syria's military command says it will scale back its bombardment of Aleppo to allow civilians to evacuate the contested city's eastern, rebel-held neighborhoods. The Aleppo offensive has sparked some of the most brutal violence of a war which has killed more than 300,000 people since 2011 and displaced over half the population.

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First Presidential Debate Breaks Twitter Record

The new poll sponsored by two Florida Fox TV stations showed a was a dead-heat with Clinton measuring in at 46.6 percent and Trump barely behind her at 46.3 percent. Throughout his outsider presidential bid, Trump has refused to deviate from a strategy hinged on an ambitious travel schedule packed with massive rallies that draw overwhelmingly white crowds.

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Hillary Clinton surges ahead of Trump in first polls after debate

Tom Sutton, political science professor at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, said Trump started solid with criticism of NAFTA and plans for trade agreements, but his weaknesses were prominent later when asked about his past questioning whether President Barack Obama was born in the United States.

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Polish Women strike; protest proposed abortion ban

A petition gathered over 450,000 signatures and thousands of men and women wore black and took part in a nation-wide strike to protest against the government's intentions. The Guardian calls the Law and Justice party's sudden rejection of the proposed ban just weeks after recommending it "humiliating". Polish officials estimate that there are now more illegal abortions than legal ones in the country.

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Women in Poland strike to protest proposal for abortion ban

Polish Deputy Prime Minister Jaroslaw Gowin has said proposals put before parliament for a near-total ban on abortion will not be implemented. Also on Wednesday, Stanisław Karczewski, the Senate speaker, said Poland's upper house of parliament will not work on legislation that would further restrict abortion in the majority-Catholic country.

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Portugal's António Guterres emerges as favourite for next UN Secretary

U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power praised the "much more transparent process" of selecting a new United Nations chief and said Guterres' "breakthrough" was his performance in the General Assembly and his experience. "The fact that [Guterres] had no "discourage" meant that no one was against him, including no vetoes from any of those coloured ballots of the five members of the Security Council, and that meant that he is now the settled choice of the Security Council".

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United Nations expert: Syria aid convoy was hit by airstrike

It said civilians in rebel-held eastern Aleppo were being used as human shields and a reduced level of bombardment would allow people to leave for safer areas. Russian Federation has suspended an agreement with the United States on research cooperation in the nuclear and energy sectors, the latest move underlining worsening tensions between Washington and Moscow .

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Clinton leads Trump in Florida

Horowitz declined to designate a clear victor. After Monday's debate, Trump intimated that his decision not to bring up Bill Clinton's history of infidelities at the debate was a result of his generous character and respect for the Clinton family, especially Chelsea.

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Clinton gets modest bounce after debate with Trump, poll shows

So, did she have a surge? Back in 2012 when challenger Mitt Romney was seen as the landslide victor in his first debate with President Obama, the republican nominee shaved 4. But even then, in such a fast-changing campaign, it might only be a brief flashpoint before the next presidential debate on October 9. The first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump at Hofstra University in Hemptead, N.Y.is in the books and the September 26 event watched by more than 83 ...

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Who is the new UN secretary general Antonio Guterres?

Before serving at the U.N., Guterres rose to the head of Socialist Party in Portugal and became the nation's prime minister in 1995. Guterres escaped the vetoes and received more than the minimum 9 votes needed to prevail. But before Guterres worked for the United Nations, he served as the president of Socialist International (SI), a global network of national socialist parties seeking to establish "democratic socialism" around the world.

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UN releases images of damage in Syria's Aleppo

Syria's military said it will reduce airstrikes and artillery fire on rebel-controlled areas in the eastern districts of Aleppo to allow civilians to evacuate safely. Tensions have surged between the two powers after Washington suspended talks on a ceasefire in Syria over Moscow's continuing bombing campaign in support of President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

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Portugal's Guterres poised to be next UN Secretary

Mr Guterres, who ran the United Nations refugee agency for 10 years, had been the clear front-runner, and was apparently the unanimous choice of the otherwise deeply divided Security Council. The former World Bank vice president received eight negative votes including two from veto-holding members, five positive votes including two from the permanent council members and two " no opinion ".

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Chiefs head into week off reeking of loss to Steelers

WR Antonio Brown expected nothing less from Bell. His feet jitterbugging through the Kansas City Chiefs defense with alarming ease, Bell rolled up 178 yards of total offense in a 43-14 romp on Sunday night that showcased just how unsafe the Steelers can look when all of their remarkably talented parts are on the field at the same time.

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Haiti's southwest hunkers down in night of fury from Matthew

He says heavy rain , spin off tornadoes, high winds and beach erosion are among the concerns in Florida. Projections from the National Hurricane Center show that the storm is expected to be off the SC coast early Saturday with maximum winds of about 100 miles per hour.

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Vancouver home sales fall 32.6% y/y in September

The number is more dramatic when you look at detached home sales: just 666 homes were sold in September, a decrease of 47.6 per cent compared to September 2015. And in West Vancouver, September sales were at its lowest since 2008. The benchmark home price in the region sits at $931,000, which is up 28.9 per cent compared to a year ago, but down 0.1 per cent since August.

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South Carolina bracing for Hurricane Matthew

Pat McCrory said he urged residents in the central and eastern parts of the state to prepare for Matthew by gathering emergency supplies, discuss emergency plans and following local media. Florida's home game with LSU scheduled for 12 p.m. Saturday is the other game that could have weather issues due to the hurricane. "Whatever happens, happens", Muschamp said.

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Royals take fishing trip, paddle replica war canoe in Canada

Sun and royal waves are coming to Haida Gwaii on Friday. - The couple visits the Haida Heritage Centre and Museum . Accompanied by 10 warrior paddlers, three community leaders, and two Scotland Yard bodyguards, William and Kate - in a Smythe jacket, blouse by Somerset by Temperley, and Zara jeans - paddled for around 20 minutes from a jetty around to a beach and heritage centre at Skidegate on Graham Island, one of 150 islands in the chain.

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Biden rips Trump over remarks about veterans

It's been reported by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that based on available data, approximately 20 veterans commit suicide each day in the United States. He is now a USA senator. Donald Trump was in Melbourne last week. "I like people who weren't captured", he said . It highlighted several subject areas that Trump has focused on: For example, it says the average salary of a Veterans Affairs registered nurse is approximately $75,000 or $100,000 with benefits and leave.

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New Jersey homes destroyed in blast after gas smell report

It's not clear if anyone has been injured. Paterson City Councilman Andre Sayegh praised firefighters, and residents for quickly contacting the fire department, saying, "Some people lost homes but they didn't lose lives, and that's all that matters now".

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Congress says Nirupam's take on strikes not the party line

He, however, also requested the Centre to "unmask Pakistan's propaganda". He also said it is upto the government to prove that the surgical strikes did take place. "In the past, these decisions were taken by the Army", he said. On Wednesday night last week, Indian carried our surgical strikes across the LOC and destroyed seven launching pads.

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UK prime minister says Britain will launch Brexit next year

Mrs May, who had previously only said she would not trigger Article 50 this year, ended speculation about the government's timetable, telling the BBC earlier that it would be done by "the first quarter of 2017", marking the start of a two-year exit process.