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Brunei Invokes Laws Allowing Stoning for Gay Sex, Adultery

Brunei Invokes Laws Allowing Stoning for Gay Sex, Adultery

SINGAPORE (AP) — New Islamic criminal laws that took effect in Brunei on Wednesday, punishing gay sex and adultery by stoning offenders to death, have triggered an outcry from countries, rights groups and celebrities far beyond the tiny Southeast Asian nation’s shores. The penalties were provided for under new sections of Brunei’s Shariah Penal Code.…

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New Zealand Lawmakers Pass Initial Vote for New Gun Controls

New Zealand Lawmakers Pass Initial Vote for New Gun Controls

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand lawmakers on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly in favor of new gun restrictions during the first stage of a bill they hope to rush into law by the end of next week. The bill would ban the types of weapons a gunman used to kill 50 people at two mosques…

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Despite Setbacks, Hamas’ Grip on Gaza Has Never Been Tighter

Despite Setbacks, Hamas’ Grip on Gaza Has Never Been Tighter

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Over the weekend, Gaza’s Hamas rulers marked a year of bloody, weekly protests that have failed to break the Israeli blockade. Rocket attacks brought a wave of Israeli airstrikes and unprecedented protests broke out against the Islamic militants’ increasingly unpopular rule. And yet Hamas’ control over Gaza is tighter…

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China to Regulate All Fentanyl Drugs as Controlled Substance

China to Regulate All Fentanyl Drugs as Controlled Substance

BEIJING, CHINA (AP) — China said Monday it would begin regulating all fentanyl-related drugs as a class of controlled substances, in a change U.S. officials had long advocated as a way to stem the flow of lethal opioids from China. The sweeping change in the way China regulates drugs that mimic fentanyl takes effect May…

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Heartbeat Abortion Ban Heads To Georgia Governor’s Desk

Heartbeat Abortion Ban Heads To Georgia Governor’s Desk

‘By BEN NADLER Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Watchful eyes now turn to Georgia’s Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, wondering when he might sign a “heartbeat” abortion ban that he supported and helped push through. The Georgia House gave final approval Friday to legislation outlawing abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, sending the bill…

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