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  • Argentina: no to abortion


    On 9 August, the Argentine Senate rejected a bill which would have legalised abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy.

    After a marathon debate, 38 senators voted against it and 31 in favour. Its defeat means lawmakers must wait until next year to resubmit legislation. Some pro-choice campaigners started fires and lobbed missiles at police in Buenos Aires after the vote. Demonstrators on both sides of the debate had rallied outside parliament as voting took place.

  • CAR: politics not faith

    World Watch Monitor

    The three top faith leaders of the Central African Republic, who have won international recognition for efforts to end its conflict, pledged in late August to work with Russians in order to foster reconciliation in CAR.

    At a meeting organised by Valery Zakharov, a Russian diplomat and security advisor to CAR’s President, the men, one from the CAR Evangelical Alliance, another from the Catholic Church and an Imam, reiterated that CAR’s crisis is not primarily an interfaith clash, but is a political power struggle.