Abortion bill passes
Lawmakers have overwhelmingly voted to back Ireland’s first bill on abortion, legalizing the practice in exceptional cases where doctors deem the woman’s life at risk from her pregnancy. Exhausted legislators applauded today’s 127-31 vote. It capped a marathon debate that locked lawmakers in argument until 5 a.m. Thursday and, after a pause for sleep, through midnight today.
31 killed in attacks
Insurgents in Iraq launched two days of bloody assaults at the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan that killed at least 31 people, most of them members of the security forces serving in restive Sunni-dominated areas, authorities said Thursday. The killings are the latest in a wave of bloodshed that has claimed the lives of more than 2,600 people since the start of April.
‘Dead’ man wins vote
Prosecutors are investigating how a man certified as dead got elected mayor of a village in southern Mexico. Authorities say relatives of Lenin Carballido used a death certificate showing that he died of a diabetic coma in 2010 to convince police to drop an arrest warrant against him for allegedly participating in a 2004 gang rape. A living Carballido later ran in, and narrowly won, Sunday’s election in San Agustin Amatengo in Oaxaca state.
Pope inspects car fleet
Pope Francis is following up on his call for priests to eschew fancy cars. A Vatican official says the 76-year-old pope visited the Vatican garage where the city state’s fleet of cars is housed to see if they met his “humble” standards. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the impromptu visit Thursday followed Francis’ comments over the weekend in which he said it “hurts my heart when I see a priest with the latest model car.” He urged priests to use “more humble ones” and dedicate the savings to the poor.
Compiled from wire reports.