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State project on paragraph 219a: berlin as a model

State project on paragraph 219a: berlin as a model

Politicians from Lower Saxony and Bremen want to revise information about abortions. In doing so, they are taking their cue from Berlin.

Members of the Thuringian Women’s*Campaign Day Alliance protest against the abortion paragraph 219a before the opening of the 121st German Medical Congress Photo: dpa

Information on abortions must be placed on a new legal regime, in the view of the Bremen state women’s representative. "We need a reliable list of doctors who perform abortions," said Bettina Wilhelm. For this, she said, a corresponding addition to the Bremen Pregnancy Counseling Act is necessary – based on the Berlin model.

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Un against female circumcision: “violation of human rights”.

Un against female circumcision: “violation of human rights”.

The United Nations General Assembly adopts a comprehensive and global ban on female genital mutilation.

Awareness campaign in Egypt about female genital mutilation. Image: reuters

The United Nations has taken what is seen as a historic step towards an international outlawing of female genital mutilation. A UN General Assembly committee on Monday passed by acclamation a resolution calling on all states to take measures, up to and including a ban, to protect women and girls from "this form of violence" and end impunity for it.

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Nazi attack on synagogue in 2019: halle assailant tried to escape from custody

Nazi attack on synagogue in 2019: halle assailant tried to escape from custody

Stephan B. tried to attack the synagogue in Halle. Now he climbed over a wall in the correctional facility, but was caught again shortly afterwards.

Here still with police escort: the arrested Halle attacker Stephan B. in October 2019 Photo: Uli Deck/dpa

Halle bomber Stephan B. made a brief escape attempt. According to the Ministry of Justice of Saxony-Anhalt, he climbed over the fence of a recreation yard at Halle Prison on Pentecost Saturday. He then "moved around unsupervised inside the prison" for about five minutes. Then prison officials took him back into custody. Stephan B. did not offer any resistance.

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Commentary on property tax compromise: poor bavarians pay for rich ones

Commentary on property tax compromise: poor bavarians pay for rich ones

The dispute over property tax was silly because no tax increase was planned. Only millionaires benefit from Soder’s current arrangement.

Whether tenants in Munich or Villa Starnberger See – all Bavarians pay the same property tax Photo: dpa

The entire dispute about the property tax was completely silly. The CSU and businesses, in particular, spread the impression that the demise of Germany as a business location was imminent. But in fact, it was only about shifting 14 billion euros around a bit because the Federal Constitutional Court had rejected the old calculation method. No tax increase was planned.

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Polizeiruf 110: hard, harder, magdeburg

Polizeiruf 110: hard, harder, magdeburg

A twelve-year-old is beaten up and dies. What does the brother have to do with it? The current Polizeiruf does not spare scenes of violence.

Twelve-year-old Marko lies beaten up in the street Photo: MDR/Christine Schroeder

Recently, it was noted in this space how little television commissioners in this country give to polite phrases: please, thank you, such trifles. Similarly puzzling is the fact that in 90 percent of the cases, the commissioner does not end the questioning of suspects.

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Angry citizen column: parents of brats are plagues

Angry citizen column: parents of brats are plagues

There are places where only adults should enjoy themselves. But some people think they absolutely have to have their children with them everywhere.

Children can also have a lot of fun without adults. Picture: dpa

I could read on the cover of a cheap lifestyle magazine how immoderate the demands on families and especially on women are today. The editors claim that a career, a tight butt and raising children should be easy to manage with their 20 turbo tricks.

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Obituary of manuel antonio noriega: the man who played all pianos

Obituary of manuel antonio noriega: the man who played all pianos

The man who once defiantly stood up to the U.S. died in a humiliating house arrest in his native Panama.

Noriega long determined Panama’s fortunes Photo: ap

Manuel Antonio Noriega was once a close confidant of nationalist dictator Omar Torrijos, who wrested the Panama Canal from the U.S. in 1977. Thanks to successful intrigue, the longtime CIA liaison took over leadership of the National Guard three years after the popular general’s death, and thus de facto rule of the country. In 1984, he prevented the 83-year-old right-wing populist Arnulfo Arias from winning the election by openly pushing his candidate, the compliant economist Nicolas Ardito Barletta, into the presidential palace.

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