Wisconsin

Another setback for state abortion law

A federal appeals court Monday agreed with a trial court judge's finding that a 2013 Wisconsin law requiring doctors who perform abortions to have hospital admitting privileges is unconstitutional. The ruling is the latest setback for the law, which has been blocked by court rulings since soon after it was signed by Gov. Scott Walker. The Supreme Court has already agreed to take a case over a similar law in Texas.

Texas

State wants more time in immigration appeal

Texas has asked the U.S. Supreme Court for a scheduling change that could determine whether the Obama administration gets a chance to implement executive actions that would affect millions of undocumented immigrants. Texas Solicitor General Scott Keller filed a motion Monday for a 30-day extension for Texas and 25 other states to respond to the government's petition last week. The government asked the high court to review an appeals court ruling that blocks the administration from implementing actions announced in November 2014.

Nigeria

5 girls kill 12 others in suicide blasts

Girl suicide bombers killed 12 people over the weekend in Nigeria and Cameroon, officials said of the attackers who were stopped for routine searches. All five bombers also died, but they could have killed many more people. Police who blamed Boko Haram said one girl detonated explosives strapped to her body Sunday evening at a military checkpoint guarding an entry to Nigeria's northeastern city of Maiduguri. Nigeria's homegrown Islamic insurgency has killed about 20,000 people and driven 2.3 million people from their homes in six years.

Russia

Court orders Church of Scientology dissolved

A Russian court has ordered the Church of Scientology in Moscow to be dissolved. The Moscow City Court on Monday accepted arguments from the Justice Ministry that the term Scientology is trademarked and thus cannot be considered a religious organization covered by the constitution's freedom-of-religion clause. Several books by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard are banned in Russia for "extremist" content. A church representative said the decision would be appealed, Russian news agencies reported.

Ukraine

Freight traffic to Crimea is banned

The government abruptly banned freight traffic to the Crimean peninsula as tensions with Russia over the disputed territory have reignited into threats of a full-blown trade war. Russia annexed Crimea in March last year, but the peninsula remains dependent on infrastructure and deliveries from Ukraine for supplies of electricity, water and food. The ban came two days after power to Crimea was cut in an apparent act of sabotage, as pylons conveying electricity to the peninsula were blown up.

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