February 16, 2020

Colombia to decide on historic abortion ruling

iStockFourteen years after Colombia's landmark decision to legalize abortions in some cases, the country is once more bracing itself for a historic vote. The Colombian Constitutional Court has until Feb. 19th to decide whether it will legalize abortion for pregnancies up to 12 weeks. The current law allows for abortion in only three instances: if the mother's life is at risk, if a fetus is malformed or if the pregnancy is a result of rape. This is the "first real opportunity to actuall..
February 14, 2020

US, Taliban reach agreement to reduce violence opening door troop withdrawal

zabelin/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- The United States and Taliban reached an agreement on Friday to reduce violence for seven days, which could open the door to the two sides signing a larger peace deal reached last year, according to a senior State Department official. That larger deal would require U.S. forces to begin to withdraw, in exchange for a Taliban commitment to not allow Afghanistan to be a safe haven for terrorism and to sit down with other Afghans for peace talks -- two commitments criti..
February 14, 2020

China says 1,716 health workers among over 63,000 infected by novel coronavirus

Samara Heisz/iStock(BEIJING) -- Chinese health officials have revealed for the first time the number of frontline workers who have been infected by the novel coronavirus. Zeng Yixin, vice minister of China's National Health Commission, told reporters Friday that so far, 1,716 medical workers have tested positive for the newly discovered virus, known officially as COVID-19, and six of them have died. Most of the workers were in Hubei, the province at the center of the outbreak since the firs..
February 14, 2020

Prince Harry, Meghan to close Buckingham Palace office

Circle Creative Studio/iStock(LONDON) -- Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, plan to close their Buckingham Palace office as they step back from their roles as working members of the royal family, a royal source told ABC News. The source confirmed the closing of office means some members of Harry and Meghan's staff will lose their jobs, saying, "While the details are still being finalized and efforts are being made to redeploy people within the Royal household, unfortu..