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Six Nigerian states drop bid to annul presidential election

Nigeria's newly declared winner of 2023 presidential election, Bola Tinubu speaks at the National Collation Centre in Abuja, Nigeria, March 1, 2023. REUTERS/Esa Alexander

Abuja, Nigeria Reuters Six opposition-led Nigerian states on Friday night withdrew a Supreme Court petition to invalidate the result of last weekend’s presidential vote, which they had argued violated electoral rules, court papers showed. The states, in a court filing signed by their attorneys general, did not give reasons for their decision. Nigeria’s newly declared winner […]

Southern Baptists pivot to address church sexual abuse at the state level

SBC annual meeting protest

RNS Southern Baptist leaders in North Carolina have announced plans to proactively review their state convention’s response to the issue of sexual abuse. The review, approved on Monday by the executive committee of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, will look at current policies and procedures for preventing abuse and responding when abuse occurs. […]

India promises more vaccines as daily COVID-19 deaths stay above 4,000

India Bangalaru crematorium workers taking a break

Bengalaru, IndiaReuters Some Indian states said on Sunday they would extend COVID-19 lockdowns to help contain the pandemic, which has killed more than 270,000 people in the country, as the federal government pledged to bolster vaccine supplies. The number of deaths from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours in India has risen more than 4,000 […]

Mexico human trafficking cases rise by a third but many states found lagging

Mexico National Guard

Tijuana, MexicoThomson Reuters Foundation State human trafficking investigations in Mexico rose by a third last year, but academics and activists said that many parts of the country appeared to be struggling to tackle the crime. State authorities launched 515 trafficking cases last year – up from 385 in 2018 – according to new government data.  […]

Less than 25 per cent in any US state approves total ban on abortion – survey

Views on abortion

RNS In no state in the US does even one-quarter of the population say abortion should be illegal in all cases, a new survey shows. The report, released Tuesday by Public Religion Research Institute, shows that in five states, at least 20 per cent of the population believes abortion should be legal in all cases: Louisiana (23 […]