Seth Johnson

Seth is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute student course.

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Court lifts ruling, allows abortion restrictions

by Seth Johnson
Posted 8/07/20, 06:19 pm

Starting on Aug. 28, the state of Arkansas can enforce four laws to protect unborn babies that a federal judge blocked in 2017. On Friday, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals lifted a lower court’s injunction, citing a recent U.S. Supreme Court case. The high court’s ruling in June Medical Services v. Russo struck down a Louisiana abortion law. In a concurring opinion in that case, Chief Justice John Roberts said state legislatures should have wide discretion for setting their states’ policy.

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Monsoon weather hammers India

by Seth Johnson
Posted 8/07/20, 05:14 pm

A plane skidded off a runway upon landing in southern India on Friday and split into two pieces, killing 16 people and injuring 123 others. Monsoon-like conditions contributed to the crash, and forecasters predicted more heavy rain for the region. The coronavirus pandemic has grounded regular commercial flights in the country, but this one was repatriating Indian citizens who were stranded outside the country during the pandemic, authorities said.

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Aid trickles in to Lebanon

by Seth Johnson
Posted 8/06/20, 06:25 pm

French President Emmanuel Macron visited Beirut on Thursday and promised aid but no blank checks, saying Tuesday’s explosion needs to be a turning point. “If reforms are not carried out, Lebanon will continue to sink,” Macron said. Small protests have popped up in the country as citizens decry government corruption and negligence—especially that of Iran-supported Hezbollah—that contributed to the disaster.

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