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Northern Ireland: Stormont rejects bid to relax abortion law

(File photo) Abortion is a extremely political topic in Northern Ireland, a country dominated by religion. Credit: PA

Proposals to relax Northern Ireland's strict abortion laws have been rejected.

Stormont Assembly members voted by a majority of 59 to 40 against amending legislation to allow terminations in cases of fatal foetal abnormality and sexual crime.

Amnesty International said failing to reform the law would be a "betrayal of women".


England take 2-0 lead in ODI series in South Africa

Jos Buttler demonstrated his star quality, and Alex Hales his versatility, as England won by five wickets to take a 2-0 one-day international series lead over South Africa.

Hales (99) had to bat against type to keep England on track, after Reece Topley's career-best four for 50 restricted South Africa to a marginally under-par 262 for seven on a slow and occasionally unpredictable surface at St George's Park.

Then on a day which started with Buttler bagging a £385,000 deal to join Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League, he finished the job with a flurry of fours and sixes and the unexpected leeway of 22 balls to spare.


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