Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

World Digest

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Protesters force repeal of Romanian corruption law

The largest anti-government crowds since the violent 1989 revolution that toppled dictator Nicolae Ceausescu succeeded Sunday in pressuring Romania's new government to repeal a hastily adopted decree that would have eased penalties for official corruption. The law would have weakened the country's emerging anti-corruption effort, which has begun to make progress against a ruling culture accustomed to acting with impunity. The government backed down Sunday after six days of street protests but plans to introduce another version of the law.

Highway crash kills 16 in Honduras * An out-of-control cargo truck crashed Sunday into a bus on a highway outside Honduras' capital, Tegucigalpa, killing 16 people and injuring 34, authorities said. The injured were taken to University Teaching Hospital in Tegucigalpa, where hospital spokesman Miguel Osorio said two were in serious condition from severe blows to the head.

Egyptian clerics balk at divorce reform * Egypt's top Islamic authority rejected on Sunday President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's suggestion that legislation be adopted to invalidate the practice of Muslim men's verbally divorcing their wives.

The Council of Senior Clerics in Al-Azhar the highest authority in Sunni Islam unanimously ruled that verbal divorce, when meeting all requirements, has been an undisputed practice since the days of the 7th century Prophet Muhammad. The requirements, it explained, included that the man has a sound mind, full consciousness and uses appropriate phrasing. Muslim women in Egypt cannot verbally divorce their husbands but can apply for divorce in a court of law.

French candidate uses hologram to campaign * French presidential candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon can't be in two places at once. But the hard-left hopeful, 65, is trying his hardest, thanks to advances in technology. …

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