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Toll Climbs To 24 In Burundi Fighting

Burundi’s latest spasm of violence killed 24 people, twice the number of casualties previously reported, Burundi radio said Wednesday.

They died in fighting that broke out overnight Monday in the capital, Bujumbura, said the report, monitored by the British Broadcasting Corp. On Tuesday, the Burundi Press Agency reported 12 deaths, including two soldiers.

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Early exit polls show strong support to lift Ireland ban on abortion

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Ireland’s referendum Friday represented more than a vote on whether to end the country’s strict abortion ban. It was a battle for the very soul of a traditionally conservative Roman Catholic nation that has seen a wave of liberalization in recent years.