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In brief: Putin signs law banning adoptions by U.S. citizens

SATURDAY, DEC. 29, 2012

Moscow – President Vladimir Putin on Friday signed a law banning Americans from adopting Russian children, abruptly terminating the prospects for more than 50 youngsters preparing to join new families.

The move is part of a harsh response to a U.S. law targeting Russians deemed to be human rights violators.

Although some top Russian officials including the foreign minister openly opposed the bill, Putin signed it less than 24 hours after receiving it from parliament, where it passed both houses overwhelmingly.

Neighbor nations to send troops to troubled area

Bangui, Central African Republic – Central African Republic’s neighbors agreed on Friday to dispatch a contingent of soldiers to intervene in the troubled country, where a coalition of rebel groups is seeking to overthrow the president of nearly a decade.

Representatives from the 10-nation Economic Community of Central African States meeting in Gabon, though, did not specify how many troops they could contribute nor did they outline how quickly the military assistance would arrive.

President Francois Bozize had pleaded for international help Thursday as fears grew that the rebels would attack the capital.


 

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