Politicians in New South Wales have voted to decriminalise abortion, despite more than 10,000 people protesting against changing the law. The Bill, which removes the killing of an unborn child from the criminal code, passed the Australian state’s upper house by 26 votes to 14. The new law will allow women in New South Wales to have an abortion up to 22 weeks, or later when two doctors agree. Over 100 amendments were put forward during the 70 hours of debate, and MPs opposing the Bill eventually secured more safeguards for women, doctors and babies born alive after abortion.

 

 

The owners of satellite channel Ben TV have been fined £25,000 over the broadcast of a programme which featured televangelist Peter Popoff offering viewers the chance to order "free miracle spring water". Regulator Ofcom said that Greener Technology Limited did not take steps to provide adequate protection for such viewers and there was a material risk that susceptible members of the audience may have been improperly exploited by the programme. The ministry programme showed German born Popoff speaking about the impact of the so-called miracle water along with testimonies of individuals who'd spoken of its benefit with one implying it would cure cancer. After finding the programme in breach of the Broadcasting Code, it's now imposed the financial penalty along with a requirement that the station does not repeat the programme and it broadcasts a statement of Ofcom's findings.

 
 

 

 

The United States reportedly conducted a cyberattack against Iran in the wake of last month’s strike on key Saudi oil facilities, which many Western countries have blamed on the Islamic Republic. The late September attack took aim at Tehran’s ability to spread propaganda and affected physical hardware, the Reuters news agency reported Wednesday, citing two unnamed US officials. “It highlights how [US] President Donald Trump’s administration has been trying to counter what it sees as Iranian aggression without spiraling into a broader conflict,” the report said. “The strike appears more limited than other such operations against Iran this year after the downing of an American drone in June and an alleged attack by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards on oil tankers in the Gulf in May.”