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February 25, 2016

Substantial majority of Irish support repealing abortion ban. An Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll showed that 64% of Irish respondents wish to repeal the country's Eighth Amendment to the Constitution in order to allow abortion in at least some cases. Majorities in all major political parties favor some relaxation of abortion restrictions, and the Government is now considering whether to put the issue to a referendum.
Bolivia's President Evo Morales loses referendum to extend term limits. After initially refusing to accept Sunday's referendum results, Bolivian President Evo Morales conceded on Wednesday that he narrowly lost his bid to amend the country's constitution to allow him to serve a fourth term. Some claim the defeat signals that Latin America is shifting away from leftist governments like Morales' and towards center-right politics.
Dominican Republic Constitutional Court overturns anti-defamation media restrictions. Ruling on a constitutional complaint filed by several prominent media outlets, the Dominican Republic's Constitutional Court struck down several articles of the country's press law which allowed members of the media to be imprisoned for defamation of the government. The court did not, however, overturn criminal penalties for defamation of private individuals.
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