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DUBLIN — The Irish government removed three doctors Tuesday from its investigation into the death of an ailing woman who was denied an abortion in an Irish hospital, a case that has exposed Ireland to worldwide criticism.

Prime Minister Enda Kenny told lawmakers that he hoped the move — barely 24 hours after Ireland announced the seven-member panel — would allow the woman’s widower to support the probe into why Savita Halappanavar, a 31-year-old Indian dentist, died Oct. 28 while hospitalized in Galway.

Mr. Kenny made the U-turn hours after her widower, Praveen Halappanavar, said he would refuse to talk with the investigators and would not consent to their viewing his wife’s medical records because three of the Galway hospital’s senior doctors had been appointed as investigators.

Mr. Halappanavar’s wife was 17 weeks pregnant with what would have been their first child when she was admitted to Galway’s hospital Oct. 21 suffering from severe pain. Doctors quickly established that she was miscarrying, with her cervix dilated and amniotic fluid leaking.

For three days, doctors refused requests for a termination of the pregnancy because the fetus still had a heartbeat, Mr. Halappanavar said.


Kirchner faces strike by former union allies

BUENOS AIRES — Road and air transport delays plagued Argentina on Tuesday, as President Cristina Kirchner, her approval rating in free fall, faced the second mass protest in as many weeks.

After tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets Nov. 8 to complain about inflation and high crime rates, unions called a 24-hour general strike over taxes, led by a union boss once allied with Ms. Kirchner.

Roadblocks cut off main access routes into the capital, Buenos Aires, causing traffic jams, while domestic flights were canceled at the city’s Aeroparque airport. One subway line also came to a standstill.

Chilean airline LAN announced that it would scrap flights within Argentina scheduled to take off before 4 p.m., as well as seven regional flights headed to and originating from Sao Paulo, Lima and the Chilean capital, Santiago.

Behind the strike is the powerful head of the opposition faction of Argentina’s CGT labor federation, Hugo Moyano, who backed Ms. Kirchner until last year. A splinter group of the CTA union also called for the strike.

The union activists are demanding lower income taxes.


Church of England says no to female bishops

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