Mila Kun, Mexico City, Bret Jaspers discussed on BBC World Service
Vaccination rates in the country, with us on half a residents age 12 or older, fully vaccinated. For NPR News. I'm Rachel Cohen, Texas Republicans racked up a major victory Tuesday as governor Greg Abbott signed a controversial and expansive voting bill into law. From member station K T. R A Bret Jaspers reports that the new law imposes major restrictions on how Texans may cast their ballots. Civil rights groups have already filed lawsuits against the measure, saying the restrictions on 24 hour voting and expanded drive through voting limit options that kept voters safe during the pandemic, particularly voters of color. But at the bill signing Texas Governor Greg Abbott was unworried about the legal challenges. Whenever laws like this are past, the first thing the Democrats do is they run to the courthouse and try to challenge it. I feel extremely confident that when this law makes it through the Lydia litigation phase, it will be upheld. Texas's the latest of several Republican led states that have passed restrictive voting measures after the 2020 election. I'm Bret Jaspers in Dallas. In Mexico. A magnitude seven earthquake struck an area near Acapulco, causing damage to several buildings. The quake was felt over 200 miles away in Mexico City, prompting some frightened residents there to flee to safety. Power outages were reported in some parts of the city. You're listening to NPR news. In a huge move for the predominantly Catholic country. Mexico Supreme Court Has ruled unanimously they're penalizing abortion is unconstitutional. Member station. K eggs from terror desk in air. Simple yield. Um, Air most sealed Mexico. Kendall Blust has that story. Lovely. Assume. Had a parakeet has made. Adidas Chief Justice Arturo's Andy Barr said the ruling is consistent with the court's position for more than a decade that abortion is a fundamental right and that pregnant people must be guaranteed access to the procedure. The ruling came in response to a law in the northern state of Coahuila that punishes abortion at any stage of pregnancy with up to three years in prison. In Mexico. Abortion is legal in four out of 32 states. While the ruling won't immediately make the procedure widely available across Mexico, it could lead to the release of those jailed for having an abortion. For NPR news. I'm Kendall Blessed in, um Ocio, Mexico. US State Department officials are expressing concern about some of the individuals that have been chosen by the Taliban to fill top Cabinet posts. Mullah Mohammad Hassan Cocoon has been chosen to lead the male only interim Afghan government. Mila Kun is the longtime leader of the Taliban's leadership Council. He is also on the U. N sanctions list his deputy prime minister, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, who heads up the Taliban's political office. The Taliban now claims to control all of the Afghanistan and says.