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An Australian radio station placed a prank phone call to the hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge was receiving treatment for a severe form of morning sickness, CBS News via the Associated Press reported.

Friday, the nurse who received the phone call was found dead after an apparent suicide, CBS News via the Associated Press reported.

Jacintha Saldanha patched the call through to another nurse who gave the radio station private details of Kate's condition, CBS News via the Associated Press reported.

Saldanha was found dead in an apartment building affiliated with the hospital, the New York Times reported.

The prank originally aired Tuesday and has since made its way around the world, the New York Times reported.

The two disc jockeys have voluntarily taken themselves off the air to be respectful of Saldanha and the royal family, the New York Times reported.

Death of woman denied an abortion sparks debate in Ireland

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An Indian woman died from blood poisoning last month after an Irish hospital refused to give her an abortion, the Huffington Post via the Associated Press reported.

Savita Halappanavar went to a Galway hospital complaining of severe pain, the Huffington Post via the Associated Press reported. Doctors determined within hours that Halappanavar was having a miscarriage, but refused to terminate the pregnancy because a fetal heartbeat was still detectable.

According to the Huffington Post via the Associated Press, Halappanavar's death has re-ignited the debate of legalizing abortion in Ireland.

A traditionally Catholic country, abortions are only performed in the most severe cases where the mother's life is in danger, according to the Huffington Post via the Associated Press.

Protests have been held in Ireland and Halappanavar's native India, according to CNN.

According to CNN, Halappanavar's husband, Praveen, is demanding answers.

Praveen Halappanavar claims there has been tampering with Savita's file because it does not indicate that they requested repeatedly to have the pregnancy terminated, according to CNN.

Hamas military chief killed

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An Israeli airstrike killed Hamas's military commander Wednesday, the Guardian reported.

Ahmed al-Jaabari was the head of Hamas's military wing, the Guardian reported.

He died when a missile struck his vehicle, the Guardian reported.

The attack came after Israel warned of its intention to increase targeted assassinations, the Guardian reported.

Israel's intelligence service, Shin Bet, claimed responsibility for the attack, Reuters reported.

Israeli military said in a statement that their intent was to severely cripple Hamas and its control over Gaza, Reuters reported.

Hamas has controlled Gaza since 2007, Reuters reported.

Both the Guardian and Reuters reported that this attack was essentially Israel declaring war on Gaza, and they are prepared to take responsibility for the consequences.

South Korea shuts down two nuclear reactors

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South Korea shut down two nuclear power reactors Monday, according to AFP.

The reactors need maintenance to repair components that were not properly verified for authenticity, AFP reported.

The reactors could remain turned off until January, AFP reported.

The result will likely be unprecedented power outages, AFP reported.

The parts needing to be replaced include fuses and power switches, according to CNN.

The two reactors are responsible for generating about five percent of South Korea's power, according to CNN.

South Korean officials are looking for ways to minimize the effects on the people as the country shifts into colder weather, CNN reported.

Internet video shows possible war crime

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An execution video from Syria put on the internet Thursday could be evidence of a possible war crime say the United Nations, according to the New York Times.

The video allegedly shows Syrian rebels executing Syrian government officials, according to the New York Times.

According to the New York Times, a spokesperson for the United Nations said that if the video can be verified, the people will responsible will be held accountable.

The execution comes when some say, in Syria, the term "freedom fighter" is becoming conflated with the term "terrorist", according to the Los Angeles Times.

This has become an issue for groups hoping to to gain support from the Western world, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Thousands protest in Spain

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Protests have emerged in several cities in Spain due to the Prime Minister's proposed economic plan, the BBC reported.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's policy includes tax increases and spending cuts in education, according to the BBC.

Approximately 25 percent of people in Spain are unemployed, according to the BBC.

Rajoy's plan is an apparent attempt to forestall a bailout, according to KTVU via the Associated Press.

Spain has been experiencing economic difficulty since 2008, according to KTVU via the Associated Press.

Police thwart terror attack on France

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Seven suspects, detained in France, are being held on suspicion of terrorist activity, according to the BBC.

The New York Times reported that police found bomb-making materials where suspects were arrested.

Police suspect two of the detainees of being involved in an Islamic terrorist cell, the BBC reported.

According to Paris prosecutor Francois Molins, who was quoted in the BBC article, the alleged terror cell is one of the most dangerous in recent memory.

Molins compared the alleged cell to to the Algerian-based Armed Islamic Group, which instigated attacks in the late 1990's.

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