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Argentine senate approves abortion bill

Argentina has become the first major country in Latin America to legalise abortion with the Senate approving a bill allowing the procedure through the 14th week of pregnancy.

The Senate on Wednesday voted by 38 in favour to 29 against with one abstention.

The approval bucks the traditionally strong influence of the Catholic Church in the region.

The contentious vote followed a marathon debate that began at 4pm local time on Tuesday.

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