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UNITED STATES

Immigration move criticized

Texas led a group of 17 states on Wednesday in suing US President Barack Obama’s administration over its plan to offer up to 5 million undocumented migrants protection from deportation. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said Obama’s unilateral immigration reform plans, unveiled last month to bypass congressional gridlock by Republicans, “tramples” on the US constitution. “The president is abdicating his responsibility to faithfully enforce laws that were duly enacted by Congress and attempting to rewrite immigration laws, which he has no authority to do,” Abbott, who filed the lawsuit, said in a statement.

PHILIPPINES

Storm approaches Tacloban

Government forecasters say a powerful storm is likely to slam into the same central region smothered by Typhoon Haiyan last year, prompting villagers to flee from coastal homes and sparking panic buying of food, water and gasoline. Forecasters said yesterday that Typhoon Hagupit, which was packing sustained winds of 195kph and gusts of up to 230kph, might hit Eastern Samar Province tomorrow and barrel inland along the same route.

CHINA

Prisoner transplants to stop

Beijing says it will cease transplanting organs taken from executed prisoners on Jan. 1 in response to human rights concerns, although uncertainties linger over where a replacement supply will come from. The government has previously said it would phase out the practice by sometime early next year. However, state media reports yesterday announced the first firm date for ending the practice, citing the architect of the nation’s transplant system, Huang Jiefu (黃潔夫).

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