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    Turkey Backtracks on Child Rape Law After Protests

    This was a step too far. The Turkish government doesn’t often make concessions to public outcry, but it has agreed to withdraw a bill that would have overturned convictions for sexual assault against children if the perpetrators married the victims. Now President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the bill will be rewritten to find a “compromise” with those who say it legitimizes rape. Meanwhile, the EU will vote this week on suspending talks on Turkey’s potential admission to the bloc. Experts expect a temporary freeze, while Erdogan’s acting casual.

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