Three election workers, believed to be two women and a man, were abducted from a United Nations vehicle today in Kabul. The attack has been claimed by a Taliban breakoff group called Jaish-e-Muslimeen (Army of Muslims), according to Reuters.
The driver of the car, an Afghan man, was beaten and left behind at the scene, according to Agence France Presse. Witnesses say that at least seven armed men stopped the vehicle in the rush hour traffic at lunch and put the election workers into a truck with tinted windows, Reuters reports. This attack is believed to be the first abduction of foreigners in Afghanistan.
The kidnapping comes on the day that the United Nations-Afghan Joint Electoral Management Body finished counting ballots from the October 9 presidential election, in which President Hamid Karzai received at least 55 percent of the vote.
Media Resources: Reuters 10/28/04; Agence France Presse 10/28/04; Associated Press 10/28/04
11/20/2014 Federal Appeals Court Rejects Priests for Life Challenge to Birth Control Coverage Rule - In a victory for women's health, a unanimous panel of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on Friday rejected a challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive coverage benefit brought by Priests for Life, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington and other religiously affiliated non-profit organizations.
Judge Nina Pillard, a former law professor who was nominated to the DC Circuit by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate in December, wrote the opinion for the Court, which found that the ACA birth control benefit did not substantially burden or violate non-profits' religious freedom.
Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies must cover the full cost of all FDA-approved contraceptives - including the pill, IUDs, and emergency contraception - without requiring co-pays or cost-sharing. . . .