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WASHINGTON (AP) — It flew through the Republican-run House in 2012, and a year later 79 of the Democratic-led Senate's 100 members embraced it. With Republicans now controlling both chambers of Congress, the chances for repealing the 2.3 percent tax on medical devices are better than ever.
A court in Niger threw out charges on Friday against members of the political and social elite accused of trafficking newborn babies -- a case dismissed by the opposition as a plot to discredit its members. Police started arresting 20 people, including the wives of several senior politicians, in June and said they wanted to question Hama Amadou, the main challenger to President Mahamadou Issoufou. Political tensions have risen in Niger since 2013 when Hama, once part of Issoufou's coalition, fell out with the president. According to the prosecution, around 30 children were born to women in neighbouring Nigeria for the sole purpose of being sold to wealthy couples in Niger.