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Here’s a brief look at some of the top news stories around the world for Sept. 29, 2015.

Embattled Planned Parenthood grilled in congressional hearing

Under threat of losing its federal funding over a recent abortion-related controversy, the head of Planned Parenthood on Tuesday appeared in Congress for a five-hour committee hearing. The organization defended its practices and need for federal funds during questioning by Republicans, many of whom are seeking to end the flow of federal money to the health service.

[Read more from Reuters]

Despite pleas from Pope Francis, Georgia will execute woman on death row

Kelly Gissendaner, on death row for arranging the murder of her husband in 1997, is set to be put to death on Tuesday night. A representative of Pope Francis had asked for clemency for the woman, as had her children, but the Georgia Board of Pardons has denied the requests.

[Read more from CNN]

NSA leaker Edward Snowden a hit on Twitter

Fugitive Edward Snowden, who is living in asylum in Russia after having gone public with National Security Administration (NSA) surveillance programs, has launched his own Twitter account. And get this – the activist already has hundreds of thousands more followers than his legal nemesis, the NSA.

[Read more from the Los Angeles Times]

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