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Data: ILGA sexual orientation legal dataset; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Criminal statutes banning homosexuality are on the books in 70 countries, according to the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA).

The big picture: Homosexual acts are outlawed in many Muslim countries as well as former British colonies, including 32 African countries. On Tuesday, Botswana's top court voted to decriminalize same-sex relationships, and Angola, Mozambique and Seychelles have made similar moves in recent months. In May, Taiwan became the first Asian country to legalize same-sex marriage.

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Louisiana braces for 3rd hurricane in 2 months as Zeta closes in

The probable path of Zeta, per the National Hurricane Center. Photo: NHC/NOAA

Zeta strengthened into a hurricane again early Wednesday and was on track to make landfall in southeastern Louisiana by the afternoon, per the National Hurricane Center.

The state of play: Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) requested a pre-landfall Federal Declaration of Emergency in a letter to President Trump on Tuesday.

Unrest in Philadelphia after fatal police shooting of Black man

Demonstrators rally on Tuesday near the location where Walter Wallace was killed by two police officers in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

The Pennsylvania National Guard was mobilized Tuesday during a tense second night of protests in Philadelphia over the fatal police shooting of Walter Wallace, a 27-year-old Black man.

Driving the news: Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney (D) and Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said in a joint statement a "full investigation" would be launched to answer questions that arose from video that captured part of Monday's incident.

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