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Labour Member of Parliament Ginny Andersen at Parliament in Wellington, New Zealand. Photo: Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

New Zealand's Parliament unanimously passed on Wednesday a law enabling parents who experience a miscarriage or stillbirth to take three days' paid bereavement leave. 

Why it matters: Ginny Andersen, the Member of Parliament from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's Labour Party who drafted the bill, noted NZ "may well be the first country" to pass such legislation, with the law applicable at any time of a pregnancy, per the New York Times.

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What they're saying: Anderson said in a Facebook post the passing of the Bereavement Leave for Miscarriage Bill "shows that once again New Zealand is leading the way for progressive and compassionate legislation, becoming only the second country in the world to provide leave for miscarriage and stillbirth."

"The Bill will give women and their partners time to come to terms with their loss without having to tap into sick leave. Because their grief is not a sickness, it is a loss. And loss takes time."
— Anderson

Of note: The bill includes a provision for parents looking to have a child via adoption or surrogacy.

The big picture: India has also passed legislation for leave following miscarriage, for women only. They're entitled to leave with wages at the rate of maternity benefit. But only 1% benefit from this as most Indian women's work is informal.

  • In the United Kingdom, only women who have a stillbirth after the 24th week of pregnancy are permitted to parental leave and pay.
  • In the U.S., entitlements vary by state and company. While Reddit gives workers who've had pregnancy losses 8.5 weeks' leave, some firms that allow women time off stipulate they must use "sick days or take unpaid leave," notes HuffPost.

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Why it matters: This storm — known as Typhoon Bising in the Philippines — is just the latest of many tropical cyclones to undergo a process known as rapid intensification, a feat that studies show is becoming more common due to climate change. It weakened slightly, to the equivalent of a strong Category 4 storm, on Sunday.

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The Biden administration warned the Russian government "that there will be consequences" if jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny dies, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan told CNN on Sunday.

The big picture: Sullivan also defended President Biden for not mentioning Navalny in a Thursday speech about Russia or in a Tuesday call with Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying the White House aims to deal with the issue "privately and through diplomatic channels."

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Three people died and two were hospitalized with serious injuries after a gunman entered bar in Kenosha County, Wisconsin, the police department said in a statement on Sunday. Police responded to the shooting at around 12:42 a.m. and the suspect has not been found.

The big picture: The midnight shooting is the latest in a string of deadly mass shootings to hit the U.S. since March, fueling a debate in Washington about how to regulate the weapons.