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People marching toward Parliament Square in London as part of a "kill the bill" rally on April 3. Photo: Hasan Esen/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Hundreds in London and several cities across England and Wales rallied in "kill the bill" protests on Saturday against a proposed law that would broaden police authority for regulating demonstrations, according to Reuters.

Why it matters: Opponents of the bill say it could be used to curb dissent and individual freedoms and could excuse heavy-handed tactics used by police to break up peaceful protests.

Context: The bill was proposed in response to recent sporadic protests that had turned violent.

  • People during a protest in Bristol in March bombarded officers and a police station with bricks and glass bottles and set police vehicles on fire, according to CNN.
  • But police have also been criticized for using excessive force against protesters, including at a vigil held in London last month for Sarah Everard, whose body was found in March after she disappeared. Wayne Couzens, a London police officer, has been charged with the suspected abduction and murder of Everard.

The big picture: Protests were also held in at least 24 other towns and cities in England and Wales, including Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Derby, Exeter and Oxford, according to The Guardian.

In photos:
A "kill the bill" protests in London. Photo Hasan Esen/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
Former Labour Party Leader, Jeremy Corbyn, speaking during a "kill the bill" protest in London. Photo: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images
Police monitoring a "kill the bill" protest in London. Photo: Hasan Esen/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
The protest in London. Photo: Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images
Signs at the protest in London. Photo: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images

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A male suspect rammed a vehicle into two Capitol Police officers on Friday at the North Barricade vehicle access point of the U.S. Capitol, sending Congress into a roughly two-hour lockdown.

The state of play: The attack left two dead, including the suspect and one police officer, and another injured. Congress is no longer under lockdown, and the House and Senate were out of session at the time of the attack.

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Then-President Obama speaks alongside former Secretary of State Colin Powell (left) during a meeting in the Oval Office in 2010. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

Former President Obama called Colin Powell an "exemplary soldier and an exemplary patriot" in a statement honoring the former general following his death from COVID complications on Monday.

Why it matters: Powell, the first Black U.S. secretary of state, was known as a Republican but played a critical role in helping Obama get elected in 2008.

Justice Department asks Supreme Court to block Texas abortion ban

Abortion rights activists rally at the Texas State Capitol on Sept. 11 in Austin, Texas. Photo: Jordan Vonderhaar/Getty Images

The Justice Department on Monday asked the Supreme Court to temporarily block Texas' near-total ban on abortions while federal courts consider its constitutionality.

The big picture: The court last month allowed the ban to take effect, rejecting an emergency application by abortion-rights groups. The law bars the procedure after cardiac activity is detected, as early as six weeks into pregnancy.