Norway Drops Plan To Jail People For Helping Homeless

February 5, 2015 6:22 PM

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Norway Drops Plan To Jail People For Helping Homeless

OSLO, Feb 5 (Reuters) - Norway's government dropped a plan to ban begging on Thursday after opposition parties and rights campaigners said it would criminalize anyone offering help to the poorest people in one of the world's richest nations.

The opposition Center Party dropped its previous support of the proposed law, leaving the minority right-wing government -- which has linked begging to rising crime rates -- without a majority to get it through parliament.

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