A view of the Cathedral square in Oslo, Norway March 20, 2017. REUTERS/Lefteris Karagiannopoulos
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Norway approved a law banning all child marriage Tuesday, with campaigners saying it would set an example to others ahead of a global 2030 deadline for eradicating the practice.Globally, an estimated 12 million girls are married every year before their 18th birthday -- nearly one girl every two seconds, according to global campaign group Girls Not Brides.The United Nations has said all countries should end child marriage by 2030 under global development goals.Meisingseth said the reform -- which comes a year after Denmark passed a similar ban -- would give Norway one of the strictest laws on child marriage in Europe.
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