Nation and world briefs

  • Updated: December 12, 2013 - 11:12 PM


Inspectors confirm chemical attack

U.N. inspectors said Thursday that chemical weapons were probably used in four locations in Syria this year in addition to the confirmed attack near Damascus in August. The report by U.N. chemical weapons experts examined seven alleged chemical weapons attacks and said it lacked information to ­corroborate the allegations at two locations. The inspectors’ limited mandate barred them from identifying whether the government or opposition fighters were responsible for any of the attacks.


U.S. drone strike kills 13 in central Yemen

Missiles fired by a U.S. drone slammed into a convoy of vehicles traveling to a wedding party in central Yemen, killing at least 13 people, Yemeni security officials said. They said the attack took place in the city of Radda, and left charred bodies and burned-out cars on the road. The city, a stronghold of Al-Qaida militants, witnessed deadly clashes early last year between armed tribesmen backed by the military and Al-Qaida gunmen in an attempt to drive them out of the city.


First country to allow euthanasia for kids

Belgium took a big step Thursday to becoming the first country to allow euthanasia for terminally ill children, after the upper house of Parliament voted by a large majority to extend to minors a 2002 law legalizing the practice for adults. Under the amended law, euthanasia would become legal for children afflicted with “constant and unbearable physical suffering” and equipped “with a capacity of discernment.” During a sometimes heated public debate in the run-up to the vote, religious leaders condemned the move as entering “a logic that leads to the destruction of society’s foundations.”


Civil rights coalition takes on ‘Redskins’

A coalition of the nation’s leading civil rights organizations took on a new issue Thursday: the name of the Washington Redskins.

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of groups including the NAACP, the ACLU and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, approved a resolution at its annual meeting that called on the team to change its name and “refrain from the use of any other images, mascots, or behaviors that are or could be deemed harmful or demeaning to Native American cultures or peoples.”


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