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Grief, anger at memorial for Korea ferry student victims

Thousands of mourners paid tearful respects Wednesday at a temporary memorial to the hundreds of student victims of South Korea's ferry disaster, as the grim search for bodies entered a second week. The confirmed death toll stood at 150, but 152 were still unaccounted for, their bodies believed trapped in the inverted, submerged ship that sank a week ago in circumstances that have yet to be fully explained.

Grief, anger at memorial for Korea ferry student victims

Thousands of mourners paid tearful respects Wednesday at a temporary memorial to the hundreds of student victims of South Korea's ferry disaster, as the grim search for bodies entered a second week. The confirmed death toll stood at 150, but 152 were still unaccounted for, their bodies believed trapped in the inverted, submerged ship that sank a week ago in circumstances that have yet to be fully explained.

Mummified woman found at home in Argentina

The naturally mummified body of a woman was found at her Buenos Aires home by a neighbor who had not seen her for more than 10 years, police said Friday. Her remains, with skin tissue preserved by drying, were being studied to determine the time and circumstances of the death of Maria Cristina Fontana, who was born in 1953. Fontana is believed to have died at age 51 of complications from an aneurysm that had been operated on in 1990, the coroner's office said.

US court reverses convictions of man accused of encouraging Canadian's suicide online

MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday reversed the convictions of a former nurse accused of encouraging two people whom he met online to kill themselves. One of them was a Canadian university student, 18-year-old Nadia Kajouji of Brampton, Ont. William Melchert-Dinkel was convicted in 2011 of two counts of aiding suicide. The judge found that he "intentionally advised and encouraged" Kajouji and an English man, 32-year-old Mark Drybrough, to take their own lives.

Million babies a year die within 24 hours

A million newborn babies a year die within 24 hours, charity Save the Children said in a report out Tuesday which urged governments to tackle preventable deaths. The report by the British-based organisation said 6.6 million children around the world died in 2012 before their fifth birthday, mostly from preventable causes. The number has almost halved from the 12.6 million in 1990, but there remains a "deplorable problem of lack of attention to babies in their first days of life", the aid organisation said.

French court orders tests in quadriplegic euthanasia case

France's highest civil court Friday ordered more medical tests in the case of a battle between family members over ending the life of a 38-year-old quadriplegic in a vegetative state. The State Council said it would decide before the summer in the case of Vincent Lambert, who has been in a vegetative state since a car crash in 2008. The court said it had ordered a team of three doctors to carry out tests to determine the "irreversible nature" of Lambert's condition.

Belgium gives ill children of any age right-to-die

Twelve years after legalising euthanasia for adults, Belgium's parliament extended the right to die to terminally ill children of any age Thursday, despite opposition from the Church and some pediatricians. After months of heated debate, the lower House of Representatives adopted legislation making the largely Catholic country the second after the Netherlands to allow mercy-killing for children, and the first to lift all age restrictions.

Belgian MPs set to vote on euthanasia for children

Terminally ill children are set to win the right to die in Belgium when lawmakers vote Thursday to extend a decade-old law allowing euthanasia for adults after months of often heated public debate. Despite strong opposition from the Church and some pediatricians, the legislation is widely expected to pass, making the largely Catholic country the world's second after the Netherlands to allow mercy-killing for children.

Family battle over euthanasia for quadriplegic in French court

France's highest civil court on Thursday began hearing the case of a battle between family members over ending the life of a 38-year-old quadriplegic in a vegetative state. The State Council's 17 judges started considering the case of Vincent Lambert on Thursday and said it would decide Friday whether it will make a ruling or seek further medical evidence. Doctors treating Lambert, as well as his wife, want to cut off intravenous food and water supplies but his deeply religious Catholic parents and other family members oppose the decision and took the matter to court.

Family battle over euthanasia for quadriplegic in French court

France's highest civil court on Thursday began hearing the case of a battle between family members over ending the life of a 38-year-old quadriplegic in a vegetative state. The State Council's 17 judges started considering the case of Vincent Lambert on Thursday and said it would decide Friday whether it will make a ruling or seek further medical evidence. Doctors treating Lambert, as well as his wife, want to cut off intravenous food and water supplies but his deeply religious Catholic parents and other family members oppose the decision and took the matter to court.
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