British Columbia’s appeals court overturned a lower court ruling Thursday that found Canada’s law against physician-assisted suicide to be unconstitutional. The court ruled in a split decision that a judge erred last year when she found sections of the Criminal Code that prohibit assisted suicide to be an unconstitutional violation of the charter rights of gravely ill Canadians. The case will now likely go to the Canadian Supreme Court.
Offender flees to U.S.
Canadian police said Thursday a violent, high-risk sex offender who has been missing for more than a week has been located in the United States, but he can’t be arrested because he’s not wanted on any charges in the United States. Edmonton Det. Chris Hayduk said U.S. border officials were warned that Michael Sean Stanley might try to cross into their country, but Stanley still managed to make it through at Blaine, Washington, south of Vancouver, on Monday night. “We have no authority to go get him,” Hayduk said.
Storm threatens capital
A tropical storm barreling toward the northern Philippines intensified into a typhoon early today with destructive winds and flooding rains threatening farmlands and populated areas, including the capital Manila. Typhoon Nari forced U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to call off today’s trip to the Philippines. Authorities placed 14 provinces and metropolitan Manila under storm alert, closed schools and put emergency services on notice.
Inspectors visit 3 sites
International inspectors have so far visited three sites linked to Syria’s chemical weapons program, a spokesman said Thursday, as the team races to destroy the country’s stockpile and delivery systems amid a raging civil war. Underscoring the complexity of the mission, a regime warplane bombed the rebel-held town of Safira, an activist group said. A regime-controlled military complex believed to include chemical weapons facilities is located near the town. The inspectors are to visit more than 20 sites in all.
Compiled from wire reports.