Watchdog can now assign blame in chemical attacks
THE HAGUE • Member states of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons voted by a wide margin yesterday to give the world's chemical weapons watchdog new powers to assign blame for attacks with banned toxic munitions.
In a special session, countries voted in favour of a British-led proposal to grant the new powers by a 82-24 margin.
The motion was opposed by Russia, Iran and Syria, whose civil war has been marked by repeated chemical attacks.
Democrat suffers shock loss in New York primary
NEW YORK • Representative Joseph Crowley of New York, once seen as a possible Democratic leader of the House, suffered a shocking primary defeat on Tuesday, the most significant loss for a Democratic incumbent in more than a decade and one that will reverberate across the party and the country.
He was defeated by a 28-year-old political newcomer, Ms Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who had declared it was time for generational, racial and ideological change.
Rare large wildfire rages in northern England
STALYBRIDGE (Britain) • Firefighters yesterday battled a rare large wildfire in northern England, which has sparked the evacuation of dozens of homes.
Police have declared the fire engulfing moorland east of Manchester a "major incident" and said the army was on standby to assist.
"We haven't seen an incident like this on the moors (near) Greater Manchester in as long as I can remember," said Mr Dave Keelan, director of emergency response for the city's fire service.