Continued from page 1

Doctor-assisted suicides on rise, study says

AMSTERDAM | The number of doctor-assisted suicide cases reported in the Netherlands grew by 559 from 2010 to 2011, a commission reported Wednesday.

The government-appointed Euthanasia Commission found that doctor-reported cases made up about 2.7 percent of all deaths in the Netherlands in 2011, up from 2.3 percent in 2010.

Nicole Visee, secretary general of the commission, said her organization investigates whether doctors followed the law, and she could only speculate about reasons for the increase.

They might include better reporting by doctors, more deaths from terminal illness as a result of an aging population, and changes in ethical views.

Euthanasia was decriminalized in the Netherlands in 2002 for patients who are terminally ill, are in great pain and ask to die.

united kingdom

Court blocks extradition of radical cleric to U.S.

LONDON | A British court issued an interim injunction Wednesday blocking the extradition of a radical Muslim cleric to the United States on terrorist charges, granting a court hearing for an appeal.

Mustafa Kamal Mustafa challenged his extradition on charges that include helping set up a terrorist training camp in rural Oregon. The appeal marked another legal twist in a case that has wound its way through the courts for eight years.

Judicial authorities said in a statement that a date for the hearing would be decided shortly.

Khaled Al-Fawwaz, a second terrorist suspect, also has mounted a legal challenge before Britain’s High Court. No date has been set for his hearing.

Britain’s Home Office immediately challenged the appeals. British authorities will seek a court hearing as soon as possible to clear the way for the extradition.

The Egyptian-born former nightclub bouncer, who claimed he lost his eye and hands fighting the Soviets in Afghanistan, used north London’s Finsbury Park Mosque as a base to persuade young Muslims to take up the cause of holy war.

united arab emirates

Story Continues →