Rights Watchdog Says It Has Proof Syrian Forces Carried Out Chemical Attack


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After collecting eyewitness testimonies and analyzing the likely weapons systems that were used to facilitate a chemical-weapons attack that targeted rebel-controlled suburbs in Damascus last month, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Tuesday it believes it has enough evidence to prove that the Syrian government was responsible for the atrocity.

HRW’s extensive investigation, which relied on expert analysis from chemical-weapons and arms specialists along with witnesses’ accounts, concluded that the surface-to-surface rocket systems used to carry out the attack, along with the large quantity of nerve agent that was deployed during the assault on Aug. 21, match up with equipment that is only possessed by government troops in Syria.

The watchdog organization went on to dismiss claims that rebel groups had a hand in the attacks as “inconsistent with the evidence found at the scene.”

(MORE: Report Claims Syrian Troops Used Chemical Weapons Without Assad’s Approval)

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Police: Detroit inmate who stabbed deputy captured


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A Detroit man, who stabbed an officer outside a courtroom and escaped wearing the officer’s uniform, has been captured, authorities said.
The inmate, Derreck White, who also uses the name Abraham Pearson, was spotted walking in a Detroit neighborhood Monday night, said Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon.
Authorities said White attacked a deputy with a sharpened comb in front of two other inmates inside a holding cell at the Frank Murphy Hall Monday morning.

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Delhi Gang Rape Case: Court Finds Four Guilty


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After eight months of legal proceedings in the Delhi gang-rape case, an Indian court on Tuesday afternoon found four men guilty of rape, murder and destruction of evidence.

Six males, on the night of Dec. 16 last year, brutally raped and killed a paramedic intern on a moving bus. Of the six, one was a minor and handed a three-year sentence by India’s juvenile justice board last month.

Another accused, Ram Singh, hung himself while in police custody in March this year.

The parents of the victim wept as the verdict was read out. Additional Sessions judge Yogesh Khanna said the men were convicted “for committing murder of a helpless person.”

“They should be hanged and nothing else,” the father of the victim, who remains unnamed in accordance with Indian law, told Reuters earlier.

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Chinese Authorities Close School After Pollution Triggers Mass Nosebleeds


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Officials in eastern China’s Leqing City were forced to temporarily shutter a primary school in Beibaixiang township after 20 students at the facility suffered from spontaneous nosebleeds that were likely caused by air pollution.

According to a report in the Global Times, there are more than 30 factories and industrial workshops located within 1 km from the school. Investigators admitted that exhaust-emission levels at 28 of the plants had not been inspected by officials.

Students were reportedly relocated to another facility on Monday as officials monitored the air quality near the school. According to an article published in the New York Times earlier this year, air pollution caused an estimated 1.2 million premature deaths in China in 2010.

[Global Times]

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