LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec -- The first victim of a runaway oil train's explosive derailment in a Quebec town was identified Thursday, more than five days since the disaster, as the intensity of the fire has slowed searches for the 50 people presumed dead.
Quebec's premier toured the traumatized town and sharply criticized the U.S. railway's chief for not responding in person more quickly to Canada's worst railway disaster in nearly 150 years.
Police said four more bodies had been found, bringing the total found to 24.
The first victim to be identified by the coroner's office was 93-year-old Eliane Parenteau, who lived in the disaster zone in downtown Lac-Megantic.
Genocide charges leveled
THE HAGUE --The U.N. war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia reinstated a charge of genocide against wartime Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic on Thursday, reversing a trial court's ruling that prosecutors hadn't made a convincing case that the Serb nationalist "possessed genocidal intent."
The decision by a five-judge appeals panel coincided with a solemn ceremony in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica, where the recently identified remains of 409 victims of Europe's worst massacre since World War II were reburied. Among the victims, whose remains were identified, was a baby girl who was reburied Thursday.
Mr. Karadzic and Bosnian Serb army commander Gen. Ratko Mladic face charges in their concurrent war crimes trials for their alleged roles in orchestrating the July 11, 1995, killings of more than 8,000 Muslim men and boys.
U.N. official to visit Syria
UNITED NATIONS -- A Swedish weapons expert and a United Nations official will visit Damascus to try to agree on methods for investigating allegations of chemical weapons use in the Syrian conflict, the U.N. said Thursday.
Ake Sellstrom, who heads a U.N. investigative team, and U.N. disarmament official Angela Kane are to visit Damascus to "complete the modalities" that would allow a U.N. team to begin its work on the ground in Syria, spokesman Martin Nesirky said.
U.N. to honor Pakistan girl
UNITED NATIONS -- Malala Yousafzai, who was shot last year on a girls' school bus by a Taliban gunman in Pakistan's Swat Valley, will be honored today at the United Nations as a symbol for education for all children.
On what is her 16th birthday, Malala will address the U.N. Youth Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, far from her life in conflict-plagued northern Pakistan.
She survived a grievous head wound on Oct. 9, after being targeted by the Taliban because of her public campaign for the right of all girls to receive education. Also in the world ...
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