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Belgian lawmaker confirms teen’s death by assisted suicide

Euthanasia | Officials release few details about the patient, diagnosed by doctors as terminally ill
by Jae Wasson
Posted 9/19/16, 05:31 pm

A terminally ill 17-year-old, the first minor approved for legally assisted suicide in Belgium, died over the weekend. 

The Belgian lawmaker who helped craft the 2014 law legalizing euthanasia for all minors confirmed the teen’s death to the media on Saturday but declined to provide details to protect the grieving family. 

While Liberal Sen. Jean-Jacques De Gucht and other supporters hailed the child’s death as humane, opponents call such lax attitudes toward life worrisome. 

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In extremity, opportunity

Refugees | Once-stagnant churches in Germany and elsewhere want to play a role in assimilating Europe’s troubling migrant wave
by Mindy Belz
Posted 9/02/16, 01:00 am

BRUSSELS—Adel, a Syrian Christian from Aleppo, made his way with his wife across Europe this summer as more than 1 million refugees have done in the past year. The daily trauma of bombings and attacks plus shortages of food, medicine, and other necessities had made life unbearable for the couple in Syria’s second-largest city, a center of manufacturing and commerce now reduced in nearly every sector to unnavigable heaps of rubble.

“We are paying the price for others fighting World War III on our land,” Adel said.

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Globe Trot: Dissident says Chinese president sees Christianity as a threat

International | Plus, Donald Trump’s Russian and Ukrainian ties, Flanders’ poppies, and more news from around the world
by Mindy Belz
Posted 8/15/16, 02:44 pm

 

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