In Brief

IN BRIEF

December 11, 2008|By FROM SUN NEWS SERVICES

Britain to withdraw most troops from Iraq

BAGHDAD: Britain announced yesterday that it will withdraw all but a few hundred of its 4,000 soldiers from Iraq by next June, ending a mission that was unpopular at home and failed to curb the rise of Iranian-backed Shiite militias in the south. The decision comes as the U.S. weighs a drawdown in its nearly 150,000-strong force. President-elect Barack Obama has called for withdrawing all combat troops from Iraq by spring 2010, shifting responsibility to the Iraqis for the defense of the country against Sunni and Shiite extremists. The British move, which was expected, signals a conclusion to the role of the second-biggest troop contributor to the multinational coalition after the U.S.

Many U.S. kids use alternative medicine

ATLANTA: More than one in nine children and teens use herbal supplements or some other form of alternative medicine, the government said yesterday, quoting from a new national survey. It's the first time children's use of such remedies, including acupuncture, meditation and chiropractic care, has been measured. Adult use of alternative treatments remains about the same as it was in 2002 - more than one in three. Herbal remedies were the top type of alternative medicine for both adults and those younger than 18. Leading the list for children were echinacea, used for colds, and fish oil, sometimes given for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Such therapies were most often taken for head or neck pain, colds and anxiety. Body aches and insomnia were other top reasons kids got alternative therapies, the study found.

U.N. panel calls charity group a terrorist front

UNITED NATIONS : A U.N. Security Council panel has declared a Pakistan-based charity a front group for the terrorist organization blamed in the attacks on Mumbai that killed 171 people. In a move sought by India and the U.S., the panel said the charity Jamaat-ud-Dawa was a front for the Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba and subject to U.N. sanctions on terrorist organizations. It also designated four suspected plotters of the Mumbai attack as terrorists subject to sanctions. They include Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, Lashkar's operations chief, whose arrest was announced yesterday. The others are Muhammad Saeed, the group's leader; Haji Muhammad Ashraf, its chief of finance; and Mahmoud Mohammad Ahmed Bahaziq, a financier with the group.

2 Greek policemen held in killing of boy, 15

ATHENS, Greece : A Greek court ordered yesterday that two policemen be held in jail until trial for the shooting of a teenager - a death that has sparked five days of riots across the country. One officer is charged with murder for allegedly shooting Alexandros Grigoropoulos, 15, in a confrontation Saturday in Athens. The other is charged as an accomplice to murder. No trial date has been set. Earlier, protesters attacked Athens' main courthouse with firebombs during a hearing for the men. Riot police responded by firing tear gas, and at least two people were injured. Police whisked the two officers out a side entrance at the court and drove away in a convoy. Riot police and youths also clashed in Athens during a protest by more than 10,000 people against government economic policies.

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