The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for working to eliminate the scourge that has haunted generations from World War I to the battlefields of Syria.
The reaction in Syria to the Nobel decision was notably polarized. A senior Syrian rebel called the award a “premature step” that will divert the world’s attention from “the real cause of the war” while a ruling party lawmaker declared it to be a vindication of President Bashir Al-Assad’s government.
The OPCW was formed in 1997 to enforce the Chemical Weapons Convention, the first international treaty to outlaw an entire class of weapons. Based in The Hague, Netherlands, it has largely worked out of the limelight until this year, when the United Nations called on its expertise to help investigate alleged chemical weapons attacks in Syria. (Photo: AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
Kuwait and other Gulf states could start performing so-called “medical tests” to try to detect homosexuals and prevent them from entering their countries.
The Gulf Cooperation countries, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, already ban homosexual acts.
Yousouf Mindkar of the Kuwait health ministry said under the new proposals, officials would conduct the tests on foreigners when they try to enter the country.
“Health centres conduct the routine medical check to assess the health of the expatriates when they come into the GCC countries. However, we will take stricter measures that will help us detect gays who will be then barred from entering Kuwait or any of the GCC member states,” he told the Kuwait newspaper Al Rai. (Photos: ASSER AL-ZAYYAT/AFP/Getty Images)
Sen. McCain to Sen. Cruz today:
I’d remind my colleagues that in the 2012 election, Obamacare…was a subject that was a major issue in the campaign. Well, the people spoke.
They spoke, much to my dismay, but they spoke and they reelected the president of the United States.”