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BANGKOK: Thailand's biggest opposition party called on Monday for Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to resign, as parliament opened a special session called by the former junta leader to discuss months of protests.Student-led demonstrations which initially demanded the departure of Prayuth and a new constitution have increasingly turned their attention to the monarchy, calling for reforms to curb the powers of King Maha Vajiralongkorn."The prime minister is a major obstacle and burden to the country. Please resign and everything will end well," said Sompong Amornvivat, leader of the opposition Pheu Thai party, the largest single party in parliament.Prayuth called the parliament session this week after the imposition of Oct. 15 emergency measures to end the demonstrations - including a ban on protests - only inflamed anger and brought tens of thousands onto Bangkok streets."I’m confident that today, regardless of our different political views, everyone still loves the country," Prayuth said in his opening address.But his opponents and protest leaders are sceptical the parliamentary session will resolve the crisis. His supporters have a majority in parliament, whose entire upper house was picked by his former junta.Prayuth seized power in 2014, overthrowing elected Pheu Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, sister of populist former
AMSTERDAM • The Dutch government announced plans last week to allow doctors to end the lives of terminally ill children who are under 13 years old, a decision that is bound to inflame the debate over physician-assisted death. The Netherlands already allows doctors to facilitate the deaths of people who are over 12 or less than one year old as long as parents have given their consent. In a letter to Parliament last Tuesday, Dutch Health Minister Hugo de Jonge proposed expanding the law to include children between the ages of one and 12 who are dying and suffering. "In a small number of cases, palliative care isn't sufficient," Mr de Jonge wrote. "Because of that, some children suffer unnecessarily without any hope of improvement." He estimated that the measure would affect about five to 10 children every year. Doctors in the Netherlands have expressed concern that they could be held criminally liable if they were to help end the lives of "incurably ill" children between one and 12, because the law currently has no provision for children that age who are expected to die imminently. Under the current law,