A 2-cents-per-ounce tax on soda and other sugary beverages, with proceeds going to health programs for children, will be placed on the November ballot for voter approval, after the Board of Supervisors approved the proposal in a 6-4 vote on July 22.
Thousands of people in Amsterdam dressed in white marched solemnly along the city’s canals on Wednesday in memory of the 298 people who died aboard flight MH17, most of them Dutch.
A plane attempting to land in stormy weather crashed on a small Taiwanese island late Wednesday, killing 47 people and wrecking houses and cars on the ground.
The first bodies from flight MH17 arrived in the Netherlands on Wednesday almost a week after it was shot down over Ukraine, with grieving relatives and the king and queen solemnly receiving the as yet unidentified victims.
The UN secretary-general said Tuesday it is his “hope and belief” that his emergency mission to the Middle East will lead to an end to the fighting between Hamas and Israel “in the very near future.”