England to Abolish Burial and Cremation Fees for Children

England to Abolish Burial and Cremation Fees for Children Photo The office of Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain noted that families faced thousands of pounds in local authority fees for burials or cremations. Credit John Thys/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images LONDON — Parents in England will not be charged burial and cremation fees for children after Prime Minister Theresa May announced that the government would set up a fund to cover the charges.
The announcement on Saturday came after a campaign by an opposition Labour lawmaker, Carolyn Harris, whose 8-year-old son died in a road accident. The charges on parents were waived in Wales last year.
Mrs. May said in a statement, “In the raw pain of immediate loss, it cannot be right that grieving parents should have to worry about how to meet the funeral costs for a child they hoped to see grow into adulthood.”
“In the darkest moment of any parent’s life there is little light, but there can be support,” she added.
Advertisement
Con..

The Taliban Have Gone High-Tech. That Poses a Dilemma for the U.S.

The Taliban Have Gone High-Tech. That Poses a Dilemma for the U.S. Photo A member of the Afghan Special Forces is seen through a night-vision goggle during a training exercise with American Special Forces at Camp Shorab in Helmand Province in September. Credit Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images WASHINGTON — Once described as an ill-equipped band of insurgents, the Taliban are increasingly attacking security forces across Afghanistan using night-vision goggles and lasers that United States military officials said were either stolen from Afghan and international troops or bought on the black market.
The devices allow the Taliban to maneuver on forces under the cover of darkness as they track the whirling blades of coalition helicopters, the infrared lasers on American rifles, or even the bedtime movements of local police officers.
With this new battlefield visibility, the Taliban more than doubled nighttime attacks from 2014 to 2017, according to one United States military official who descri..