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NATO head: World can’t stop Iran nukes

The secretary-general of NATO said he does not think the world will be able to stop Iran from building a nuclear bomb.

Jaap de Hoop Scheffer told a World Policy Conference in France that the United Nations has failed to halt Iran’s nuclear program, Reuters reported Oct. 6. Because of this, Scheffer said, he would never expect Israel to halt its suspected nuclear program. “As we all know, Israel never admits to what it has, but I do not see very many arguments for the Jewish state to abandon its potential,” Reuters quoted him as saying. Iran claims its nuclear program is strictly for creating domestic electric power. — jta

Ukraine marks Babi Yar massacre

Government officials, diplomats, Holocaust survivors and other Ukrainian Jews on Oct. 6 commemorated the 67th anniversary of the Babi Yar massacre, in which more than 33,700 Ukrainian Jews were killed by Nazis and collaborators just outside central Kiev in September 1941.

Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and Parliament speaker Arseniy Yatzenyuk laid flowers at the monument to the victims. Yatzenyuk also took part in a ceremony at the Babi Yar site. — jta