NHS bosses admit 'failings in care' led to the death of a newborn premature baby in Stoke
Grieving parents Daniel and Nicola Rushton-Walley, from Stoke-on-Trent, were still grieving loss of their newborn son Kole when brother, Masen, passed away.
An NHS investigation found that while nothing could've been done to prevent the death of Kole, there was several errors made in caring for Masen.
Masen suffocated after his endotracheal tube - used to assist in breathing - became dislodged and went unnoticed by hospital staff.
Newborn Masen Rushton-Walley (pictured) died after his breathing tube became dislodged and went unnoticed by nurses
The boys were born prematurely at 28 weeks at the Royal Stoke University Hospital in May, 2016.
Kole and passed away just six hours after birth from constant high blood pressure.
Four days after his birth, Masen was transferred to Manchester's St Mary's Hospital with a suspected bowel infection.
He underwent successful surgery a day later and was in a stable condition.
Four days after his birth, Masen had successful surgery for a suspected bowel infection. He was in stable condition but needed an endotracheal tube to help him breathe
But three days later his endotracheal tube became partially dislodged and went unnoticed by a student nurse.
It later became completely dislodged and meant Masen became starved of oxygen. His heart rate dropped and he died 50 minutes later.
Now the family are preparing to attend an inquest into Masen's death later this year as they work to make sure lessons have been learned from the tragedy.
They have bravely spoken out for Baby LossAwareness Week which runs until Monday.
Mrs Rushton-Walley, 30, said: 'We are still coming to terms with losing Masen and Kole, but I hope that if any good can come from our loss, it will be that lessons will be learned and that I can help other families.
'No parents should have to go through what Daniel and I have gone through.
'The pain is excruciating and not a day goes by where I don't think about how if things had been done differently, Masen would still be with us now.
Grieving parents Daniel and Nicola Rushton-Walley (pictured with daughters Aaliyah, 13, and Keira, 7) said they want lessons to be learned from their case to ensure it never happens to another family
'We truly hope more can be done to improve care standards so other families do not face the nightmare we have been through.'
She added: 'We understood with Kole because he was poorly but with Masen we didn't understand and the second it happened at the hospital in Manchester I knew something was wrong straight away and I expressed that.
'I was worried they had made mistakes and it hurts more because he would still be here if it wasn't for errors on their side.
'It killed us taking down the nursery and the cots. It's more painful because we know he would have been here if it wasn't for St Mary's Hospital.'
The couple have two daughters, 13-year-old Aaliyah and seven-year-old Keira. They are supporting Waves of Light events which are being staged around the world as part of the awareness week. It will see candles lit for at least an hour.
Mr Rushton-Walley said: 'While we know that it's important to focus on the future, events like this help us remember Kole and Masen. It enables us to keep them close.'
Mrs Rushton-Walley said: 'It killed us taking down the nursery and the cots. It's more painful because we know he would have been here if it wasn't for St Mary's Hospital'
The couple called in specialist lawyers from legal firm Irwin Mitchell following Masen's death.
Solicitor Emma Wagstaff said: 'This is a truly heart-breaking incident, in which a couple have gone through something which simply no parent should have to face. While we accept that nothing could be done to prevent Kole's death, the care Masen received was unacceptable.
'More than two years on Nicola and Daniel are still working to come to terms with their loss. While admissions of liability have been made in the case, we are now focused on ensuring they get the justice they deserve regarding Masen's death.'
The couple have bravely spoken out for Baby LossAwareness Week which runs until Monday
Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Trust has brought in a number of changes to make sure lessons are learned following Mason's death.
In a letter to the family, trust chief executive Sir Michael Deegan said: 'On behalf of the trust, I would like to express my sincere apologies fo the delay in the removal of the endotracheal tube and the consequent failure of attempts to resuscitate baby Masen.
'We are committed to ensuring that lessons are learnt to improve care and try to avoid such failing occurring in the future. Once gain, I offer my heartfelt apologies and condolences for your loss.'
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October 12, 2018
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e chief of the southern Afghan province of Kandahar, long seen as a bulwark against the Taliban, was killed on Thursday, Afghan officials confirmed.</p><p>He was shot and killed as he was leaving a meeting in Kandahar City that was also attended by the commander of American forces in Afghanistan, Gen. Austin S. Miller, and the rest of the provincial leadership.</p><p>“General Miller is uninjured,” the American military said in a statement. Two Americans were wounded.</p><p>Reports about the fate of the governor of the province, Zalmai Wesa, and the provincial chief of intelligence were contradictory. Some officials suggested both had also been killed, while others said the intelligence chief was dead and the governor wounded.</p><p>General Raziq had previously survived dozens of attempts on his life, after growing into what many considered an indispensable figure in the south.</p>
hen hit the gas, fleeing from the dark skies and strong winds that loomed offshore. In the bus seats behind him, confused passengers barked and meowed as they were driven to safety.</p><p>To Alsup, these pets were “the leftovers." Somebody had to save them.</p><p>“It’s so easy for people to adopt the small pets and the cuties and the cuddly,” Alsup said, standing next to an old school bus that reeked of wet dog. “We take on the ones that deserve a chance even though they are big and a little ugly. But I love big dogs, and we find places for them.”</p><p>Alsup, 51, a trucker from Greenback, Tennessee, drove into South Carolina last week to fill a school bus with dogs and cats from animal shelters in the path of Hurricane Florence, which was bearing down on the Carolina coast. Florence was downgraded to a tropical storm after it made landfall Friday, but strong winds, torrential rain and flood waters have devastated communities and killed at least 11 people.</p><p>But on Monday, when the hurricane was still a few days from shore, Alsup drove his school bus to shelters in four South Carolina towns – North Myrtle Beach, Dillon, Georgetown and Orangeburg – loading up 53 dogs and 11 cats and busing them to an awaiting shelter in Foley, Alabama. From there, the pets will be spread to shelters throughout the country, ready to be adopted.</p><p>This was not Alsup’s first rescue. Over the past year, he’s hauled shelter pets out of hurricane zones in Texas and Florida and flown to Puerto Rico to save even more. Rescues like these have become a calling, Alsup said, although they actually began with a misunderstanding.</p><p>That was a year ago, as Hurricane Harvey was bearing down on Houston and Alsup saw a plea online for anyone who could help evaluate shelter pets out of the storm’s path. Alsup volunteered to transfer pets in his semi-truck. The shelters assumed he meant he could transfer dozens of dogs, while Alsup meant that he would carry a few in the cab of his truck.</p><p>“You’ve got to be very careful what you say on social media man,” Alsup said chuckling, “but I’m a man of my word. If I give you my word, it’s gonna get done.</p><p>“So I said, you know what, why don’t I just go buy a bus?”</p><p>Soon, Alsup had spent $3,200 to buy an old school bus, then drove to Texas to fill it with pets for the first time. He’s been driving into hurricane zones ever since. Sometimes he hauls supplies in. He always hauls dogs out.</p><p>“I love it,” Alsup said. “People don’t believe me, they say it’s got to be barking crazy. But no. They know I’m the Alpha dog and I’m not here to hurt them.”</p>
/p><p>Fast-growing MSC Cruises on Thursday revealed plans to add a new "ultra-luxury" division that will compete in the space currently dominated by such lines as Silversea Cruises, Seabourn Cruise Line and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. </p><p>The Switzerland-based cruise operator said it had signed a memorandum of agreement with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri for the construction of four luxury cruise ships that will roll out between 2023 and 2026. </p><p>Costing more than €2 billion in aggregate, the vessels will measure approximately 64,000 gross tons and feature 500 cabins, the company said. </p><p>Until now, MSC has focused on the mass-market side of cruising with giant, resort-like ships that compete on price and amenities with the giant vessels operated by the likes of Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line. It currently operates a fleet of 15 ships, with 10 more big vessels on order.</p><p>Still, MSC has dipped a toe into the luxury cruise market in recent years with the construction of high-end "ship-within-a-ship" luxury complexes at the top of its mass-market ships. The complexes, called MSC Yacht Clubs, feature high-end cabins, butler service, private pool areas and other luxury touches. They sell for a premium price and have been in strong demand, according to MSC executives. </p><p>“It is off the back of the great success of our ship-within-a-ship luxury concept that our guests asked us to enter into the ultra-luxury segment, as a natural evolution of the MSC Yacht Club," MSC Cruises executive chairman Pierfrancesco Vago said in a statement accompanying Thursday's announcement. "These ships will be able to offer unique itineraries, thanks to their size, and the guest services will be taken to another level."</p><p>Thursday's announcement from MSC comes just four months after cruise giant Royal Caribbean Cruises jumped into the luxury cruise segment with the acquisition of Monaco-based Silversea. Royal Caribbean Cruises is the parent company of Royal Caribbean as well as Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises. </p><p>Two other major players in mass-market cruising, Carnival and Norwegian, already have sister brands in the luxury space. Carnival's parent company owns luxury line Seabourn. Norwegian's parent company owns luxury line Regent. </p><p>A giant of cruising in Europe, MSC has had a relatively small presence in North America until recently, and it has far less name recognition in North America than such U.S.-based rivals as Royal Caribbean, Carnival and Norwegian. But after years of focusing its growth on Europe, the company has begun turning its attention to the North American market in a bigger way. In December, it devoted its newest ship, the 4,138-passenger MSC Seaside, full time to the North American market. </p><p>MSC has released few details about the new luxury ships it plans other than to say they would "showcase highly-innovative design as well as introduce ground-breaking options for guest comfort and relaxation." </p>
sion.</p><p>President Trump threatened to mobilize the military and even close the border if Mexico fails to stop the thousands of migrants heading toward the United States.</p><p>In another posting, he continued to blast Democrats for being weak on immigration and repeated warnings that he would curb aid to the Central American countries that do no halt the caravan.</p><p>In a third tweet, he emphasized the importance he places on stopping the migrants from entering the country.</p><p>The procession of migrants from Central American companies began last Friday and the number has swelled to more than 4,000.</p><p>By Wednesday they had crossed the Guatemalan border and were continuing their march to the United States.</p><p>The migrants said they are fleeing violence and poverty in their countries and many of them blame Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez for not doing enough to raise living conditions.</p><p>One of the migrants said he heard about Trump’s threats from earlier this week but decided to keep on anyway.</p><p>“We are going to continue,” 32-year-old Luis Navarreto told the Associated Press. “It is God who decides here. We have no other option but to move ahead.”</p><p>The president ordered states to deploy their NatFional Guard units last April to help federal agents along the border with security.</p><p>In a tweet on Wednesday, Trump called on Republicans to push immigration as an issue for voters in November’s midterm elections while hammering Democrats.</p><p> News Corp. is a network of leading companies in the world of diversified media, news, and information services. </p>
d explain Britain’s rights to the EU’s market as if the UK were “very, very stupid children”.</p><p>The German host also ridiculed members of the UK Government, including Prime Minister Theresa May and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt for their “brazen lies”.</p><p>Speaking on the Heute Show, a late night satirical TV programme, he said: “They’ve been caught out several times telling lies and now they are continuing to tell even more brazen lies.</p><p>“Just his week, Theresa May’s foreign minister described the EU as a prison and compared it to the Soviet Union… the EU.</p><p>“Just because they will no longer get full access to our single market after leaving the EU.”</p><p>Speaking directly to the camera, with a picture of Boris Johnson depicted in a straightjacket on the screen, he said: “You wanted to leave didn’t you?</p><p>“In the meantime, I think you need a ‘Brexorcist’ for these idiots, my friends, seriously… Yes it’s not an exaggeration”.</p><p> I think you need a ‘Brexorcist’ for these idiots </p><p>Viewers of the late night TV show were also shown a satirical picture of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, holding a cross, as she stands over a bruised and bloodied Mrs May lying in a hospital bed.</p><p>During the bizarre rant, Mr Welke went on saying: “Hey English people auntie Angela will explain it to you once again as if you were very, very stupid children”.</p><p>A clip was then shown of Mrs Merkel explaining the UK’s access to the single market following its exit from the EU, where she says: “But it’s just that there are always a couple of benchmarks.</p><p>“One of these benchmarks is that you cannot belong to the single market if you are not part of the single market.”</p><p>In one last dig before, donning what he called a Boris Johnson sock puppet, Mr Welke added: “Yes precisely English people, you are only in the single market if you are in the single market.. Understood? Got it”.</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive. </p>
, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.</p><p>The CDC has been investigating at least 386 possible cases of acute flaccid myelitis dating back to 2014, and recently confirmed 62 cases in 22 states this year.</p><p>Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said this "dramatic" and serious disease is causing a lot of concern nationwide. Of the confirmed cases, 90 percent are children. The average age is 4 years old. </p><p>"We know this can be frightening for parents," Messonnier said in a news briefing. </p><p>Acute flaccid myelitis is a rare condition that affects the area of spinal cord called gray matter and can cause paralysis. The CDC said the cause of most AFM cases is unknown, but a few cases have been linked to other viruses. There is no specific treatment for it and longterm implications are unknown. </p><p>"I encourage parents to seek medical care right away if you or your child develop sudden weakness or loss of muscle tone in the arms or legs," Messonnier said. Symptoms include drooping face and eyelids, difficulty with eye movement and swallowing, and slurred speech. In severe cases, children might have trouble breathing and need a ventilator because of muscle weakness. </p><p>Yes, there is one report of a child dying from AFM in 2017.</p><p>Though cases have been on the rise since 2014, AFM still affects a small population – less than one in a million people in the U.S. annually. </p><p>The CDC recommends people follow normal disease prevention steps, including staying current on vaccines, washing hands and wearing insect repellent. </p>
lion: Your dream house, the fanciest sports car on the market, or a few dozen luxurious trips around the world.</p><p>While $1 million will go a long way in most areas of life, it may not be enough to get you through retirement -- even if you're not yachting through the Caribbean or living in a 10-bedroom mansion.</p><p>One of the biggest challenges of saving for retirement is accumulating enough money to cover rising healthcare costs and combat the wealth-eroding effects of inflation.</p><p>The average 65-year-old couple retiring now can expect to spend roughly $280,000 on healthcare alone during retirement, according to Fidelity Investments. That's a 75 percent increase from when Fidelity first started conducting the study back in 2002. If healthcare costs continue to increase at that rate, you can expect to pay nearly half a million dollars in healthcare expenses alone during if you retire at age 65 in 2034.</p><p>Inflation also can take a bite out of your investments, especially if you're still a few decades away from retirement. For example, say you're 40 years old and are on track to save $1 million by the time you turn 65 in 2043. Assuming an inflation rate of 3 percent per year, in 2043 the equivalent to $1 million in 2018 dollars will be $2.1 million. In other words, the same goods and services will cost around twice as much by the time you retire. That also means that if you have $1 million in savings at age 65, it will only go half as far as you originally expected.</p><p>Furthermore, say you spend 20 years in retirement. That $1 million in 2018 dollars will be equivalent $3.8 million by 2063, again assuming a 3 percent annual inflation rate. In other words, while $1 million may seem like a lot now, in 45 years, everything could be around four times as expensive -- and your retirement fund will need to keep up.</p><p>Although it may seem daunting to figure out how much you'll need to have saved by retirement (especially if it's more than $1 million), taking it one step at a time makes it much less overwhelming. To start, calculate roughly how much money you'll need each year to get by.</p><p>To do this, begin with a budget. Keep in mind that your retirement budget may be slightly different from your pre-retirement budget -- you may not have commuting costs, for example, but you could be spending more on hobbies or travel. It doesn't have to be exact, but try your best to come up with an accurate picture of how much you'll need each year.</p><p>Then, multiply that number by 25 to estimate how much you'll need to save in total based on what you'll need each year. So if you've determined that you'll need about $50,000 each year during retirement, multiply that by 25, and you'll need roughly $1.25 million to comfortably retire. Keep in mind that that number is in today's dollars. If you're, say, 20 years away from retirement and we assume an inflation rate of 3 percent per year, that $1.25 million will be worth around $2.25 million in 2038 -- meaning that's how much you'll actually need to have saved in 20 years. That being said, it's much easier to calculate all your numbers in today's dollars and then, as a last step, convert them to inflation-adjusted future dollars to see how much you'll actually need.</p><p>The "multiply by 25" rule is based on the 4 percent rule, which states that you can withdraw 4 percent of your nest egg during the first year of retirement and then adjust that number each subsequent year to account for inflation. So if you have $1.25 million saved by the time you retire, 4 percent of that amounts to $50,000. Then, if you increase your withdrawal by 3 percent the next year for inflation, you'd withdraw $51,500, and so on.</p><p>Keep in mind that these are just guidelines -- not hard-and-fast rules. You may need more or less money depending on your unique situation (for instance, if you'll require long-term care in the future). But this a good way to get started and at least put yourself in the ballpark.</p><p>As it is, hearing that it will likely take more than $1 million to retire comfortably can be discouraging if you're struggling to save. And if you're having a hard time socking money away for retirement, you're not alone -- a third of Americans have nothing at all saved for retirement, according to a survey from GOBankingRates, and more than half (56 percent) have less than $10,000 saved.</p><p>Even if you can't save $1 million (or more) by the time you retire, that doesn't mean you shouldn't save as much as you can during the time you have left. It's never too late to get started, and you can still save thousands (or hundreds of thousands) of dollars if you're strategic and aggressive.</p><p>First, if your employer offers matching 401(k) contributions, make sure you contribute at least enough money to receive the full match -- otherwise, you're leaving free money on the table. Second, consider delaying Social Security benefits by a few years to earn larger checks. While you can start claiming benefits as early as 62, for each month you wait past that age (until you reach age 70), you'll receive slightly bigger checks. And if you also continue to work during those years, that will give you more time to save as well. Even small changes can amount to significant gains over time, and doing anything is better than doing nothing.</p><p>For example, say you're 45 years old with nothing saved for retirement. You're earning $50,000 per year, and your employer will match 100 percent of your 401(k) contributions up to 3 percent of your salary, or $1,500 per year. If you're serious about saving for retirement, you should ideally be contributing at least 10 percent of your salary (or $5,000 per year, in this case). So if you're saving $5,000 per year yourself and getting an additional $1,500 per year from your employer, you'll be contributing a total of $6,500 per year to your retirement fund. Assuming you earn a 7 percent annual rate of return on your investments, here's what you'd have saved over time:</p><p>While it's nowhere near $1 million, it's certainly better than nothing. And if your full retirement age is, say, 66 years old, you could receive a 32 percent boost in your Social Security benefits by waiting until age 70 to claim them. If your full benefit amount (or the amount you're theoretically entitled to if you claim when you reach your full retirement age) is $1,300, for example, that means you'd be receiving checks worth $1,716 each month by waiting until age 70 to file -- which can go a long way if your personal savings are falling a bit short.</p><p>It can be daunting to save for retirement with everyday expenses and inflation working against you, but it's far from impossible. Even if you can't reach the lofty goal of saving more than $1 million, the most important thing you can do is start saving whatever you can immediately.</p>
'Halloween' star Jamie Lee Curtis goes where the love is, after sobriety changed 'everything'
nection. She will relate, she will pound her fist on the table, she will declare herself. She turns 60 next month, and the real bone chiller is leaving this earth with ideas left on the table.</p><p>“I want to die having said something,” she says firmly.</p><p>It’s a beautiful, weird, emotional time for her. “Halloween” arrives in theaters Friday, a sequel that critics have hailed as the best installment of the horror franchise since the 1978 original, with an 86% fresh rating on review site Rotten Tomatoes. This is the franchise that made her famous at age 20. Her first real job.</p><p>The new “Halloween” finds Laurie Strode as a grandmother who stockpiles weapons (and, yes, that includes guns) and escape plans, knowing that one day the murderous, masked Michael Myers will return. (The new film basically ignores the plot structures of all sequels that came before it.) She has pushed away her daughter (Judy Greer), who considers her paranoid and unstable. She is close only to her granddaughter (Andi Matichak).</p><p>In one scene, Laurie waits in her car as Michael is transferred by bus from his asylum to a new prison. Rage courses through her like the booze in her cup; a gun waits by her side. It was Curtis' last day of shooting, and to honor her, the crew donned name tags that read, "I am Laurie Strode." </p><p>"They didn’t say a word," Curtis says. "And what they were saying was: 'We love you. We love Laurie. We are all traumatized. And we are all together with you.'"</p><p>"Halloween" is a film that pulses with the repercussions of trauma. It's a horror movie, sure, but the film's timeliness is arresting; Curtis reminds that this interview is taking place on the exact one-year anniversary of when Harvey Weinstein’s world imploded and just after Bill Cosby went to jail. A week after Christine Blasey Ford testified on Capitol Hill.</p><p>In the original "Halloween," Laurie, 17, once a promising, curious, college-bound teen, "became a freak," Curtis says, after Michael's killing spree. The latest film bookends the causal effect of Laurie's nightmare, offering a very 2018 twist in its bloody finale. "It was beautiful to watch what happened with Laurie Strode and her daughter and her granddaughter and watch three women take back the power from a perpetrator," she says.</p><p>Curtis knows she’s talking about fictional suffering as she makes the rounds for "Halloween." “But do you really think it’s fiction for me?” she asks.</p><p>Curtis will go down in history as a legendary scream queen; she knows it's inevitable. “All I hear is the grading, the rank ordering in my industry. A-list. A-listers. I’m in B-movies. That’s how I’ve buttered my bread. And horror movies are like at the bottom end of the scale.” </p><p>Breakout films like "True Lies," "A Fish Called Wanda" and "Trading Places" were hard-won. She’s grateful, says Curtis, who is married to filmmaker Christopher Guest ("This Is Spinal Tap," "Mascots"). “But I’m saying there are many directors I admire. I am a film lover, I am a reader, I was born and raised here, I married a film director, we have friends, we are in circles, we know people – none of them have ever hired me."</p><p>Her gaze is unwavering. "And at some point you have to be OK with it. Because if not, it will make you crazy. I have accepted long ago to go where the love is. Be with people who love you, meaning be with people who want to work with you." </p><p>Over the past 20 years, her sober years, Curtis – the daughter of Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh – confronted a new normal. She recalls being a new mom on a "hamster wheel" of work, marriage and motherhood: "I think I was replicating my mom and really trying to just make everybody happy," says the actress, mother of Annie, 31, and Thomas, 22.</p><p>Take 1987, the summer she shot "A Fish Called Wanda," the John Cleese comedy that showcased her talents inside a brainy comedy.</p><p>"My memory of 'A Fish Called Wanda' is that I cried every day to and from work. Not that I laughed, not that it was super-fun, nothing," she says. "My memory of 'A Fish Called Wanda' was leaving my sleeping 6-month-old daughter, going to work an hour away and then working 12 hours, sometimes more, and then an hour back, often to a child asleep again. And that was like the beginning of it all for me."</p><p>A brutal alcohol and opioid addiction followed. “As soon as I got sober, which is 20 years coming up in February, everything changed," she says. "Because it was a big, big acknowledgment that I could not do all of the things I was trying to do."</p><p>Curtis calls herself lucky. To have hit bottom while she was still employed and loved. To have had access to help. "I have made shifts along the way," she says, but acknowledging and honoring her personal bandwidth: "That’s the single greatest accomplishment of my life.”</p>
Mistura, said Wednesday that he would step down at the end of November, becoming the third diplomat to leave the job since Syria’s civil war began in 2011.</p><p>Mr. de Mistura announced his resignation as special envoy during a meeting of the Security Council after four years and four months in the role, at a time when the future of Syria is uncertain. His departure could complicate efforts to negotiate an end to the war as it is winding down.</p><p>While his predecessors left the job out of frustration, Mr. de Mistura, 71, said he was leaving for “purely personal reasons,” adding, “I will definitely not say goodbye or engage in reflections today.”</p><p>The conflict, which began as a popular uprising in 2011 before degenerating into civil war, has killed hundreds of thousands of people and displaced millions.</p><p>The United Nations-backed peace process, the so-called Geneva talks, are the longest running attempt at peacemaking in Syria and have been convened eight times with no significant progress. While the talks have deadlocked, the Syrian government, with its Iranian and Russian allies, has nearly succeeded in defeating the opposition.</p><p>Those Russia-led talks also created a framework to establish a committee to write a new Constitution for Syria, a goal Mr. de Mistura has pushed for.</p><p>Mr. de Mistura had previously served as a deputy foreign minister in the Italian government and as the head of the United Nations mission in Afghanistan.</p><p>Jan Egeland, the secretary general of the Norwegian Refugee Council, who worked closely with him, expressed admiration for his “herculean effort, every day, every night, every weekend” for four years trying to bring parties to the Syrian conflict to the negotiating table.</p><p>“It’s been the same uphill battle his predecessors faced, but against all the odds, there have been a number of achievements,” Mr. Egeland said.</p><p>He said that Mr. de Mistura had made the peace process more inclusive, bringing in civil society groups and women, and had also spoken bluntly about atrocities and abuse of civilians.</p><p>“It’s been one crisis and horror after another, from Homs to Aleppo, to Raqqa to Eastern Ghouta to Daraa and now Idlib,” Mr. Egeland said. “There never seems to be a good time to step down.”</p><p>Mr. de Mistura said that he had not given up on the peace process, and that he would spend his last month in the job working to create a “credible and balanced” constitutional committee for Syria.</p><p>“A month can be a century in politics,” he said. “We will still have a very intense and, hopefully, fruitful month ahead. I am not laying down the charge until the last hour of the last day of my mandate.”</p><p>Megan Specia reported from New York, and Nick Cumming-Bruce from Geneva.</p>
life terms in a maximum-security Athens prison, is severely disabled.</p><p> Xiros was badly injured when a bomb he was trying to plant exploded prematurely in 2002 in Athens. He was arrested and his interrogation led to the quick unravelling of the previously elusive group that killed 23 Western diplomats and Greeks between 1975 and 2000.</p><p> Two of Xiros' brothers were among the group's members.</p><p> Recent legislation designed to ease overcrowding in Greek prisons has made it quicker to release convicts on health and other grounds.</p>