THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The international chemical weapons watchdog was meeting Friday to endorse a plan to destroy Syria's deadly poison gas and nerve agent arsenal, most likely outside the country. Approval by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons of a destruction plan is a crucial step in the international community's efforts to eliminate President Bashar Assad's stockpile that is believed to include mustard gas and sarin. By Mike Corder.


ATHENS, Greece — Twelve migrants were found dead Friday and 15 were rescued after a boat capsized in western Greece, authorities said, while a coast guard search continued for more possible victims and survivors. The Merchant Marine Ministry said the incident occurred early Friday, off the coast of Lefkada, an island in the Ionian Sea and the migrants were presumed to have been headed to nearby Italy. There was no immediate indication of where the voyage originated.


MOSCOW — The organizers of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi have introduced some of the most extensive identity checks and sweeping security measures ever seen at an international sports event, raising concerns that they are stifling dissent and violating privacy under the pretext of fulfilling their pledge to make the Winter Games in Sochi "the safest Olympics in history." By Vladimir Isachenkov. UPCOMING: 1,050 words by 1000 GMT. With photos.


TYN NAD VLTAVOU, Czech Republic — Just three years ago, the only thing that Zdenek Majzlik knew about cannabis was that it's good stuff for making rope. Today, the 67-year-old is an experienced grower who cultivates pot for his multiple sclerosis-stricken daughter. Majzlik faces a thorny dilemma: The Czech Republic legalized medical marijuana use this year, but maintained strict restrictions on growing, selling and importing it. For Majzlik, the solution is flouting the law to grow pot for his daughter — among some 20,000 patients estimated to be eligible for cannabis treatment who have no chance to access it legally. By Karel Janicek. UPCOMING: 950 words. With Photos and Video. By 0900 GMT.