By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The chief U.N. investigator into human rights abuses in North Korea appealed to the U.N. Security Council on Thursday to refer the situation in the reclusive Asian state to the International Criminal Court for prosecution. "In a week of many grave human rights matters occupying the attention of the members of this council, we dare say that the case of human rights in the DPRK (Democratic People Republic of Korea) exceeds all others in duration, intensity and horror," Michael Kirby told an informal meeting of the 15-member council. A year-long U.N. inquiry, led by Kirby, concluded in a February 17 report that North Korean security chiefs and possibly even Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un himself should face international justice for ordering systematic torture, starvation and killings comparable to Nazi-era atrocities.
Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard signed a contract extension on Thursday which will keep him at the Premier League club until 2018. Howard has been rewarded for another strong season which has seen the United States international produce a series of outstanding performances as the Toffees challenge for a Champions League place. To have Tim Howard performing as he has been this season, I cannot see past him to choose the best goalkeeper in the league," said Everton manager Roberto Martinez, whose side are in fifth place, one point behind Arsenal in the race for a top-four finish.
America's former first daughter Chelsea Clinton said Thursday that she is to be a mother for the first time, giving her delighted parents Bill and Hillary a long-awaited grandchild. Chelsea, 34, made the announcement at a public event with her mother in New York organized by a Clinton Foundation initiative to advance the cause of women and girls around the world. "Marc and I are very excited that we have our first child arriving later this year," Chelsea told the audience at the Lower Eastside Girls Club, to whoops of delight from the crowd. "Excited to add a new line to my Twitter bio... grandfather-to-be! @HillaryClinton and I are so happy for Chelsea and Marc!," tweeted Bill.