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Drone delivers vaccines in key Vanuatu trial

VANUATU: A one-month-old on a remote island in the Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu became the first child to be immunised in a commercial trial of drone-delivered vaccines, the UN children's fund UNICEF said Tuesday. Aid agencies hope the successful run in the country, where one in five children is not fully immunised, could eventually help governments and organisations reach others in far-flung places around the world. "Today's small flight by drone is a big leap for global health," UNICEF executive director Henrietta Fore…

German nurse admits to killing 100 patients as trial opens

Former nurse Niels Hoegel admitted Tuesday to killing 100 patients in his care, on the first day of his trial in the biggest serial killing case in Germany's post-war history. Hoegel, 41, has already spent nearly a decade in prison on a life term for other patient deaths, and is accused of intentionally administering medical overdoses to victims so he could bring them back to life at the last moment. As the proceedings opened in the northern city of Oldenburg, presiding judge Sebastian Buehrmann asked whether the…

Cabinet takes back decision to hold Nawaz, Maryam’s trial in jail

ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet on Wednesday took back decision to hold trial of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and members of his family in the two pending cases inside jail.  Caretaker Prime Minister Justice (retd) Nasirul Mulk presided over a meeting of the cabinet in Islamabad in which a number of important decisions were made. The cabinet decided to withdraw a notification to conduct trial of the Sharif family in the two cases in Adiala jail. Briefing about the meeting, Caretaker Minister for Information and…

Court gets one month to wrap up trial against Sharifs

LAHORE: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Sunday gave one more month to the accountability court hearing corruption references against former premier Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law to complete the proceedings. Headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar a bench of the apex court took up an application filed by the accountability judge seeking an extension in the time frame to complete the trial proceedings. Sharif's counsel Khawaja Haris and a NAB lawyer appeared before the bench today. During hearing at the…

Last witness testifies against Sharifs in Avenfield case

ISLAMABAD: An accountability court here on Monday recorded testimony of another witness, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Operations Director General Zahir Shah, against former premier Nawaz Sharif and members of his family in the Avenfield case.   Accountability Judge Muhammad Bashir recorded statement of the witness, after which defence lawyer Khawaja Haris  began cross-examining him. The witness submitted new documents about the Avenfield properties' ownership, bills and tax record which he said were received in…

Nawaz, Maryam reiterate call for live telecast of graft trial

ISLAMABAD: Former premier and PML-N Quaid Nawaz Sharif said on Monday he will hold consultation with his lawyer on whether to move an application in the accountability court seeking permission for live telecast of his and family members’ trial on corruption charges. Speaking to the media inside the accountability court, Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz reiterated the call for live broadcast of the trial proceedings of the graft cases filed against them by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). To a query whether…

Maryam wants live telecast of trial in corruption cases

ISLAMABAD: Maryam Nawaz, daughter of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, on Wednesday demanded live broadcast of their trial in references filed against them by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to "let the nation know the truth." Shortly after her appearance along with her father in the accountability court hearing the graft cases, Maryam took to Twitter to demand: “The entire trial proceedings of NAB court against Nawaz Sharif and me should be live telecast so that the nation can know the truth.” …

Stockholm truck attacker pleads guilty as trial opens

STOCKHOLM: An Uzbek asylum seeker who confessed to wanting to mow down "infidels" in an April 2017 Stockholm truck attack that killed five people pleaded guilty to terrorism charges on Tuesday as his trial opened. Rakhmat Akilov appeared handcuffed in Stockholm's special high-security courtroom, wearing green prison clothes and with a shaved head and a beard, accompanied by his lawyer Johan Eriksson. Akilov, whose Swedish asylum application had been rejected in 2016, had sworn allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) group…