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Thursday 24 August 2017

Relatives ask for charge review

The family of a 70-year-old woman killed in a road traffic incident have formally asked the Director of Public Prosecutions to review charges brought against the driver of the car, a court has heard.

Maura Porter died on New Year's Eve last year, six hours after the incident close to her home in Carndonagh, Co Donegal.

Austin Stewart (46), with an address at Ballinahone, Fahan, appeared at Carndonagh District Court yesterday to face four charges.

He was charged with driving without an NCT certificate, driving a vehicle with a defective headlight, driving a vehicle with a bald tyre and failing to display an NCT certificate.

Inspector David Murphy told the court that he was seeking an adjournment in the case having learned that the Porter family planned to use an appeal mechanism to ask the DPP to review the charges.

Shot driver 'drove to kill'

A Canadian man who was killed by police after trying to run over two soldiers in Quebec "had become radicalised," the government said after the first such incident in Canada since the country joined the fight against Islamic State militants.

Canadian media, citing police, identified the driver as Martin Couture-Rouleau, a resident of a town near Montreal.

Trials set for Ebola vaccine

The hunt for an Ebola vaccine will produce data soon about whether two experimental vaccines are safe and could lead to larger medical trials in West Africa by January, a World Health Organisation official has said.

Dr Marie Paule Kieny, an assistant director general for WHO, said clinical trials either planned or under way in Europe, Africa and the US are expected to produce preliminary safety data by December.

North Koreans free US man

American detainee Jeffrey Fowle (56) has been released from North Korea, nearly six months after he was taken into custody on charges of leaving a Bible in a nightclub. Two other Americans are still being held.

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