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Tuesday 12 December 2017

IN BRIEF: Woman's 'rape ordeal' recalled

THE trial of three men accused of the gang rape of a pregnant woman has been told the alleged victim had to be helped downstairs by gardai.

The woman has previously given evidence that she was held down while the three men took turns raping her after a row over missing vodka.

It is also alleged that her boyfriend was beaten and knocked unconscious.

All three have pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to all counts. The attacks are alleged to have taken place between November 15 and November 19, 2010, in a house in Co Monaghan.

The trial continues.

Fugitive on US terror charge

A man from Uzbekistan who the US and the United Nations helped relocate to Colorado now faces a terrorism charge.

Jamshid Muhtorov (35) opposed his home country's dictator following a 2005 massacre, endured a brutal detention, and saw his sister arrested on a false murder charge.

The US and the UN helped relocate him to Aurora in 2007. Now, he is accused of providing material support and attempting to provide material support to the Islamic Jihad Union, a violent group which opposes the Uzbek government.



Ranger tasers dog walker

A man walking his dogs in a California park was hit with a stun gun and arrested by a park ranger who accused him of not putting a leash on the animals.

The ranger deployed the Taser stun gun on Gary Hesterberg after he ignored the ranger's orders and tried to walk away, the National Park Service said.



1m birth control packs recalled

Pfizer Inc has recalled one million birth-control packs after discovering that pills were mixed up inside the packages, possibly putting women at risk of unintended pregnancies.

The company recalled 14 lots of Lo/Ovral-28 tablets and 14 lots of a generic version of the medicine, New York-based Pfizer said yesterday in an email.

About one million packs of 28 tablets were withdrawn, a Pfizer spokeswoman announced.

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