Saturday 16 December 2017

Tobacco firm in legal challenge

ONE of the world's biggest tobacco firms has launched a legal bid to halt the Government's controversial plain packaging measures, the Herald can reveal.

Japan Tobacco International (JTI) formally lodged papers in the High Court yesterday which name the State, the Attorney General and Health Minister Leo Varadkar as defendants.

While tobacco firms have previously threatened legal action over the plain packaging measures, JTI is understood to be the first to launch a legal bid. The cigarette giant, which owns the Benson & Hedges and Silk Cut brands, is challenging the Government's right under EU law to introduce non-branded packaging.

Olmert guilty of corruption

Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert has been found guilty by the Jerusalem District Court of accepting bribes in a retrial of corruption charges. He is expected to appeal.

Olmert had been acquitted in 2012 of charges that included accepting cash-stuffed envelopes containing hundreds of thousands of dollars from a US businessman before he became prime minister.

But his former office manager later turned state's witness, offering tapes of conversations with Olmert about illicitly receiving cash.

Woman killed by wild rhino

A wild rhino charged into a city in southern Nepal yesterday, killing a woman, injuring several others and chasing panicked people through the main market and a hospital.

Attempts to force the rhino out of Hetauda city by honking car horns and beating drums were unsuccessful, with the animal running from one area to another, officials said.

Noel Edmonds tops TV poll

Noel Edmonds has beaten Ant and Dec to be named the UK's favourite children's TV presenter - by parents.

The 66-year-old hosted BBC Saturday morning show Swap Shop from 1976 to 1982. Also in the top 10 were Valerie Singleton (3, Blue Peter), Chris Tarrant (4, Tiswas) and Eamonn Andrews (6, Crackerjack).

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