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Ex-garda's bid to halt sex trial

A RETIRED garda charged with sexually abusing two girls more than 25 years ago is trying to halt his trial, the High Court heard.

Lawyers for the former garda, who is in his 70s and cannot be identified for legal reasons, claim there is a real risk he cannot receive a fair trial on grounds including delay and that he is now suffering from memory loss.

He is facing dozens of charges of indecent assault on the two girls in the mid-1970s.

The DPP is opposing his application to halt the trial.

The action seeking to halt the trial began before Mr Justice Michael Hanna yesterday and will resume later this month.

Teens face child traffick charges

Dozens of pregnant teenagers could face charges after being accused of planning to sell their babies into a growing child trafficking trade in Nigeria's southeast, officials said.

Thirty-two girls between 15 and 18 years old were arrested during the raid of an illegal clinic in Aba in Abia state on Saturday, the state police chief said. Police believe the children were destined to be trafficked in Africa's most populous country.

Town's girls may live to 119

Newborn girls in one suburb can expect to live to the age of 119 -- almost 40 years longer than the national predicted lifespan.

But while the figures released by the Office of National Statistics may seem like good news for the women of Moreton Hall, on the outskirts of Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, England, they have been dismissed as a statistical anomaly.

Water-skiing elephant dies

An Asian elephant that gained fame by water skiing decades ago has died, operators at a US theme park announced.

The Valdosta Daily Times reported that 59-year-old Queenie was put to sleep after her health deteriorated.

Al Kordowski, director of zoological operations at Wild Adventures in Valdosta, Georgia, said the animal had suffered from declining quality of life and chronic health issues.