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World briefs: Vietnam baby fraud trial begins

A court in northern Vietnam has put 16 people on trial for allegedly selling more than 250 babies for foreign adoption.

The head of two social welfare centres in Nam Dinh province as well as several doctors and nurses at village clinics went on trial yesterday, said Dang Viet Hung, the chief judge at the court hearing the case. The defendants are charged with “abuse of power and authority” and could face prison terms of five to 10 years. The defendants allegedly solicited infants from poor families and falsified documents claiming that the babies had been abandoned.

Oxfam warning over Yemen crisis

Oxfam warned yesterday that the humanitarian crisis in northern Yemen is deepening and could worsen if an immediate ceasefire is not reached. The aid agency called for an end to the fighting between government and rebels in north Yemen and for a safe passage of aid. Yemen's government is embroiled in a five-year conflict with Shia rebels that flared anew in the past weeks.

Police duo fired for Tasering OAP

A small-town police department in Wyoming has fired two officers who used a Taser gun on a 76-year-old tractor driver during a parade in August. Investigators said Bud Grose disobeyed an officer's traffic command while driving an antique tractor during the parade.

Man held over road pot farm

A man has been arrested in Greece for growing marijuana on the central reservation of the country's main motorway. The 35-year-old was caught harvesting 42 saplings up to 6ft high in the middle of the six-lane road linking Athens with Thessaloniki near the town of Katerini.

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