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India’s top court approves passive euthanasia

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NEW DELHI — The Supreme Court of India has given conditional approval for passive euthanasia on Friday in a milestone verdict expanding the right to life to incorporate the right to die with dignity.

Passive euthanasia involves withdrawal of medical treatment with the deliberate intention to hasten the death of a terminally-ill patient.

In a historic verdict, the Constitution Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan has also allowed ‘living will’ that will authorise the withdrawal of all life support systems if in the opinion of the doctors he has reached an irreversible stage of terminal illness.

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Common Cause, an NGO working in India had moved the top court way back in 2005 seeking right to make a ‘living will’ authorising withdrawal of life support system in the event of will makers reaching irreversible vegetative state.

A ‘living will’ is made by a person in his normal state of mind that is to be executed in the event of a terminal illness if he reaches an irreversible vegetative state.

The Supreme Court has also issued strict guidelines and said the guidelines will remain in force till a law is in place.

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19 killed in Islamist militant attack on Nigerian village

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MAIDUGURI— At least 19 people have been killed in an Islamist militant attack on a village in northeast Nigeria, a survivor of the attack said.

The militants attacked the village of Mailari in the Guzamala region of Borno state at around 2 am Sunday, according to the survivor, Abatcha Umar.

The strike is the latest blow to Nigeria’s efforts to defeat insurgencies by the Nigerian Islamist Boko Haram group and Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA).

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Umar said he had counted 19 people killed. However,an aid worker at a camp that received the survivors, and who declined to be identified, put the death toll at 63.

The Islamist militants had been spotted around the village three days before their attack, said Umar. Locals had warned Nigerian troops stationed in the nearby town of Gudumbali, but no action was taken, he said.

In recent months, the military has suffered its heaviest defeats in years, commanders have been repeatedly replaced, and special forces soldiers have mutinied.

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