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Suicide charge

Jack Kevorkian, the retired pathologist who has assisted in 17 suicides, yesterday became the first person charged with violating Michigan's new suicide law for helping a man take his own life earlier this month, Reuter reports from Detroit.

The charge, which was widely expected, marks the third time Dr Kevorkian has been prosecuted for assisting a suicide since 1990.