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Lawyers want Nevada to ban executions of mentally ill

Oct. 8, 2019 6:43 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The American Bar Association wants the Nevada Supreme Court to rule that people suffering from severe mental illness should be ineligible for the death penalty. The national group of lawyers and legal scholars made the argument in joining an appeal challenging the death sentence of a man...

Tonga's Manu beats cancer and chemotherapy to play at RWC

Sep. 20, 2019 5:49 AM EDT

SAPPORO, Japan (AP) — No matter the score, if Nasi Manu gets on the field for Tonga in the Rugby World Cup game against England on Sunday it'll be a triumph. In many ways it already is. The 31-year-old Manu is on the brink of playing his first game at the World Cup, and first since being diagnosed with...

Tonga in national holiday to bid farewell to leader Pohiva

Sep. 19, 2019 9:24 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Hundreds of mourners packed a church service on Thursday and children stood vigil on downtown streets as Tonga took a national holiday to bid farewell to Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva at a state funeral. During a political career that began more than three decades ago,...

Tonga's prime minister, who nurtured democracy, dies at 78

Sep. 12, 2019 3:05 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Tongan Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva, who helped wrest power from the royal family and bring greater democracy to the small Pacific island nation, died Thursday. He was 78. Pohiva died at the Auckland City Hospital at about 9 a.m. after being medically evacuated to New...