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UN expert: Myanmar's pledge for clean polls 'preposterous'

Jun. 23, 2022 04:22 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Military-ruled Myanmar's promise of free and fair elections next year is “preposterous,” a U.N. expert said Thursday as he warned the international community not to fall for the army regime's propaganda to legitimize its rule. Tom Andrews, the U.N....

Editorial Roundup:

Jun. 22, 2022 13:30 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: June 21 The Washington Post says it is crucial the White House stick up for what would be the FDA’s most assertive antismoking policy ever. The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday...

Buffalo supermarket gunman charged with federal hate crimes

Jun. 15, 2022 17:54 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The white gunman who killed 10 Black people in a racist attack at a Buffalo supermarket was charged Wednesday with federal hate crimes that could potentially carry a death penalty. The criminal complaint filed Wednesday against Payton Gendron coincided with a...

Lawmaker: Report shows Oklahoma death row inmate's innocence

Jun. 15, 2022 17:46 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Republican Oklahoma state representative who is a self-described death-penalty supporter on Wednesday said a report by a Houston law firm into the conviction of death row inmate Richard Glossip proves Glossip's innocence. “We've got an individual sitting on...

Tennessee execution pause through 2022 could last longer

Jun. 13, 2022 11:49 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — After Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee halted a lethal injection in April because he learned the drugs hadn't been tested as required, he ordered an independent investigation and paused all executions through the end of the year. Now, it's clear that Tennessee's...

Cambodian leader asks Myanmar to reconsider foes' executions

Jun. 11, 2022 08:18 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia’s prime minister urged military-ruled Myanmar to reconsider the death sentences against four political opponents, suggesting that executing them will draw strong international condemnation and complicate efforts to restore peace to the strife-torn nation. ...

Malaysia agrees to abolish mandatory death penalty

Jun. 10, 2022 08:22 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia has agreed to abolish the mandatory death penalty and allow judges to set alternative punishments for a range of offenses, the country's law minister said Friday. The government will study other proposed punishments for 11 offenses that...

Arizona executes Frank Atwood for 1984 killing of young girl

Jun. 08, 2022 18:57 PM EDT

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona man convicted of murder in the 1984 killing of an 8-year-old girl was put to death Wednesday in the state’s second execution since officials resumed carrying out the death penalty in May following a nearly eight-year hiatus. Frank Atwood, 66,...

Arizona prisoner asks Supreme Court to delay his execution

Jun. 07, 2022 19:26 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona prisoner made a last-minute request to the U.S. Supreme Court to delay his execution scheduled Wednesday for his murder conviction in the 1984 killing of an 8-year-old girl. Frank Atwood made the request Tuesday after a lower court rejected his arguments...

Arizona prisoner asks appeals court to delay his execution

Jun. 06, 2022 19:25 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — An attorney for an Arizona death-row prisoner has urged an appeals court to call off the execution scheduled for Wednesday of his client who was convicted in the 1984 killing of an 8-year-old girl, arguing the condemned man’s spinal condition would make it excruciatingly painful...