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Mexican-born engineer pushing for more diversity in space

Jun. 03, 2022 01:23 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Growing up in Guadalajara, Mexico, Katya Echazarreta was encouraged to abandon her dreams of traveling to space. “Everyone around me — family, friends, teachers — I just kept hearing the same thing: That’s not for you,” Echazarreta told The Associated...

Another Malaysian to be hanged in Singapore wins reprieve

Apr. 28, 2022 10:56 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — A second Malaysian man due to be hanged in Singapore this week for drug trafficking won a last-minute reprieve Thursday from the top court. Datchinamurthy Kataiah, 36, was scheduled to be hanged Friday, just two days after the execution of a Malaysian man that...

Singapore executes Malaysian despite pleas he was disabled

Apr. 27, 2022 05:20 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore on Wednesday executed a Malaysian man convicted of drug smuggling after a court dismissed a last-minute challenge from his mother and international pleas to spare him on grounds he was mentally disabled. Nagaenthran K. Dharmalingam, 34, had been on death...

Singapore court dismisses final appeal of disabled Malaysian

Apr. 26, 2022 08:00 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — The Singapore Court of Appeal on Tuesday dismissed a last-minute legal challenge filed by the mother of a mentally disabled Malaysian man in an attempt to halt his execution for drug trafficking. The dismissal of the motion clears the way for the execution of...

Singapore schedules hanging of disabled Malaysian next week

Apr. 20, 2022 09:14 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian man with a mental disability is to be hanged next week in Singapore after losing a final appeal, rights groups said Wednesday, but his Malaysian lawyer mounted a new bid to halt the execution. Nagaenthran K. Dharmalingam has been on death...

Singapore hangs drug trafficker in resumption of executions

Mar. 30, 2022 00:51 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — A Singaporean man on death row for drug trafficking was hanged Wednesday in the first execution in the city-state in over two years, rights activists said. Singapore, which has harsh anti-drug laws, had halted executions due to the COVID-19 pandemic and last meted...

Disabled Malaysian loses appeal, will be hanged in Singapore

Mar. 28, 2022 23:53 PM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian man with a mental disability lost a final legal appeal Tuesday against his death sentence in Singapore and faces execution soon, a lawyer and rights activists said. Nagaenthran K. Dharmalingam has been on death row since 2010 for trying to...