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Singapore urged to halt hanging of Malaysian drug trafficker

Jul. 04, 2022 05:19 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Anti-death penalty activists in Malaysia urged Singapore's government on Monday to halt the execution of a convicted Malaysian drug trafficker this week, the second in less than three months. Kalwant Singh, who was convicted in 2016 of bringing heroin...

Ohio governor postpones 2 executions scheduled for 2023

Jul. 01, 2022 10:00 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's unofficial death penalty moratorium will continue past Gov. Mike DeWine's first term, based on a pair of reprieves for the first two executions of 2023 that were announced Friday. The news follows DeWine's decision a week ago to postpone the remaining...

No sign of reprieve for 3 condemned by Ukraine separatists

Jun. 27, 2022 15:41 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Less than two weeks remain for two Britons and a Moroccan to appeal the death sentences imposed by separatist forces that captured them during fighting in eastern Ukraine. With no obvious progress, or even signs of official contacts, the likelihood is growing that...

Ohio governor postpones last scheduled 2022 execution

Jun. 27, 2022 14:09 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has postponed the last execution that was scheduled for this year, pushing the October date for Quisi Bryan, convicted of killing a Cleveland police officer, to early in 2026. The move once again called into question the functionality of...

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. ...