US claims to have intercepted a ship with «lethal aid» sent by Iran to Huthis in Yemen
The U.S. Army announced Tuesday the interception in the Gulf of Oman of a «fishing vessel» carrying «lethal aid», including «a large quantity of explosive materials», from Iran to Yemen, without Tehran’s comment. The U.S. Fifth Fleet has indicated in a statement that the ‘USS The Sullivans’ and a Coast Guard ship intercepted the vessel […]The U.S. Fifth Fleet has indicated in a statement that the 'USS The Sullivans' and a Coast Guard ship intercepted the vessel during the day on November 8 "while transiting international waters".
A 19-year-old has asked a federal court to allow her to watch her father die by lethal injection in Missouri. © Associated Press Kevin Johnson wants his daughter to attend his execution in Missouri. Pic: Missouri Department of Corrections via AP
Kevin Johnson is due to be executed on 29 November for killing a police officer in 2005.
The 37-year-old, who has been in prison since his daughter Khorry Ramey was two years old, has requested she attends the execution - and she has said she wants to be there.
However, Missouri law bars anyone under 21 from witnessing an execution.
On Monday, the American Civil Liberties Union filed an emergency motion with a federal court in Kansas City, arguing the law serves no safety purpose and violates Ms Ramey's constitutional rights.
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There's been a spike in deaths in Australia linked to a lethal substance frequently discussed on the off-shore forum. Some of those who've died spent time on the site, which experts say has guided suicidal people toward death instead of away from it.Ross and Debbie Cameron walk every day.
She called her father in a court declaration "the most important person in my life".
"If my father were dying in the hospital, I would sit by his bed holding his hand and praying for him until his death, both as a source of support for him, and as a support for me as a necessary part of my grieving process and for my peace of mind," she said.
Court papers said the two have been able to build a bond through visits, phone calls, emails and letters - and last month, she took her newborn son to prison to meet his grandfather.
Meanwhile, Johnson's lawyers have filed appeals seeking to halt the execution.
They don't challenge his guilt but claim racism played a role in the decision to seek the death penalty, and in the jury's decision to sentence him to die. Johnson is black and his victim was white.
US state executes inmate 40 years after double murder
A septuagenarian was executed Wednesday morning in the US state of Arizona nearly 40 years after he was sentenced to death for a double murder, and another execution is scheduled for the evening in Texas. He was sentenced to death in 2006 for the murder of his ex-girlfriend, who was pregnant at the time, and her seven-year-old son. He initially confessed to the crime, but recanted, saying he was coerced into a false confession by police.Since his initial conviction, he has obtained two suspended sentences. His attorneys Tuesday filed a final appeal with the US Supreme Court, but the court rejected a stay, meaning the execution is set to go forward.
His lawyers also argued he has a history of mental illness - and that he was 19 at the time of the crime.
The Supreme Court in 2005 banned the execution of offenders who were younger than 18 at the time of their crime.
However, in a court filing last week to the court, the Missouri Attorney General's Office said there were no grounds for court intervention.
"The surviving victims of Johnson's crimes have waited long enough for justice, and every day longer that they must wait is a day they are denied the chance to finally make peace with their loss," it said.
William McEntee, a married father-of-three, was among several police officers sent to Johnson's home on July 5, 2005, to serve a warrant for his arrest for an alleged probation violation.
Johnson's 12-year-old brother, who suffered from a congenital heart defect, collapsed and began having a seizure. He later died in hospital.
When the police officer later returned to the neighbourhood to investigate unrelated reports of fireworks being set off, Johnson shot him several times.
‘How I escaped my father’s militia’ .
Militia leader Stewart Rhodes could face two decades in prison. It took his son years to escape him.The time had come. It was a dreary February day in 2018. Dakota had it all planned out.