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Iran’s top court halts death sentence of young protesters

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran suspended the execution of three young men who participated in a November protest after the country’s Supreme Court decided to review their case, state TV reported on Sunday. An appeals court had upheld their death sentence over leading riots, committing robbery and sending video of their activities to foreign media. […]

First-ever EU cyber sanctions hit Russian, Chinese, NKoreans

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Thursday imposed its first-ever sanctions over cyberattacks, slapping them on alleged Russian military agents, Chinese cyber spies and organizations including a North Korean firm. The six people and three groups hit with sanctions include Russia’s GRU military intelligence agency. EU headquarters blamed them in a statement for the […]

Ukraine hostage-taker surrenders, bus passengers unharmed

LUTSK, Ukraine (AP) — An “unstable” armed man who seized more than a dozen hostages on a long-distance bus in Ukraine’s western city of Lutsk was detained late Tuesday after a standoff that lasted for over 12 hours and all hostages were freed unharmed, officials said. The assailant agreed to release the hostages following a […]

Execution set for sole Native American on federal death row

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The only Native American on federal death row is scheduled to be executed in late August, the U.S. government announced Wednesday. Lezmond Mitchell, who is Navajo, had been among the first of a handful of inmates set to be put to death after the Trump administration restored federal executions after an […]

Man blamed for nearly half Sri Lanka virus cases speaks out

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — For months he’s been anonymous, but now Prasad Dinesh, linked by Sri Lankan authorities to nearly half of the country’s more than 2,600 coronavirus cases, is trying to clear his name, and shed some of the stigma of a heroin addiction at the root of his ordeal. Under President Gotabaya […]

Officer’s killing: Report finds violations in parole case

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Parole Board and its former chairwoman violated state law and its own policies and procedures in the case of a man convicted decades ago of killing a Richmond police officer, the state’s government watchdog agency said in a report initially withheld from the public. Republican legislative leaders on Thursday […]

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