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Tennessee executes longest serving death row inmate using electric chair after court battle

Tennessee executes longest serving death row inmate using electric chair after court battleA death row inmate in Tennessee became the second person executed in the US state using the electric chair in just over a month. David Earl Miller, 61, was pronounced dead at 7.25pm at a maximum-security prison in Nashville on Thursday night. Earlier on Thursday, Governor Bill Haslam refused Miller’s request to commute his sentence to life in prison.



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Tennessee executes another inmate by electric chair after supreme court battle

Tennessee executes another inmate by electric chair after supreme court battleA convicted killer who spent more than 36 years on death row in Tennessee was executed by electric chair on Thursday, the second time in five weeks that the state used electrocution to carry out a death sentence. Both Miller and Edmund Zagorski before him chose the electric chair over lethal injection, a process proponents said would be painless and humane. The execution came nearly two decades after the state adopted lethal injection as its preferred method.



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Anti-gay marriage groups win Taiwan referendum battle

Anti-gay marriage groups win Taiwan referendum battleVoters in Taiwan backed anti-gay marriage referendums Saturday in what LGBT activists said was a major blow to the island’s reputation as a rights trailblazer. The result came at the end of a dramatic evening which saw Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen resign as leader of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) after it suffered major defeats in key mid-term polls, a significant blow to her prospects for re-election in 2020. As well as voting for seats from village to city level, there were 10 referendums on the ballot, including pro- and anti-gay marriage proposals.



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Anti-gay marriage groups win Taiwan referendum battle

Anti-gay marriage groups win Taiwan referendum battleVoters in Taiwan backed anti-gay marriage referendums Saturday in what LGBT activists said was a major blow to the island’s reputation as a rights trailblazer. The result came at the end of a dramatic evening which saw Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen resign as leader of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) after it suffered major defeats in key mid-term polls, a significant blow to her prospects for re-election in 2020. As well as voting for seats from village to city level, there were 10 referendums on the ballot, including pro- and anti-gay marriage proposals.



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US missionary's body could be lost in battle to preserve isolated tribe

US missionary's body could be lost in battle to preserve isolated tribeThe body of American missionary-adventurer John Allen Chau may never be recovered from the lost island where he fell in a volley of arrows fired by a reclusive tribe whose existence is threatened by the modern world, say experts. The menace to the Sentinelese from Chau’s one-man invasion is such that tribal rights specialists say no murder charges will ever be laid and Chau’s body will have to stay hidden to protect what is probably the world’s last pre-neolithic tribe. Indian authorities — who do not dare enforce their rule over North Sentinel island — have not even tried to send police ashore to question the tribe who have been greeting outsiders with hostility for centuries.



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Nancy Pelosi allies ready to battle Democrats opposing her bid to become Speaker

Nancy Pelosi allies ready to battle Democrats opposing her bid to become SpeakerNancy Pelosi’s allies are ready take on the band of Democrat dissidents who do not want her to be Speaker of the US House – with Ms Pelosi facing a fight to win the role. Ms Pelosi said she has the necessary 218 votes to be able to lead the new Democrat-controlled chamber of Congress, but there are at least 17 Democrats opposed. Florida Congresswoman Lois Frankel told The Hill newspaper “Two can play the game.



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Trump’s Dismissal Of Jeff Sessions Sets Up Ugly Battle Over Mueller Probe

Trump’s Dismissal Of Jeff Sessions Sets Up Ugly Battle Over Mueller ProbeWASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump's dismissal of former Attorney General



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Q&A: Idlib battle a climactic end to Syria rebellion?

Q&A: Idlib battle a climactic end to Syria rebellion?BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian army, backed by allies Iran and Russia, is preparing for a military offensive to retake the country's last major rebel stronghold —the province of Idlib.



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High-stakes diplomacy as battle for Syria's Idlib looms

High-stakes diplomacy as battle for Syria's Idlib loomsTEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran and Russia on Friday backed a military campaign to retake the last rebel-held stronghold in Syria as Turkey pleaded for a cease-fire, narrowing the chances of a diplomatic solution to avoid what many say would be a bloody humanitarian disaster.



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Crews battle for 3rd day to outflank Northern California wildfire

Crews battle for 3rd day to outflank Northern California wildfireA fierce wildfire that has forced the closure of an interstate highway in Northern California raged for a third day on Friday through explosively dry mountain timber in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, as crews battled to outflank the flames. The Delta Fire has scorched nearly 25,000 acres (10,000 hectares) in the Cascade range since erupting on Wednesday in a forest canyon along the Sacramento River, about 250 miles (402 km) north of San Francisco, fire officials said. The underbrush is being removed with a combination of bulldozers and hand tools, as well as controlled burning operations, said Captain Brandon Vaccaro, a spokesman for the Delta fire incident command.



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