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Oklahoma delays Richard Glossip execution amid evidence concerns

Richard Glossip caseAn appeals court agreed to halt the execution of an Oklahoma man with just hours to spare Wednesday after his attorneys asked for time to review new evidence, including a fellow inmate's claim that he overheard the other man convicted in the case admit he acted alone.

Richard Eugene Glossip was twice convicted of ordering the killing of Barry Van Treese, who owned the Oklahoma City motel where he worked. His co-worker, Justin Sneed, was convicted of fatally beating Van Treese and was a key prosecution witness in Glossip's trials.


Thwarted by Hungary's closed borders, refugees head to Croatia

Refugees walk to CroatiaFor the Serbian bus driver and his bosses, a day of easy money was suddenly becoming complicated — but potentially even more lucrative than expected.

Just as the driver was closing the doors on his bus, with about 60 refugees crammed inside, to rumble off on a 10-mile trip from their makeshift camp in Kanjiza to the border with Hungary at Horgos, his passengers revolted — or rather, announced they wanted to go separate ways.


Israel re-arrests Palestinian hunger striker

Palestinian hunger strikerA Palestinian prisoner who nearly died during a 66-day hunger strike resumed his protest Wednesday after he was re-arrested following his release from an Israeli hospital.

The move sparked renewed Palestinian outrage after days of unrest at Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site and a spurt of violence that killed an Israeli motorist on the Jewish New Year. The unrest has raised fears of a new outbreak of heavy violence in the holy city.


Baruch Student Killed in Hazing Incident 'Singled Out,' Authorities Say

Baruch student deathAuthorities said today that Chun "Michael" Deng, the Baruch College student who died during a 2013 hazing incident, had been "singled out" by members of the school's Pi Delta Psi chapter, some of whom now face charges in his death.

"The overall investigation shows that, yes, he was singled out and he was treated harsher than the other pledges," said Chief Chris Wagner, of the Pocono Mountain Regional Police, during a news conference today in Pennsylvania. He would not explain further.


West 'ignored Russian offer in 2012 to have Syria's Assad step aside'

Syria catastropheRussia proposed more than three years ago that Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, could step down as part of a peace deal, according to a senior negotiator involved in back-channel discussions at the time.

Former Finnish president and Nobel peace prize laureate Martti Ahtisaari said western powers failed to seize on the proposal. Since it was made, in 2012, tens of thousands of people have been killed and millions uprooted, causing the world’s gravest refugee crisis since the second world war.


Pope Francis Endorses Iran Nuclear Deal

Pope Francis endorses Iran dealThe Vatican endorsed the Iran nuclear accord Monday as a positive step towards its broader goal of a world free of nuclear weapons.

“We hope that the full implementation of [the nuclear deal] will ensure the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear programme under the [Non-Proliferation Treaty] and will be a definitive step toward greater stability and security in the region,” Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Vatican's foreign minister, said in a statement delivered at the International Atomic Energy Association in Vienna.


GE to move turbine jobs to Europe, China due to EXIM bank closure

GE sends jobs to Europe, ChinaGeneral Electric Co (GE.N) said on Tuesday it will move 500 U.S. power turbine manufacturing jobs to Europe and China because it can no longer access U.S. Export-Import Bank financing after Congress allowed the agency's charter to lapse in June.

The largest U.S. industrial conglomerate said France's COFACE (COFA.PA) export agency has agreed to support some of GE's global power project bids with a new line of credit in exchange for moving production of heavy-duty gas turbines to Belfort, France, along with 400 jobs.


Feds: Arctic sea ice levels shrink to 4th lowest level

Arctic sea iceFederal scientists said summer Arctic sea ice shrank to its fourth lowest level on record this month, dispelling faint hopes of a recovery.

The National Snow and Ice Data Center announced Tuesday that the Arctic hit its summer minimum last week with 1.7 million square miles of sea ice, down 240,000 square miles from 2014.


FDA halts sales of four R.J. Reynolds cigarette brands

FDA bans some cigarettesThe Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday banned sales of four cigarette brands from R.J. Reynolds because they did not meet the agency’s safety review requirements.

Under FDA rules, companies that launch new cigarettes must show that the products are essentially the same as older products in terms of health risks. The FDA said four brands from R.J. Reynolds failed to show that they don’t raise new safety concerns.


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