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Larry Swearingen: Texas executes man for student’s 1998 murder

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption Swearingen is the 12th inmate to be executed in the US so far this year Texas has executed a man convicted of the murder of a 19-year-old student, which he maintained he did not commit.Larry Swearingen, 48, was executed by lethal injection for the 1998 murder of Melissa Trotter.He said authorities ignored evidence that would have exonerated him. His last words were: "Lord forgive
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Pompeo praises ‘US ally’ Denmark after Trump cancels visit

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWatch: Greenland wouldn't be the first time the US bought territory US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has praised Denmark amid a public row over Greenland that saw President Donald Trump cancel a visit to the country. In a phone call with Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod, Mr Pompeo "expressed appreciation for Denmark's co-operation" as a US ally. Mr Kofod welcomed
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Why India wants to break its decades-old nuclear pledge

[ad_1] Image copyright Hindustan Times Image caption India's nuclear tests in 1998 were celebrated across the country India's defence minister recently suggested that the country may re-evaluate its "no first use of nuclear weapons" doctrine, raising the stakes at a time of high tension with its nuclear-armed neighbour Pakistan. Analysts Christopher O'Clary and Vipin Narang examine the implications for peace and security in South Asia.Defence Minister Rajnath Singh recently reaffirmed
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Initial evidence shows microplastics pose ‘minimal health risk’

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption Microplastics have been found in rivers, lakes, drinking water supplies and bottled water Microplastics in drinking water do not appear to pose a health risk at current levels, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).In its first report on the issue, the WHO found that larger particles, and most smaller ones, pass through the body without being absorbed.But it said the findings were based
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Somaliland’s poets and singers fight to be heard

[ad_1] Image copyright Mary Harper Image caption The cultural centre has hosted the Hargeisa International Book Fair since 2017 The arts scene is booming in the self-declared republic of Somaliland but, as Mary Harper writes, the people who are pushing the cultural boundaries have come up against some oppositionCircus boys in leopard skin print soar through the air, twisting their bodies into unimaginable contortions as the children in the audience
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Hong Kong protests: What do young people want?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Pro-democracy protestors attending a rally in Hong Kong As evening falls on the Kowloon side of Hong Kong, a queue of young people line up outside a small hardware store. It's become a popular outlet for protesters to stock up on gear needed for demonstrations. Boxes of hard hats and goggles spill out of the doorway and into the streets. Chris - a
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Sudan transition: Abdalla Hamdok appointed new prime minister

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Image caption Abdalla Hamdok previously worked for the UN Sudan has appointed a new prime minister as the country embarks on a three-year transition to civilian rule. Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said achieving peace and solving the economic crisis were priorities. His appointment comes as Lt-Gen Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan was sworn in as leader of the new Sovereign Council.The new government will run the country
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Khachaturyan sisters who killed father touch Russian hearts

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption At the time of their father's killing, Angelina (L) was 18, Maria (C) was aged 17 and Krestina 19 In July 2018 three teenage sisters stabbed and battered their father to death in his sleep, in their Moscow flat.Investigators have confirmed the girls' father abused them physically and psychologically for years.Charged with murder, the sisters and what should happen to them have become
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Ugandan war survivors partnered with therapy dogs

[ad_1] Filda was abducted as a child and forced into the LRA rebel army in Uganda, where she witnessed terrible atrocities. As part of a scheme called The Comfort Dog Project, Filda has been partnered with a dog who was abandoned as a puppy. The two are now helping each other heal, along with many others like them.A film by Amelia Martyn-Hemphill for 100 Women. [ad_2] Source link