A Texas inmate was executed by lethal injection Wednesday evening for killing a supervisor at a state prison shoe factory in Amarillo nearly 17 years ago.Travis Runnels, 46, was convicted of slashing the throat of 38-year-old Stanley Wiley on Jan. 29, 2003. Runnels was executed at the state penitentiary in Huntsville.Prosecutors say Runnels killed Wiley at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Clements Unit in Amarillo because he didn’t like working as a janitor at the shoe factory. They said Runnels had wanted to transfer to a job at the prison barber shop and was angry at Wiley because that hadn’t happened.Runnels, belted to the death chamber gurney, responded “no” when the warden asked whether he had a final statement. As the lethal dose of the powerful sedative pentobarbital began, he smiled and mouthed words and a kiss toward three female friends and two of his attorneys who watched through a window a few feet from him. Then he blurted out, “Woof, … [Read more...] about Texas inmate is executed for killing prison supervisor in 2003
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Fifteen minutes west of the cobbled streets and chic boutiques of Aarhus old town in Denmark, on a bleak road of prefabricated warehouses and low-rise industrial units, is a former ice-cream factory that now houses the Grimhojvej mosque. In this squat, drab building, at prayers or in its Muslim youth group, 22 young men – regular high school and university students and first-jobbers – heard something last year that persuaded them to abandon their families, studies and careers to make jihad in Syria. Now, many are coming back, and Denmark’s second city is giving them an unconventional welcome. Most western countries, fearful of the threat they could pose, are cracking down on returning fighters. In France, tough new anti-terror legislation allows authorities to seize passports and ID cards from would-be jihadists “likely to jeopardise public security on their return”. Britain has arrested at least 60 returnees; … [Read more...] about How do you deradicalise returning Isis fighters?
10.06pm BST Summary We're going to wrap our coverage for the day. Here's a list of the day's key events. • A rebel commander "admitted" separatist forces had a Buk missile system of the kind believed to have shot down MH17. Alexander Khodakovsky, of the Vostok Battalion, hinted strongly that the anti-aircraft weaponry came from an outside power in an interview with Reuters. Later, Khodakovsky apparently denied the report to Russian media, but witnesses had previously told the Guardian of seeing a Buk system in rebel hands. • Rebels shot down two Sukhoi Ukrainian fighter jets, and the military and separatists are searching for the pilots. Kiev said the jets were downed by a missile launched from Russian territory, and that the pilots had parachuted out. As the Ukrainian military retook suburbs near rebel-held cities of Luhansk and Donetsk, rebels blew up bridges and fought sporadic battles. • Forty coffins arrived on two transport planes in the Netherlands, with the … [Read more...] about MH17: Bodies arrive in Holland as Ukrainian rebel ‘admits’ missile system – as it happened
You can hear it from blocks away: the deafening beat of Pogrom, Golden Dawn's favourite band, blasting out of huge speakers by a makeshift stage. "Rock for the fatherland, this is our music, we don't want parasites and foreigners on our land…" It's a warm October evening and children on bicycles are riding up and down among the young men with crew cuts, the sleeves of their black T-shirts tight over pumped-up biceps, strolling with the stiff swagger of the muscle-bound. They look relaxed, off-duty. Two of them slap a handshake: "Hey, fascist! How's it going?" Trestle tables are stacked with Golden Dawn merchandise: black T-shirts bearing the party's name in Greek, Chrysi Avgi, the sigma shaped like the S on SS armbands; mugs with the party symbol, a Greek meander drawn to resemble a swastika; Greek flags and black lanyards, lighters and baseball caps. I lean over to talk to one woman stallholder, dressed in Golden Dawn black with thickly kohl-rimmed eyes, but … [Read more...] about Fear and loathing in Athens: the rise of Golden Dawn and the far right
On a sultry Saturday evening in August, hundreds of young Kievans have descended on a vast courtyard a few miles from the city centre. As a DJ spins electronica in front of a 20ft LED screen, some partygoers stand in a paved open area bobbing their heads to the music, while others crowd the bar and burger stand or sneak off to a leafy grotto to chat and canoodle. The scene evokes late 90s Williamsburg, not the capital of a crisis-wracked country at war. “Lately there are so many more shows, so many more interesting parties like this,” says Ilya Myrokov, a 25-year-old dentist with a bowl cut, shaking his head as he sips beer from a plastic cup. “Compared to two years ago, it’s like an explosion.” Last year, Ukraine’s economy shrank by 12%. Its slow-drip, two-and-a-half-year conflict with Russia has killed nearly 10,000 people and displaced about two million in the east of the country. But if the Maidan revolution, which ousted a Russia-friendly regime … [Read more...] about Kiev’s new revolution: young Ukrainians spur cultural revival amid the conflict