Arkansas executes Kenneth Williams, 4th inmate in a week

April 28, 2017

(CNN)Arkansas executed its fourth inmate in a week, ending a frantic schedule caused by the looming expiration of the state’s supply of lethal injection drugs. Kenneth Williams, 38, was initially sentenced to life in prison for the 1998 killing of a university cheerleader. He was later convicted of capital murder after he escaped from prison and killed a man. “I was more than wrong. The crime I perpetrated against you all was senseless,” Williams said in his last words …

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The LA riots were a rude awakening for Korean-Americans

April 28, 2017

Los Angeles (CNN)Chang Lee gripped his fingers tighter around the gun and screamed at potential looters from the rooftop of the small strip mall where he stood. The 35-year-old had never held a firearm before the LA riots. Lighting up the blocks around him, Lee could smell the fires burning in Los Angeles’ Koreatown. “Where are the police? Where are the police?” Lee whispered over and over from his rooftop perch. Lee would not see law enforcement for three days — only …

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Around the world in seven years… on a bike – BBC News

April 23, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLeigh Timmis ran out of money. But he didn’t go home. He kept cycling. Leigh Timmis has been cycling around the world since 2010 – and on Saturday he’s coming home. His seven years in the saddle have seen him confront a mountain lion and sing to a bear, all on a globetrotting budget of 5 (6.40) a day. As he reaches the final leg of his journey home to Derby, Leigh, 35, thinks back over the previous 43,000 miles …

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The beginner’s guide to the French elections

April 20, 2017

… parliament. In other words, the high-stakes drama doesn’t end when this election does. For the rest of Europe We look forward to September when Germany holds elections. Chancellor Angela Merkel — who many now consider the most powerful woman in the world — faces the real possibility of defeat for her stance on taking in refugees. She’s been in power for an astonishing 11 years. But she herself has admitted that her immigration policy has hurt her party. More …

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China criticizes North Korea, praises US on nuclear issue

April 20, 2017

… MUST WATCH Trump: North Korea pushed off by past presidents “China firmly opposes any words or actions that would escalate rivalry and tension,” Lu said. US President Donald Trump has been pressing China to rein in North Korea, suggesting that doing so could ease US-China relations over trade and other issues. Experts point out that China also wants to prevent North Korea from becoming a full-fledged nuclear power — and certainly wants to prevent a war on …

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‘Randamoozham’: India to produce its most expensive film ever

April 19, 2017

… cost $62 million to make and stars 65-year-old action superstar Rajinikanth. It has even beat the combined $65 million budget of the two-part blockbuster epic “Baahubali.” Inside the world’s first Bollywood theme park Behind the epic At 1.8 million words and nearly 10 times the length of the “Iliad” and the “Odyssey” combined, the “Mahabharata” is the longest poem ever written. The text is believed to date back to …

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Trump may have to be patient about North Korea

April 18, 2017

Washington (CNN)The United States has lost its strategic patience with North Korea. So what’s a had-it-up-to-here superpower to do to stop a pariah nation bent on putting its nuclear weapons on top of a missile that could reach America? Tough talk, for sure. Lean on China to turn off its life support to its neighbor, for another. But for all the warnings that Trump will fix the showdown with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, it’s so far unclear whether at its foundation, his …

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#TBT: Margaret Chase Smith and her ‘place in the sun’

March 31, 2017

… “Those of us who shout the loudest about Americanism in making character assassinations are all too frequently those who, by our own words and acts, ignore some of the basic principles of Americanism — the right to criticize. The right to hold unpopular beliefs. The right to protest. The right of independent thought. The exercise of these rights should not cost one single American citizen his reputation or his right to a livelihood nor should he be in danger of losing his reputation …

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A city stilled, shocked and then enraged by attack

March 24, 2017

… Meichan. A 20-year-old student from the town of Ormskirk, near Liverpool, he stands with four friends, his phone in hand. Meichan, along with 15 others, has just left the Houses of Parliament, a stop on his college trip’s itinerary. Now he’s searching for his missing friends. “[It] sounded like a car backfiring,” he says of the bloody end to the attack. “Police began shouting and they started cordoning off the area.” As he speaks, the words seem to tumble …

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