US man walks free after 25 years on death row

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A man who spent more than 25 years on death row in the US state of Louisiana has walked free from prison after his murder conviction for the 1983 killing of a jeweller was overturned.

Glenn Ford, 64, had been on death row since August 1988.

He had been found guilty of killing 56-year-old Isadore Rozeman, a jeweller for whom Mr Ford occasionally worked.

US media reports say that he is one of the longest-serving death row inmates in modern US history ...

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A tooth for a tooth

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A Saudi man who admitted knocking a tooth out  of his mother’s mouth after punching her has been told he will have the same  tooth broken as punishment.

The unnamed man was also sentenced to five  years in jail and 2,400 lashes to be given out at a rate of 40 every 10 days in  a local marketplace.

The man, in his 30s, was arrested after his  mother contacted the police asking them to rescue her after the  attack.

While his mother was ...

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Thirty million people worldwide living ‘modern slavery

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A “Global Slavery Index” has been released which shows the number of people trapped in modern slavery across the world, and ranks 162 countries accordingly.

India was found to have almost 14 million people living in conditions of slavery – nearly half of the entire number of 30 million worldwide.

In terms of proportion of its population, Mauritania ranked the worst – with as many as 4 per cent of its people regarded as slaves largely because they inherit the status from ...

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‘I always get stopped’: Mo’s trouble at US immigration

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Mo Farah stopped because his full name is “Mohamed”

As one of the most famous athletes in the world, getting recognised can be a problem for Mo Farah. Everywhere except in American airports, that is.

For more than a year after his double gold medal triumph at London 2012, the Olympic star is still ‘always’ pulled aside by suspicious US customs officials – because his full name is Mohamed, he said today.

Even showing them his medals does not stop them suspecting he ...

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UK inmates lose right to vote ruling

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The Supreme Court has dismissed appeals from two prisoners over the right to vote under European Union rules.

Convicted murderers Peter Chester and

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The girl who was shot for going to school

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One year ago schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen – her “crime”, to have spoken up for the right of girls to be educated. The world reacted in horror, but after weeks in intensive care Malala survived. Her full story can now be told.

She is the teenager who marked her 16th birthday with a live address from UN headquarters, is known around the world by her first name alone, and has been lauded by ...

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Delhi gang rape: Four sentenced to death

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An Indian court has sentenced four men to death for the gang rape and murder of a student in the capital Delhi, a case which led to violent protests across India and new laws against rape.

Mukesh Singh, Vinay Sharma, Akshay Thakur and Pawan Gupta were found guilty on all counts earlier this week.

Judge Yogesh Khanna said the case fell in the “rarest of rare category”, rejecting pleas for lighter sentence.

The woman, 23, was attacked on a bus in December ...

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America remembers the 3,000 victims of 9/11

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Relatives of the September 11 victims gathered at ground zero today to commemorate the 12th anniversary of the attack that killed almost 3,000 people.

The moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. Wednesday marked when the first plane hit the twin towers on a clear, sunny day in 2001. Then, families of the victims started reading aloud the names of those who died.

Along with the names of those who died when the hijacked jets crashed into the World Trade Center and ...

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Girls who commit serious crimes will NOT be jailed

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Teenage girls who commit serious crimes will  no longer be jailed under controversial plans to cut costs.

The Youth Justice Board (YJB) is axing all  prison places for girls and will instead house them in secure training  centres.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage said the move showed  ‘a deep lack of seriousness’ in the Government’s approach to tackling youth  offending

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2358102/Teenage-girls-commit-crimes-NOT-jailed-government-slashing-prison-places-save-money.html#ixzz2YSpGXf9d

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Last word of EVERY prisoner executed in Texas

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A quick Google search can tell you what John  Lennon’s last words were, but for anyone who isn’t a celebrity, last words are  either forgotten or unmemorable.

In the case of death row convicts in the  state of Texas, they may not all be famous but their words are being preserved  forever.

Ever since the death penalty was reinstated in December 1982, last words have been recorded, and more recently they’ve been posted on a penitentiary website.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2357910/Go-Cowboys-words-executed-Texas-view-online.html#ixzz2YSp35jXX

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Should Call of Duty be banned? Debate reignites

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The Sandy Hook school shooting has reignited the debate around violent video games, with even some of the

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Xbox player, 13, slashed friend’s throat after violent games

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Video games have been accused of fueling youth violence after a 13-year-old boy slashed a friend’s throat following an online row.

Police believe the attack, in Clydebank, Scotland, was influenced by the teenager’s use of violent video games.

He had only known his 14-year-old victim for a few months after they met online while playing Xbox game Gears of War 3.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2318846/13-year-old-Xbox-player-slashed-friends-throat-knife-row-met-online-playing-ultra-violent-game-Gears-War-3.html#ixzz2TSqKvklq

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Prisoners ‘must work harder’ for privileges

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Male prisoners in England and Wales must work harder for privileges such as TVs in cells, the government has said.

Inmates will be made to wear a uniform during their first two weeks in jail and their access to private cash to call home will be restricted.

Satellite and cable TV channels, currently available in some private prisons, will be banned altogether.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-22341867

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The astonishing moment mother FORGIVES one of her daughter’s rapists

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Her words are made more remarkable by the  fact that her daughter does not share her feelings and cannot yet forgive  Richmond and Mays, 17, for what they did to her.

Speaking to MailOnline outside the Jefferson  County Juvenile Court, the family’s solicitor, Bob Fitzsimmons, said: ‘It’s a  very religious, spiritual family. They are praying for those two young men  also.’

The family’s priest, Father Larry Dorsch, had  been in court throughout the grueling trial and described them as very active  members ...

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US state of Maryland votes to abolish death penalty

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The US state of Maryland is poised to abolish the death penalty after its lawmakers voted 82 to 56 in favour of the move.

The measure now needs to be signed by Governor Martin O’Malley to become law.

Correspondents say it will be a formality as the Democratic governor has campaigned for five years to have the death penalty repealed.

Once signed into law, Maryland will become the 18th US state to abolish executions.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-21810683

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Executed for crimes they were proved to be INNOCENT of years later

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As part of an ongoing campaign to have the death penalty abolished nationwide, the influential human rights organization Amnesty International sponsored a series of ads in Puerto Rico depicting the last meals of executed innocent prisoners.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2278434/Can-stomach-Human-rights-group-launches-ad-campaign-featuring-meals-death-row-inmates-executed-crimes-did-commit.html#ixzz2Ksuz5B6R

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