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Twenty-five men and no women have 

been executed in the United States in 2018.

11 Killed In India
Eleven individuals were killed after eating rice at a Hindu temple in Karnataka, India. Dozens of others have been hospitalized. People who attended the ceremony recalled the rice smelling funny and believe that it was poisoned, as those who did not eat the rice did not get sick. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the sick.
Explosion in Japan
An explosion and fire at a restaurant in Sapporo, Japan, has resulted in at least 42 individuals being injured. The cause of the explosion is under investigation. Please pray for healing for the injured.
5 Killed in Strasbourg, France
The death toll from the Christmas Market shooting in Strasbourg, France has risen to five individuals. Police have also shot and killed the gunman who perpetrated the attack. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray peace.
Rape Remains a Problem in India
On the six-year anniversary of the Delhi bus gang-rape, a three-year-old was brutally raped by a security guard. She is currently in the hospital, where she underwent surgery. Following the bus rape six years ago, rape laws in the nation were tightened and numerous protests against rape have taken place, however rapes continue to be a major problem in India. Please pray for the child. Please pray for all victims. Please pray for peace.
Religious Crackdown in China
Under the guise of “inciting subversion of state power” Christians and Muslims have reportedly been arrested and detained in China. The government has claimed that they are merely trying to combat violent extremism. Please pray for all those arrested. Please pray for peace.
13 Miners Possibly Killed in India
Thirteen miners who were illegally digging are feared dead after their tunnel collapsed and flooded near Meghalaya, India. Rescue efforts are currently underway. Please pray for the families of the miners. Please pray for the rescue workers.
2 Israeli Soldiers Killed in West Bank
Four Israeli soldiers were shot, two fatally, at a bus stop in the Israeli-controlled West Bank. The gunmen fled the scene. Tensions remain high between Israel and Palestine and attacks are common between the two. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for peace.

Update: October 28, 2015  2:27 pm EDT

 

Deja vu?  As the Ohio Department of Corrections continues to have difficulties obtaining drugs to be used in executions, the state has announced that it will, once again, delay several executions in the state.  All eleven inmates scheduled to be executed in 2016, and one in early 2017, will be delayed until 2017, or later.

 

Ohio’s last execution was Dennis McGuire in January of 2014.  During Dennis’ execution, which was performed using a never-before-used combination of drugs, he appeared to gasp and not be fully unconscious during the execution.  The execution also took approximately 25 minutes, longer than expected and longer than nearly every other lethal injection execution.  Following an in-depth investigation, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections determined that Dennis was indeed unconscious for the execution, however, they increased the amount of the drugs used during the execution.

 

Following the revision to the execution protocol, several inmates filed appeals, leading to Judge Gregory Frost to postpone all executions until the issues were resolved.  In December of 2014, Ohio passed a law which would keep the identity of those who supply executions drugs a secret.  In January of 2015, Ohio put a new execution protocol into place, which includes a new combination of execution drugs.  As Ohio did not have the necessary drugs to carry out executions, they delayed all executions until January of 2016.

  

Now, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, has once again postponed nearly all of its scheduled executions due to problems obtaining execution drugs.  Ohio has made at least one attempt to import the drugs from overseas, which the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has said cannot be done legally.  We have removed all previously scheduled Ohio executions dates from our “Scheduled Executions” tab (or click here).  We will post the new execution dates as applicable.

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