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Eleven men and no women have been

executed in the United States in 2018.

3 Killed in Earthquake in Japan
At least three individuals have been killed in an earthquake in Osaka, Japan. Over 200 others have also been injured. The earthquake has caused damages to airports and train lines. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for all those affected.
31 Killed in Damboa, Nigeria
At least 31 individuals have been killed by two suicide bombers in Damboa in Borno state, Nigeria. Boko Haram militants are believed to be behind the attacks. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the safety of all residents.
2 Deputies Killed in Kansas
Sheriff Deputies Patrick Rohrer and Theresa King, were shot and killed while transporting inmates from jail to a court hearing. One suspect was also shot and is in the hospital recovering. Please pray for the families of Patrick and Theresa.
22 Injured in Shooting in Trenton, New Jersey
At least 22 individuals have been injured in a shooting at an all-night arts festival in Trenton, New Jersey. Police say there were three shooters, one of which was killed, while another is in a hospital in critical condition. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for peace.
Ceasefire Ends in Afghanistan
A temporary, three-day ceasefire occurred between security forces and Taliban militants during the End festival. Some had hoped that the ceasefire would be extended, however, the Taliban has announced that they will resume fighting. The Afghani government will continue the ceasefire for another 10 days, however forces may defend themselves if attacked. Please pray for peace.
Indian Water Crisis
A water crisis is developing in India due to increasing demand. Many homes in India do not have running water or access to clean water and it is not uncommon to run out of water in the summer due to lack of rain. Please pray for rain for the nation. Please pray for wisdom for a solution.
Fighting Continues in Yemen
In Hudaydah, Yemen, government forces and a Saudi-led coalition have been fighting over an airport. Both forces have also been fight Houthi rebels in addition to each other. Reports indicate that at least 139 fighters have been killed. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
Illegal Immigration Problem in United States
The handling of illegal immigrants who enter the United States has become a dominating story, with many different ideas on how the problem should be solved. Please pray for wisdom and unity for our government officials as they work together to solve this complicated and expansive issue.

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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