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Fifteen men and no women have been

executed in the United States in 2018.

Suspected Terrorist Attack in London, England
A man has been arrested on suspicion of terrorism after he crashed a car outside the House of Parliament. The vehicle was swerving into cyclist and pedestrians before it crashed. No one was killed, although three individuals were injured. The arrested man is not cooperating with the police. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for peace.
35 Killed in Genoa, Italy
A bridge collapse in Genoa, Italy has killed at least 35 individuals. The exact cause of the bridge collapse is unclear, although it occurred during a heavy rainfall and there are some reports of lighting striking the bridge. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the safety of anyone still trapped under rubble.
67 Killed in Sarmada, Syria
At least 67 individuals have been killed, and 33 injured, in an explosion at an arms depot in northern Syria. The depot, located in the rebel held city of Sarmada, caused the collapse of two five story buildings. Most of those killed were civilians, while the others were part of al-Qaeda linked group Haya Tahir al-Sham. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for peace.
9 Killed in Taiwan Fire
A fire at a hospital in New Taipei City, Taiwan, has killed at least nine individuals. At least 16 others were injured and remain in critical condition. The cause of the fire is currently unknown. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
300 Injured in Vigo, Spain
Over 300 individuals were injured after a wooden platform collapsed at an urban sports and music festival in Vigo, Spain. So far no fatalities have been reported, although five people remain seriously injured. Please pray for healing for the injured.
13 Missing in Mountains of Tajikistan
The 10 climbers and three crew members are missing after the helicopter they were traveling in had a “hard landing.” The helicopter was traveling to the Ismoili Somoni peak from a base camp on the Fortambek glacier. Please pray for the safety of the missing. Please pray for their families.
Wildfires in California
Wildfires have continued to spread in California, with at least one that is believed to have been set intentionally. Please pray for the safety of all those working to contain the fires. Please pray for the safety of those in the paths of the fires.
Drought in New South Wales, Australia
The entire eastern state of New South Wales in Australia is currently facing the worst drought in recent history. The severe drought is especially affecting farmers who have lost crops and are struggling to provide water for their livestock. Neighboring state, Queensland is also facing a drought, and dry conditions are found in Victoria and South Australia. Please pray for rain for the areas that need it.
12 Killed in Crash in Ecuador
At least 12 individuals have been killed during a bus trip to Cuenca, Ecuador to cheer on their favorite football team. At least 30 others were injured in the crash. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
Two Killed by Hippo in Kenya
In two separate incidents, two individuals were killed after getting too close to hippo. Hippos are the world’s deadliest large animals. Please pray for the families of the deceased.
94 Killed in Greece
The death toll from wildfires in Greece this year has risen to 94 individuals. At least 8 burn victims remain in intensive care. Wildfires have ravaged areas outside Athens. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for those fighting the fires. Please pray for healing for the injured.

July 13, 2017

 

For the past several years, Ohio has struggled to resume carrying out executions.  They have had to reschedule executions numerous times, leading the state of have executions scheduled all the way through 2021.  But, with a recent ruling by the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals, Ohio looks to start carrying out executions again.

 

Executions came to an abrupt halt in Ohio following the January 2014 execution of Dennis McGuire, where the state employed a new, never-before-used combination of drugs.  It took nearly 25 minutes for Dennis to be pronounced as deceased.  After the execution, witnesses to the execution reported that Dennis did not appear to be fully unconscious during the execution, as he was allegedly moving.  Following an in-depth investigation, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections determined that Dennis was unconscious for the execution, however, they increased the amount of the drugs used during the execution.

 

After the execution protocol was revised, several inmates filed appeals.  This action caused Judge Gregory Frost to postpone all scheduled executions until the lawsuit was resolved.  Further complications to continuing executions arose in December of 2014.  The state legislature passed a law that would protect the identities of those who supply executions drugs.  Opponents claim that this law hinders the inmates’ ability to appeal their execution, as well as leaves open the opportunity for the state to purchase and use drugs that may not be up to standard. 

 

In January of 2015, Ohio approved another new execution protocol, which uses a new and different combination of drugs than the ones used to execute Dennis.  However, Ohio did not have a supply of execution drugs.  Therefore, all executions were postponed until January of 2016, to allow time to purchase the drugs, and - hopefully - conclude legal challenges.

 

By October of 2015, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections recognized that they would not be able to obtain the necessary drugs in time to resume executions in early 2016.  All executions were, once again, rescheduled to begin in January of 2017, with the execution of Ronald Phillips.

 

Ronald’s execution has been delayed and rescheduled numerous times since then, due to legal challenges.  Several lower courts and a three-judge panel for the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals effectively halted executions by ruling that midazolam was not an acceptable drug to be used in executions, even though the Supreme Court of the United States ruled the opposite on June 30, 2015.  Upon appeal of the lower court decisions, the full 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals agreed to hear the case.  On June 29, 2017, the full 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 8-6 that Ohio could resume lethal injections.  Opponents have stated that they will appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States.

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