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Sixteen men and no women have been

executed in the United States in 2017.

Mudslide in Sierra Leone
Following heavy rains, a hillside near Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, collapsed, covering many houses in mud during the night. Hundreds are missing, most of whom are presumed dead, as they were likely asleep at the time of the mudslide. The number of casualties is unknown at this time, although reports indicated at least 180 individuals have been killed. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the safety of the rescue workers.
20 Killed in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Twenty individuals were killed in a restaurant in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. Two gunman, who were alter killed by security forces, opened fire on individuals sitting outside the restaurant. Officials have labeled the attack as a terror attack. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for peace.
Four Killed in Acapulco, Mexico
At least four individuals were killed in a resort in Acapulco, Mexico. The deaths were attributed to gang violence. Acapulco has the second highest murder rate in the nation. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for peace.
45 Killed in Indian Landslide
A landslide in Mandi district pushed two buses off the road into a deep gorge, resulting in the death of at least 45 individuals. Rescue workers have, so far, rescued five individuals, all with severe injuries. Pleas pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for the safety of the rescue workers.
60 Dead in Uttar Pradesh, India
At least 60 children have died in a hospital in Uttar Pradesh, India. Most of those killed were in a neonatal unit being treated for encephalitis, an inflammation in the brain. The oxygen supply to the hospital had been cut off due to unpaid bills. Many allege this was the cause of the deaths, although the hospital disputes those allegations. Please pray for the families of the deceased.
20 Killed in Alexandria, Egypt
At least 20 individuals have been killed when a two trains collided head on in Alexandria, Egypt. One train was traveling from Cairo, and the other from Port Said. Please pray for the families of the deceased.
19 Killed in Earthquake in China
At least 19 individuals have been killed in a 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Sichuan province, China. At least 247 were injured in the earthquake. A separate 6.6 magnitude tremor struck Xin Jiang, which injured 32 individuals. Approximately 45,000 people have bene evacuated as a result of the earthquake. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for those who have lost their homes.
36 Killed in Bus Crash in China
At least 36 individuals were killed when a coach bus traveling from Chengdu to Luoyang crashed into the wall of a tunnel in Shaanxi province. At least 13 were injured in the crash. The cause of the crash is not yet known. Please pray for the families of the deceased. 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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