Mississippi

Use of firing squad considered

State Attorney General Jim Hood is asking lawmakers to approve the firing squad, electrocution or nitrogen gas as methods of execution in case the state is prevented from doing lethal injections. Executions are on hold because the state’s supply of lethal injection drugs expired.

 

Missouri

Ferguson accepts police overhaul

The Ferguson Police Department agreed to overhaul its policies, training and practices in a sweeping deal with the Justice Department following the 2014 police shooting of Michael Brown. The city had been under federal scrutiny since the shooting of Brown, 18, who was black and unarmed, by a white police officer.

 

Florida

Blacks singled out for tickets

Black drivers in Florida were stopped and given tickets for not wearing seat belts nearly twice as often as white motorists in 2014, according to the American Civil Liberties Union. Florida has long grappled with accusations of racial profiling by law enforcement, and the report raised new questions about police procedures.

Turkey

Rights group rips migrant fears

European governments allowed widespread fears about terrorism to erode their commitment to civil rights and liberal ideals, said a new report by Human Rights Watch, released in Istanbul. It praised German Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany but criticized Europe for erecting fences and restricting movement.

 

Russia

Ukraine accused of blockade

Ukraine has failed to meet its obligations under a 2015 peace accord and has introduced an economic blockade of eastern Ukraine, Russia’s security chief said. Nikolai Patrushev said that Kiev is refusing to work with rebel forces.

 

Afghanistan

Taliban accused of sabotage

The Taliban sabotaged a major power line in the northern province of Baghlan, officials said, cutting a supply of electricity from Uzbekistan to Kabul and exposing vulnerabilities in the nation’s infrastructure. The national power company said insurgents destroyed one transmission tower and damaged two others.

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