Governor stays execution in ’98 murder

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens halted the scheduled execution of condemned killer Marcellus Williams after DNA testing raised questions about whether he committed the crime. Hours before Williams was to be put to death, the governor issued a stay of execution and appointed a board to look into the case. Williams was convicted of fatally stabbing former St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Lisha Gayle during a 1998 burglary.


Dozens injured in commuter train crash

A commuter train crashed into a parked train at a suburban Philadelphia terminal, injuring dozens of passengers and the train’s operator, a transit spokeswoman said. None of the people hurt in the crash suffered life-threatening injuries.


Moroccan man admits to fatal stabbings

A young Moroccan man has admitted to his role in a deadly stabbing rampage last week, which the authorities have called Finland’s first terrorist attack in decades, officials announced. Police said the man — who has been tentatively identified as Abderrahman Mechkah, 18, and who appeared in court via a video feed from his hospital bed — had admitted to the stabbings. But Chief Inspector Olli Toyras, a police detective, told journalists that much was unclear: whether Mechkah acted alone, whether his actions were guided or influenced by someone else and even his true name and age.


U.S. warns against travel to 2 popular spots

The U.S. State Department has warned citizens about traveling to Cancun and Los Cabos, two of Mexico’s most popular tourist destinations, after a spike in violence. An advisory upgraded the warnings for two states, Quintana Roo and Baja California Sur, saying turf battles between criminal groups have led to shootings in which bystanders have been killed.


42 civilians killed in airstrikes in Raqqa

Syrian state media and opposition activists are reporting that airstrikes on the northern city of Raqqa have killed dozens of civilians. U.S.-backed Syrian opposition fighters have been trying to capture the city from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria since June 6, and have been marching under the cover of airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that airstrikes on Raqqa on Monday killed 42 civilians, including 19 children and 12 women.

North Korea

Soldier who defected during Cold War dies

One of a handful of U.S. soldiers who defected to North Korea during the Cold War died last year after living there for more than half a century, two of his sons said in a video on a pro-North Korea website. The soldier, James Joseph Dresnok, died in November at 74, according to his sons. He is believed to have been the last U.S. deserter still alive in the North.

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