World/nation briefs

  • Updated: December 11, 2012 - 11:12 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C.

NTSB: Use ignition locks for all drunks

Every state should require convicted drunken drivers, including first-time offenders, to use devices that prevent them from starting a car's engine if their breath tests positive for alcohol, the National Transportation Safety Board said. The ignition devices -- already required for all convicted drunken drivers in 17 states -- are currently the best available solution to reducing drunken driving deaths, which account for about a third of the nation's more than 32,000 traffic deaths a year, the board said.

FLORIDA

Ex-cop executed for killing nine in 1986

A former police officer who murdered nine people during a 1986 crime spree was executed after his attorneys' last-minute appeals were rejected. Manuel Pardo, 56, was pronounced dead at Florida State Prison in Starke about 16 minutes after the lethal injection process began. Prison officials said his final words were, "Airborne forever. I love you, Michi baby," referring to his daughter.

ILLINOIS

Court strikes down concealed carry ban

In a major victory for gun-rights advocates, a federal appeals court struck down a ban on carrying concealed weapons in Illinois -- the only remaining state where carrying concealed weapons is entirely illegal -- and gave lawmakers 180 days to write a law that legalizes it. The Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the ban is unconstitutional, citing recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions.

MALI

Prime minister jailed; new premier named

Mali's president has named a longtime public servant, ombudsman Django Sissoko, as the country's new prime minister, hours after Prime Minister Cheikh Modibo Diarra was arrested and forced to resign by the military. The leader of Mali's March 21 coup, Capt. Amadou Haya Sanogo, said he had no regrets about Diarra's resignation. He denied, however, that Diarra was forced to quit, saying soldiers simply "facilitated" his departure.

BAHRAIN

Rights activist's conviction upheld

A court upheld the conviction of rights activist Nabeel Rajab, sentencing him to two years in a case that was seen as a crucial test of the monarchy's pledges to allow greater political freedom. Rajab is among the leading figures in the opposition movement and a regular critic of members of the ruling family.

KAZAKHSTAN

Border guard gets life for 15 murders

A military court in Arkankergen near the Chinese border sentenced a 20-year-old border guard to life in prison for killing 15 people. In May, 14 soldiers and a gamekeeper were killed in Arkankergen. A few days later, the guard, Vladislav Chelakh, was found hiding nearby. Investigators said he confessed. However, the guard said that he was threatened with torture if he did not confess and that smugglers had carried out the murders.

CAYMAN ISLANDS

Premier arrested on corruption charges

Prime Minister McKeeva Bush was arrested for misuse of a government credit card and importing explosive substances. Bush, who took office in 2009, was taken into custody at his home in West Bay.

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