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Ohio delays seven executions to secure new drugs
Washington (AFP) - The US state of Ohio is postponing the execution of seven death row inmates, officials said Friday, following several botched lethal injection killings across the country last year. Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC ...

Ohio Delays All 2015 Executions As It Tries to Find Drugs
Ohio has postponed all six of its scheduled executions this year until 2016 as it tries to find supplies of drugs to use in lethal injections. The move by the state Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Friday comes amid controversy over how states ...

Ohio Chase Tops 140 Mph
ST. CLAIRSVILLE - A vehicle chase Friday that lasted 35 minutes, spanned 61 miles and saw speeds of 145 mph ended with a crash and a Cleveland man in custody. The chase began Friday afternoon when an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper attempted to stop the ...

Ohio State Patrol: Troopers seize $1.2M in marijuana during traffic stop
A man and a woman are facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 235 pounds of marijuana, worth approximately $1.2 million following a traffic stop in Lorain County. Ohio troopers found 235 pounds of marijuana in a pickup ...

Ohio delays all executions scheduled for 2015
Ohio said Friday it would postpone all six executions scheduled for this year, pushing them into 2016 to allow the state to obtain new lethal injection drugs. The shift comes three weeks after Ohio authorities announced that the state would change the ...

Ohio State Commit Eric Glover-Williams Is Urban Meyer's Next Star
COLUMBUS, Ohio — In today's day and age of 24/7 recruiting and scholarship offers going out before a player's freshman year, it's not unique for a prospect to arrive on campus with his own nickname already. What is rare, however, is for that player to ...

Bill Cosby's Ohio show draws protesters, comedian gets standing ovations
SANDUSKY, Ohio - Bill Cosby's stand-up tour has stopped in northern Ohio, where it drew several protesters before the show. The comedian himself received standing ovations before and after his performance. Police in Sandusky had extra officers at the ...

Ohio judge stays order to return seized tigers to owner
A tranquilized tiger is removed by state officials from the Tiger Ridge Exotics animal farm in Stony Ridge, Ohio, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. A Wood County Common Pleas judge later halted the transfer order of exotic animals from the Stony Ridge farm ...

Ohio delays executions of six men, implements new lethal injection cocktail
Six men sitting on death row in Ohio will see their executions delayed until 2016 as the state continues to try and implement new lethal injection protocols after a convicted killer writhed for 10 minutes before dying during an execution last year.

Ohio State backs away from hospital plan to transfer rape survivors away from Wexner
Rape survivors won’t routinely be asked to travel across town if they show up for care at the main hospital at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center. Hospital leaders had considered transfers from University Hospital to University Hospital East ...

AU threatens South Sudan warring factions with sanctions
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The African Union Saturday joined regional and international organizations in threatening South Sudan's warring factions with sanctions.

China offers up to $50K in cash for terror tips in Tibet
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities are offering up to 300,000 yuan ($50,000) for tips on terrorism activities in the Himalayan region of Tibet, the official Xinhua News Agency said Saturday.

Sports, entertainment stars converge for ESPN party
Mekhi Phifer arrives at the ESPN Super Bowl XLIX Party on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015 in Scottsdale, Ariz. (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP)SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Stars from the sports and entertainment world mingled Friday night at ESPN's lavish pre-Super Bowl party, which featured an energetic performance from pop newcomer Charli XCX.

Egyptian court bans Hamas' armed wing, lists as terrorist organisation
Palestinian youths stand under a large Palestinian flag during a military-style graduation ceremony after being trained at one of the Hamas-run Liberation Camps, in Gaza CityAn Egyptian court on Saturday banned the armed wing of the Palestinian group Hamas and listed it as a terrorist organisation. Hamas is an offshoot of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood which the authorities have also declared a terrorist group and have repressed systematically since the army ousted one of its leaders, Mohamed Mursi, from the presidency in 2013. "The court ruled to ban the Qassam Brigades and to list it as a terrorist group," said the judge of the special Cairo court which deals with urgent cases.

Family, diplomats say no new word on Islamic State hostages
A banner with a picture of Jordanian pilot, Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, who is held by the Islamic State group militants, is being raised by workers near a tent prepared for receiving supporters, in Amman, Jordan, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. The fates of a Japanese journalist and Jordanian military pilot were unknown Friday, a day after the latest purported deadline for a possible prisoner swap passed with no further word from the Islamic State group holding them captive. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The family of a Jordanian fighter pilot held by the Islamic State group said Saturday it has received no word on his fate since the militants threatened to kill him earlier this week.

Merkel rejects debt writedown for Greece: Die Welt
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her finance minister have both ruled out a debt haircut for Greece, rejecting the new Greek government's demand to write off part of its 320 billion euro ($360 billion) debt. I don't see a further debt haircut," Merkel told German daily Die Welt in an interview published in its Saturday edition.

Two die as Muslim protesters clash with police in Afghan capital: witnesses
Afghan policemen help a wounded comrade after clashes with the protesters in KabulBy Mirwais Harooni Kabul (Reuters) - Two people were killed when violence broke out at an anti-Charlie Hebdo protest in the Afghan capital on Saturday, according to witnesses, but Kabul's police chief said there were no deaths and only two injuries. Police sources said the protest turned violent when protesters attacked policemen with burning tires, stones and then gunfire. Primary reports show that two protesters were wounded." Protests against the French newspaper Charlie Hebdo's cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad have erupted around the world and taken place weekly in the Afghan capital.

No lending to Greek banks if no deal by end of February: ECB's Liikanen
A deal on extending Greece's bailout deal must be found by the end of February or the European Central Bank will not be able to continue lending to its banks, ECB council member Erkki Liikanen said on Saturday. Europe's bailout program for Greece, part of a 240-billion-euro ($270 billion) rescue package along with the International Monetary Fund, expires on Feb. 28 and a failure to renew it could leave Athens unable to meet its financing needs and cut its banks off from ECB liquidity support. "We (ECB) have our own legislation and we will act according to that... Now, Greece's program extension will expire in the end of February so some kind of solution must be found, otherwise we can't continue lending," Liikanen, also the governor of Finland's central bank, told public broadcaster YLE.

Nigeria's Buhari vows to end graft, insecurity, inequality
Nigeria's former military ruler and presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress Muhammadu Buhari waves a broom as party members stand on a stage during a campaign rally in IbadanBy Tim Cocks and Julia Payne LAGOS (Reuters) - Nigeria's presidential challenger Muhammadu Buhari pledged to cheering crowds in opposition stronghold Lagos that he would tackle the country's three greatest ills -- insecurity, inequality and corruption. Jonathan has been criticised for not doing enough to protect civilians from Boko Haram and for failing to defeat the insurgents.

After historic balloon journey, crew plans landing Saturday
In Monday, Jan. 26, 2015 photo provided by the Two Eagles Balloon Team, Troy Bradley of New Mexico and Leonid Tiukhtyaev of Russia set off from Saga, Japan, shortly before 6:30 a.m. JST Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in their quest to pilot their helium-filled balloon from Japan in a bid to reach North America and break two major records en route. in their quest to pilot their helium-filled balloon from Japan to North America and break two major records en route. The attempt will put them on course to break a distance record of 5,208 miles (8,381 kilometers). They also want to break the flight-duration record of 137 hours set in 1978 when Ben Abruzzo, Maxie Anderson and Larry Newman made the first trans-Atlantic balloon flight. (AP Photo/Troy Bradley, Two Eagles Balloon Team)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two pilots from the U.S. and Russia have traveled farther and longer in a gas balloon than anyone in history, trying to eliminate any remaining debate over a century of records in long-distance ballooning.

Iraqi libraries ransacked by Islamic State group in Mosul
In this Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 photo, Iraqis look at books on al-Mutanabi Street, home to the city's book market in central Baghdad. One afternoon this month, Islamic State militants arrived at the Central Library of the northern city of Mosul in a non-combat mission. They broke the locks that kept the two-story building closed since the extremists overran the city in mid last year, loading some 2,000 books included children stories, poetry, philosophy, sports, health and cultural and scientific publications into six pickup trucks and leaving behind only the Islamic religious ones. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)BAGHDAD (AP) — When Islamic State group militants invaded the Central Library of Mosul earlier this month, they were on a mission to destroy a familiar enemy: other people's ideas.

Japan says hostage negotiations 'deadlocked'
Demonstrators stage a rally to demand Islamic State free Japanese hostage Kenji Goto in front of the Prime Minister's residence in Tokyo on January 30, 2015Japan's deputy foreign minister has said negotiations with the Islamic State group threatening to execute a Jordanian pilot and a Japanese journalist have become "deadlocked", local media reported Saturday. Yasuhide Nakayama, who is leading Tokyo's emergency response team in Amman, told reporters in the Jordanian capital late Friday that there had been no progress in trying to secure the release of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto and airman Maaz al-Kassasbeh. "It has become deadlocked," he said, according to Japan's public broadcaster NHK. "Staying vigilant, we will continue analysing and examining information as the government is making concerted efforts together." In Tokyo, deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Hiroshige Seko, a key aide to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, said Saturday morning that the government was still waiting for new information on the hostage crisis.

France and Morocco to resume judicial cooperation: French government
PARIS (Reuters) - France and Morocco will resume their judicial and legal cooperation, the French justice ministry said in a statement on Saturday. Morocco had suspended cooperation agreements in protest at an attempt by French authorities to question the head of Morocco's domestic intelligence service over torture allegations while he was visiting Paris a year ago.

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