Ecuador increases death toll in prison riots to 79

The number of inmates killed in riots at three separate prisons in Ecuador this week has increased to 79, authorities said on Wednesday, after they regained control of the facilities. Hundreds of police officers and military personnel were deployed after coordinated fights between rival gangs broke out in the prisons’ maximum-security wings on Monday night. […]

Ahmaud Arbery’s mother files $1m lawsuit on anniversary of death

The mother of Ahmaud Arbery filed a federal civil rights lawsuit on Tuesday against the three men accused of killing her son, a Black man who was chased down and shot dead as he jogged through his Georgia neighbourhood. The $1m suit, filed by Wanda Cooper-Jones on the anniversary of her son’s death, also names […]

US revives investigation into George Floyd death: Report

Department of Justice takes new action in the probe, which languished under the Trump administration. A federal US investigation into the police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, has shown signs of reinvigoration with the empanelling of a new grand jury and the calling of new witnesses, according to a report by The […]

US: Police will not face charges in Daniel Prude’s death

Grand jury votes not to indict police officers involved in arrest and suffocation death of 41-year-old man in Rochester, New York. The police officers involved in the arrest and asphyxiation death of an unarmed Black man in the US state of New York last year will not face criminal charges, the state’s attorney general announced […]

US police, paramedics erred before Elijah McClain death: Inquiry

Police and paramedics made several errors during the 2019 stop in Colorado of 23-year-old Elijah McClain that led to the unarmed Black man’s death, a report by independent investigators released on Monday said. Police had no legal basis to stop McClain, who was walking home from a convenience store, to search him, or to use […]

Family sues Texas power companies for $100m over death of boy, 11

Cristian Pavon’s family says ‘gross negligence’ caused death by ‘hypothermia’, as Texans receive sky-high energy bills. The family of an 11-year-old boy who died during the Texas winter storm and the ensuing blackouts is suing the state’s grid operator and energy company Entergy for $100m as Texans begin to see exorbitant energy bills. Cristian Pavon […]

‘We can be sure innocents died’, US death row exonerations show

The Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) added 11 cases to its “Innocence List” that tracks American death row exonerations on Thursday, bringing the total to 185 and raising concerns over the likelihood more innocents – especially people of colour – will be condemned. “Everybody’s worst fear about capital punishment is that innocent people will be […]

Death toll rises as severe winter storm sweeps US

Millions are without power as a winter storm grips the southern and central United States, with the death toll rising to 20 from record-breaking cold weather. More than 20 storm-related deaths have been registered by Tuesday, as storm warnings were issued in parts of Oklahoma, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas and the hardest-hit state of Texas. More […]

Bangladesh court sentences five to death for killing US blogger

The five are members of an armed group accused of killing Avijit Roy, a US citizen of Bangladeshi origin, in February 2015. A court in Bangladesh has sentenced to death five members of an armed group for killing a US blogger critical of religious extremism six years ago. One man was sentenced to life in […]

Guinea Ebola death toll rises to five as vaccine roll-out begins

Five people have now died from Ebola in Guinea as the government launched an urgent contact-tracing search after the disease’s latest reappearance. Guinea announced the outbreak on Saturday – the first in West Africa since a 2013-2016 epidemic that left more than 11,300 dead in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. According to an epidemiological report […]

Saudi woman handed death sentence for killing Bangladeshi maid

Saudi court sentences Ayesha al-Jizani to death for killing Bangladeshi maid Abiron Begum in March 2019, says Bangladeshi official. A criminal court in Saudi Arabia has handed the death sentence to a Saudi woman for killing her Bangladeshi maid in a ruling rights groups say was a rare example of an employer being found guilty […]

New York should have released care home death data faster: Cuomo

New York governor is under fire for his administration’s handling of data on COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes. The governor of the US state of New York has said his administration should have released information faster on coronavirus-related deaths in nursing homes, after reports emerged that thousands more residents died of COVID-19 than the state’s […]

‘Tens of thousands’ could starve to death in Ethiopia’s Tigray

Ethiopian Red Cross warns 80 percent of Ethiopia’s conflict-hit Tigray region has been cut off from humanitarian assistance. Eighty percent of Ethiopia’s conflict-hit Tigray region has been cut off from humanitarian assistance and tens of thousands could starve to death, the Ethiopian Red Cross has warned. The grim assessment on Wednesday came as fighting between […]

Bangladesh sentences eight to death for publisher’s murder

Dhaka, Bangladesh – A court in Dhaka has sentenced eight people of a banned armed group to death in connection with the murder of a publisher in the capital six years ago. Faysal Arefin Dipon, the publisher of Bangladesh’s Jagriti Prokashoni, was hacked to death on November 31, 2015 in his own office in the […]

Saudi Arabia commutes death sentences of 3 men jailed as minors

Three men sentenced to death for joining 2012 protests as teens have their sentences converted to 10 years in jail. Saudi Arabia has commuted the death sentences of three men who were arrested for taking part in anti-government protests as minors, in the latest attempt by the kingdom to improve its human rights record. The […]

Virginia first US southern state set to abolish death penalty

Virginia legislature passes measure, paving way for signature of Governor Northam, who already voiced support. The Virginia House of Delegates voted on Friday to abolish the death penalty, becoming the first southern US state to do so. “Virginia’s achievement today does much more than sound, once again, the death penalty’s demise. The Commonwealth is about […]

Virginia, Shifting Left Fast, Moves to Abolish Death Penalty

Since taking control of the state Legislature in 2019, Virginia Democrats have enacted a run of progressive laws — on gun control, abortion access and the removal of Confederate monuments. Now Virginia is poised to become the first state in the South to abolish the death penalty, a sign of ascendant liberal political power in […]

Former cop indicted for murder in Andre Hill death

A white Ohio police officer was charged with murder on Wednesday in the latest fallout following the December shooting death of 47-year-old Andre Hill, a Black man, the state’s attorney general said. Former Columbus police officer Adam Coy was indicted on a murder charge by a Franklin County grand jury following an investigation by the […]

‘Life and death’: Barriers to healthcare for ethnic minorities

When he was volunteering as a medical translator at New York’s community-organised COVID-19 Bengali hotline during the spring lockdown last year, Lala Tanmoy Das received a call from a woman who could not speak English. “It was from a Bangladeshi woman in her 50s. She displayed shortness of breath, was profusely sweating and having chest […]

Family of Man Attacked by Fire Ants at V.A. Facility Before His Death Sues U.S.

The family of a military veteran who died in 2019 after he was bitten all over his body by fire ants while at a Veterans Affairs facility in Atlanta filed a wrongful-death lawsuit this week against the U.S. government and a pest control company. The lawsuit, filed Monday in Federal District Court in Atlanta, claims […]

H&M probes abuse at Indian factory after death of woman worker

More than a dozen workers at an H&M supplier’s factory in southern India have spoken out about harassment following the death of a 20-year-old female employee, a labour rights group said. Fashion retailer H&M said on Tuesday that it would investigate reports of sexual harassment at a supplier’s factory in southern India following the death […]

Can Biden abolish the death penalty?

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Wuhan neighbourhood banishes memory of lockdown death

Body of a man lying for hours on a sidewalk became a symbol of the chaos enveloping coronavirus-hit Wuhan last year. It was the image that became a symbol of the chaos enveloping coronavirus-hit Wuhan: the body of a man lying for hours on the pavement. The grim scene, captured a year ago by AFP […]

Covid-19 Live Updates: Mexico’s Death Toll Grows to World’s Third Highest

Here’s what you need to know: A Covid-19 victim being cremated in Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Mexico.Credit…Pedro Pardo/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Mexico’s confirmed coronavirus death toll surpassed India’s on Thursday to become the world’s third-highest, after months in which President Andrés Manuel López Obrador downplayed the virus as his government scrambled to control it. As of […]