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Man executed for killing 3 members of Texas family

Texas executes man for fatally stabbing 3 members of Corpus Christi family 13 years ago
Michael Graczyk, The Associated Press

HUNTSVILLE, Texas - A man convicted of fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend, her young son and her mother 13 years ago at a home in Corpus Christi was executed by Texas prison officials Wednesday.

The lethal injection of Jose Villegas, 39, was carried out after his attorneys unsuccessfully argued to the U.S. Supreme Court that he was mentally impaired and ineligible for the death penalty.

Top court refuses Srinivasan return as BCCI chief

India's Supreme Court refuses Narainswami Srinivasan's return as BCCI chief
The Associated Press

NEW DELHI - India's Supreme Court refused to reinstate the suspended Narainswami Srinivasan on Wednesday after he requested to return as president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

A reluctant Srinivasan had to be forced by the court to step aside nearly three weeks ago, until the BCCI completed an investigation into corruption in the Indian Premier League.

Little sign of progress as Obama, Putin speak

Little sign of progress as Obama, Putin speak for first time in more than 2 weeks
Julie Pace, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke for the first time in more than two weeks but showed little sign of agreement Monday, with the U.S. leader urging pro-Russian forces to de-escalate the situation in eastern Ukraine and Putin denying that Moscow was interfering in the region.

Ukraine struggles as east slips out of its control

Ukraine struggles as east slips out of its control, seeks UN peace-keeping support
Peter Leonard And Maria Danilova, The Associated Press

HORLIVKA, Ukraine - The fuel is local, but the matches are Russian. That in a nutshell is how the insurgency threatening the survival of Ukraine as a unified state is increasingly unfolding.

Memoir by Indian PM's ex-aide irks amid elections

Memoir by Indian prime minister's former media adviser irks government amid elections
Katy Daigle, The Associated Press

NEW DELHI - A new book by a former aide to India's prime minister has caused a political stir during ongoing national elections by suggesting the outgoing leader was never fully in charge of his government.

Instead, "The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh," by Sanjaya Baru, describes the country's top technocrat as having to compete with the dynastic Congress Party's leader, Sonia Gandhi, for influence within his own Cabinet.

Pakistan fires defence minister, escalating crisis

Pakistan fires defence minister, army warns of turmoil as crisis escalates
Chris Brummitt,Zarar Khan, The Associated Press

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan's government fired the defence secretary Wednesday and the army warned of "grievous consequences" for the country, escalating a political and legal crisis that some believe could end in the dismissal of government.

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