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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.