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The fire moved quickly through the house, a one-story wood-frame structure in a working-class neighborhood of Corsicana, in northeast Texas. Flames spread along the walls, bursting through doorways, blistering paint and tiles and furniture. Smoke pressed against the ceiling, then banked downward, seeping into each room and through crevices in the windows, staining the morning sky.
Buffie Barbee, who was eleven years old and lived two houses down, was playing in her back yard when she smelled the smoke. She ran inside and told her mother, Diane, and they hurried up the street; that’s when they saw the smoldering house and Cameron Todd Willingham standing on the front porch, wearing only a pair of jeans, his chest blackened with soot, his hair and eyelids singed. He was screaming, “My babies are burning up!” His children—Karmon and Kameron, who were one-year-old twin girls, and two-year-old Amber—were trapped inside.
Willingham told the Barbees to call the Fire Department, and while Dia…

China: Three executed for Kunming railway station attack

March 24, 2015: three people were executed for a mass stabbing that killed 31 people at a train station in Kunming in March 2014, China’s Supreme People’s Court announced in a microblog post, with authorities blaming the attack on separatists from mainly Muslim Xinjiang.

Iskandar Ehet, Turgun Tohtunyaz and Hasayn Muhammad were put to death for “leading a terrorist organisation and intentional homicide”, the Supreme People’s Court said. 

A female attacker, Patigul Tohti, was pregnant at the time of her arrest and was sentenced to life in prison.

The bloodshed in Kunming also saw more than 141 people wounded and was dubbed “China’s 9/11” by state-run media.

Beijing blamed it on “separatists” from the resource-rich far western Xinjiang, where at least 200 have died in attacks and clashes between locals and security forces over 2014.

China put an estimated 2,400 people to death in 2014, according to the US-based Dui Hua Foundation. 

Sources: Reuters,The Guardian, Hands Off Cain, March 24, 2014

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