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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…

Saudi national executed for killing policeman

Public beheading in Saudi Arabia (file photo)
Public beheading in Saudi Arabia (file photo)
Saudi Arabia on Tuesday executed one of its citizens in the southern city of Abha after he was convicted of killing a policeman, the interior ministry said.

Ali Assiri shot and killed the policeman while being arrested, the ministry said in a statement published by the official SPA news agency.

The ultra-conservative kingdom has carried out 134 executions, including of many foreigners, so far this year, according to an AFP count. This far exceeds a toll of 87 for the whole of 2014.

Amnesty International says Saudi Arabia is one of the world’s most prolific executioners, alongside China, Iran, Iraq and the United States.

Under the kingdom’s strict Islamic legal code, murder, drug trafficking, armed robbery, rape, homosexuality and apostasy are all punishable by death.

The interior ministry says the death penalty is an important deterrent.

The vast majority of executions are carried out by beheading, some in public, but a few are carried out by firing squad.

Source: Agence France-Presse, October 13, 2015

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