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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.
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Iran: two executions, one in public

The Iranian regime's henchmen hanged a 36-year-old father of 3 in a prison in the city of Gorgan in northern Iran.

The victim identified as Hossein Naybandani had been sentenced to death for "transferring and being in possession of drugs."

Naybandani was hanged early morning on Sunday in the main prison in Gorgan.

There has been no official information released on his execution.

Execution rates have been increasing at "an exponential rate" in Iran. Since Hassan Rouhani took office as president of the clerical regime, the rate of executions has reach its highest in 25 years.

Iran under the rule of the mullahs is the number 1 record holder for the number of executions per capita.

As Ahmed Shaheed, the U.N. special rapporteur for human rights in Iran, has pointed out, the Iranian regime "continues to execute more individuals per capita than any other country in the world."

The number of executions by the regime is much higher than those officially reported or published in state media.

Source: NCR-Iran, December 12, 2015


A Prisoner Hanged for Drug Offenses, Another Prisoner Hanged in Public

On Sunday December 6, a prisoner with alleged drug charges was reportedly hanged at Gorgan Central Prison. On Wednesday December 9, an unidentified prisoner with alleged rape charges was reportedly hanged in a public space in Mamasani, a county in the province of Fars.

According to the human rights group, HRANA, the prisoner who was hanged on Sunday is Hossein Neybandani, a 31-year old man accused of possessing and trafficking narcotics. 

Iranian official sources have been silent about Neybandani's execution.

According to the Iranian official news site Seda o Sima, the unidentified prisoner was 21 years old at the time of his execution.

Source: Iran Human Rights, December 12, 2015

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