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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…

Indonesian government uncertain on use of death penalty in 2016

JAKARTA: The Indonesian government is yet to decide on whether it will execute drug traffickers this year, but has said it will focus more on improving the economy for the next seven to eight months.

“We’ll see what happens. We are still studying this very carefully. Maybe we could [continue with executions] this year, or maybe next year,” Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Luhut Pandjaitan said in Jakarta on Friday.

Luhut said Indonesia had been disturbed by noisy, annoying comments from the public about the death penalty’s implementation. “So we have to calculate very carefully when using the death penalty,” he said.

According to 2015 data from the National Narcotics Agency, there are 14 drug convicts currently waiting to face the firing squad. 

Last year Indonesia put to death 14 drug convicts, including two Australians that were part of the Bali Nine group, Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan.

Source: The Jakarta Post, March 12 2016

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