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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: 56 Prisoners Executed in 17 Days

In a concerning statistical jump, in less than 3 weeks, more than 56 prisoners with different charges were hanged in 10 different cities of Iran.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), in 17 days, 56 executions were registered in Shahrood, Gorgan, Uremia, Minab, Tabriz, Mashhad, Taybad, Nayriz, and Shiraz.

According to the statistic centre of HRANA, on September 13th, 17 prisoners in Vakil Abad prison with drug related charges, 3 prisoners in Adel Abad in Shiraz, 2 of whom were charged with robbery and 1 other was charged with rape, were hanged.

The new month started with the execution of 1 prisoner in public. A prisoner who was charged with rape, murder, abduction and robbery was hanged in Nayriz stadium, in Fras province.

On Saturday, September 24, 4 drug offenders were hanged in Tabriz central prison.

In Taybad and Uremia on September 25 and 26, 2 prisoners charged with drug related charges were executed.

On September 27, HRANA reported that on 2nd quarter of September, 2 prisoners in Shahrood and 1 in Gorgan were executed.

On September 28, the execution of 7 prisoners with drug related charges was registered.

In continuation of this trend, on September 29, 11 prisoners were executed with the charges of drug smuggling, homicide, and armed robbery.

Finally, 8 prisoners, including 1 woman were hanged in Uremia prison for drug related charges.

Source: HRANA News Agency, October 17, 2016

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