Excluding China , states around the world executed 1,032 people in 2016, according to Amnesty's records. Of those, 87% took place in just four countries - Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Pakistan. For the eight death row inmates who for years had been facing death penalty enforcement, it was an expiration date for their own lives. In sub-Saharan Africa fewer executions were recorded but the number of death sentences more than doubled, largely due to a steep rise in Nigeria.
The European Union on Thursday expanded sanctions against North Korea over the country's nuclear tests and launches of ballistic missiles. The new Trump administration hasn't backed down on the Thaad deployment. But, as in the past, such moves require help from Beijing. South Korean officials have expressed that this latest test was deliberately timed to Xi and Trump's upcoming meeting.
The newspaper Dagens Nyheter said the suspect sought asylum in Sweden several years ago but did not have a criminal record. Police had been looking for him since Sweden's Migration Agency in December gave him four weeks to leave, but security services had not viewed him as a militant threat.
According to the latest Mainstreet/Postmedia poll, which surveyed respondents April 1-3, 26 percent of voters would back the Liberals , 29 percent the NDP, the official opposition, 13 percent the Green Party and 9 percent the Conservative Party.
The U.S. -led coalition said in a statement that it was investigating multiple strikes in western Mosul that allegedly resulted in civilian deaths. "As we move into the urban environment it is going to become more and more hard to apply extraordinarily high standards for things we are doing, although we will try", Votel said during a House Armed Services meeting.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said of the rules change that won approval: "It will make the cooling saucer of the Senate considerably hotter, and I believe it will make the Supreme Court a more partisan place". Gorsuch fills the vacancy left by the sudden death of Antonin Scalia more than a year ago. The only real uncertainty in the process had been whether the Democrats would be able to muster the 41 votes needed to filibuster Gorsuch's nomination.