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No men and no women have been

executed in the United States in 2018.

35 Killed in Baghdad, Iraq
At least 35 individuals have been killed, and 90 other injured, when two suicide bombers detonated in a square in the city of Baghdad. The area where the bombs were set off was where day laborers would gather to look for work. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for peace.
12 Injured in Russian School Attack
Eleven children and one teacher were injured during a knife attack at a school in Perm, Russia. The incident is currently under investigation. The two attackers were identified as two 16-year-old boys. Please pray for healing for the injured.
1 Killed from Earthquake in Peru
At one individuals has died, and 65 others are injured, following a 7.1 magnitude earthquake in south-west Peru. Mainly rural areas are affected. Please pray for the family of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
3 Killed Off Eastern Indian Coast
A boat carrying 40 school students capsized of the coast of Mumbai. At least three individuals have been killed and 32 others rescued, while workers continue searching for the remaining students. The boat was overcrowded and the students were not wearing life jackets. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the safety of the missing students.
Volcano Eruption in Papua New Guinea
A volcano on Kadovar island has begun erupting prompting those who live nearby to flee the island. There are no confirmed records of previous large-scale eruptions by this volcano. Please pray for the safety of those who live on the island.
North Korea Attending 2018 Olympics in South Korea
Details are still being finalized, however, a North Korean delegation, including a 140-member orchestra, will be in attendance at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. North Korea boycotted the 1988 Olympic games held in Seoul, South Korea. Please pray for the safety of all traveling to attend the 2018 Winter Olympics. Please pray for the athletes preparing to compete.
Burning Oil Tanker Sinks in East China Sea
A burning oil tanker has sank in the East China Sea, after colliding with a cargo ship, causing an environmental disaster. The tanker was loaded with ultra-light crude oil which has spilled into the water, creating a toxic underwater slick. All 32 crew members aboard the tanker are believed to be deceased. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the safety of those trying to clean up the spill.
20 Killed in California Mudslide
At least 20 individuals have died following a mudslide in Montecito, California. The mudslide occurred after half an inch of rain fell in five minutes in an area recently consumed by wildfires, making it especially vulnerable to mudslides. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for the safety of the missing and for the rescue workers.

July 13, 2017

 

For the past several years, Ohio has struggled to resume carrying out executions.  They have had to reschedule executions numerous times, leading the state of have executions scheduled all the way through 2021.  But, with a recent ruling by the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals, Ohio looks to start carrying out executions again.

 

Executions came to an abrupt halt in Ohio following the January 2014 execution of Dennis McGuire, where the state employed a new, never-before-used combination of drugs.  It took nearly 25 minutes for Dennis to be pronounced as deceased.  After the execution, witnesses to the execution reported that Dennis did not appear to be fully unconscious during the execution, as he was allegedly moving.  Following an in-depth investigation, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections determined that Dennis was unconscious for the execution, however, they increased the amount of the drugs used during the execution.

 

After the execution protocol was revised, several inmates filed appeals.  This action caused Judge Gregory Frost to postpone all scheduled executions until the lawsuit was resolved.  Further complications to continuing executions arose in December of 2014.  The state legislature passed a law that would protect the identities of those who supply executions drugs.  Opponents claim that this law hinders the inmates’ ability to appeal their execution, as well as leaves open the opportunity for the state to purchase and use drugs that may not be up to standard. 

 

In January of 2015, Ohio approved another new execution protocol, which uses a new and different combination of drugs than the ones used to execute Dennis.  However, Ohio did not have a supply of execution drugs.  Therefore, all executions were postponed until January of 2016, to allow time to purchase the drugs, and - hopefully - conclude legal challenges.

 

By October of 2015, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections recognized that they would not be able to obtain the necessary drugs in time to resume executions in early 2016.  All executions were, once again, rescheduled to begin in January of 2017, with the execution of Ronald Phillips.

 

Ronald’s execution has been delayed and rescheduled numerous times since then, due to legal challenges.  Several lower courts and a three-judge panel for the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals effectively halted executions by ruling that midazolam was not an acceptable drug to be used in executions, even though the Supreme Court of the United States ruled the opposite on June 30, 2015.  Upon appeal of the lower court decisions, the full 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals agreed to hear the case.  On June 29, 2017, the full 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 8-6 that Ohio could resume lethal injections.  Opponents have stated that they will appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States.

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