1. ARIZONA EXECUTION CONTROVERSY
Botched?: Another lethal injection and with it more questions about whether it was carried out humanely. During Arizona’s execution of Joseph Wood last night, he snorted and struggled to breathe during the nearly two hours it took him to die, his attorney said. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has directed the Department of Corrections to review the process, saying she’s concerned by the length of time it took to carry out the lethal injection. A federal judge ordered local officials to preserve all physical evidence in Wood’s execution.
2. UKRAINE – MALAYSIA AIRLINES
In mourning: Another 74 coffins are expected to arrive in the Netherlands today as recovery teams continue the grim task of transferring the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 from Ukraine. The Boeing 777 with 298 people aboard was shot down a week ago over the nation’s east where separatist rebels are in control. Of the victims, 193 were Dutch citizens. The transfer of remains is expected to be completed by Friday.
3. MIDEAST CRISIS
Diplomatic efforts: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is burning up the diplomacy trial, trying to secure a cease-fire in the Middle East between Israel and Hamas. “Over the last few days Secretary Kerry has been engaged with the Israelis, Palestinians, Egyptians, Europeans, the UN, the Arab League, Qatar, Jordan, Turkey, and the UAE to determine how to achieve an end to the current violence and build a process that can create a sustainable path forward,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz said. About 700 Palestinians and 35 Israelis – 32 soldiers and three civilians – have died in the conflict.
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