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Indonesian executions a 'complete mess' CILACAP: Indonesia executed four drug convicts on Friday but 10 others due to face the firing squad were given an apparent reprieve in a confused process one lawyer condemned as a "complete mess".The executions on a remote prison island went ahead despite strong protests from international rights groups, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the European Union who had urged Indonesia not to proceed.Four inmates -- three Nigerians and one Indonesian -- were put to death just after midnight. One of the Nigerian prisoners was cremated just hours later, while the bodies of the three others were being prepared for burial.But questions swirled about the handling of the process, which saw the other 10 prisoners slated for death -- including from India, Pakistan and Zimbabwe -- spared at the last minute without explanation.Deputy attorney general Noor Rachmad said shortly afterwards that "the rest will be carried out in stages", but the ...

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In speech of her life, Clinton seeking to dispel doubts PHILADELPHIA: Democrat Hillary Clinton will make her case for the White House on Thursday night, taking the stage at her nominating convention to try to dispel doubts about her character and restore her battered image.In the biggest speech of her more than 25-year career in public service, Clinton will sound the themes that will propel her campaign against Republican Donald Trump in the Nov. 8 election. It will be Clinton's turn in the spotlight after ...

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Clinton's challenge: counter Trump, earn voter respect PHILADELPHIA: Hillary Clinton faces the test of a lifetime Thursday as she accepts the Democratic White House nomination in a defining speech aimed at prizing voters away from Donald Trump -- and convincing America to entrust her with the world's biggest job.It is the center-stage opportunity she came so close to seizing eight years ago during her first White House campaign, only to be defeated in her party's primary race by Barack Obama.Clinton made history ...

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Five US troops wounded in Afghanistan: military WASHINGTON: Five US special forces troops have been wounded fighting the Islamic State group in eastern Afghanistan, General John Nicholson, the US commander said Thursday.Two of the troops have returned to duty after being treated for their wounds, while the other three were expected to recover fully, General John Nicholson, who heads the NATO force in Afghanistan, said in a video conference from Kabul.The Americans were wounded "in the last several days" while taking part ...

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US-led coalition raids kill 15 civilians in Syria: monitor BEIRUT: At least 15 civilians were killed and dozens wounded in air strikes by a US-led coalition in Syria on Thursday, a monitor said.The strikes hit a northern town controlled by the Islamic State militant group, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights."Airstrikes by international coalition fighter jets after midnight (Thursday morning) on the town of Ghandoura killed at least 15 civilians and wounded dozens," said the monitoring group's head, Rami Abdel Rahman.The town lies ...