US Supreme Court blocks plans to bring back federal death penalty Dec 08, 2019 0 478 12345 DPAWashingtonThe highest court in the United States blocked plans to bring back the death penalty on a federal level on Friday, days before a planned execution.The US Supreme Court denied an urgent application from the government to allow cases to resume after a 16-year hiatus, which effectively halted the executions of four men due to be put to death over the next few weeks, US media including the New York Times reported.Attorney General William Barr, seen as an arch-conservative, announced he was bringing back the death penalty in July, declaring that the federal government planned to execute five people convicted of murder, including a white supremacist.President Donald Trump has been a long-time vocal advocate of the death penalty, going back to his days as an outspoken real-estate mogul. As president, he has kept up a hard-line approach.US states individually decide whether to use capital punishment in their criminal justice systems. The federal system is separate to those of the 50 states and other jurisdictions.Some 20 states have banned the death penalty, while others have not carried out executions in decades.The last time the federal government executed someone was in 2003, one of only a small handful of such cases since the death penalty was reinstated at the federal level in 1988.Part of the legal challenge to the use of the death penalty at the federal level relates to appeals over the protocol of execution, which is lethal injection. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Britain’s Johnson and Corbyn trade barbs in televised election debate Dec 08, 2019 0 646 CHILE UNREST ENTERS 5OTH DAY Dec 08, 2019 0 988 White House rejects participation in ‘baseless’ impeachment probe Dec 08, 2019 0 397 Trump continues to hope for dialogue with Kim; consults S Korea’s Moon DPA Seoul Given the lack of progress in talks on North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme, US President Donald Trump has consulted with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Both agreed in a telephone call on Saturday that .. Thousands in Myanmar rally behind Suu Kyi ahead of Hague court date Naypyidaw: Thousands rallied in support of Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar on Saturday, on the eve of her departure for the UN’s top court to defend Myanmar against charges of genocide against Rohingya Muslims. The raucous .. Indian rape victim set on fire died of cardiac arrest NEW DELHI: A 23-year-old Indian woman who was allegedly set ablaze by men accused of raping her has died of a cardiac arrest, a spokesman for Delhi’s Safdarjang Hospital said on Saturday. The woman was attacked on .. Pakistan’s PML-N leaders meet with Sharif in London ISLAMABAD: A group of PML-N leaders held a meeting in London on Saturday with party president Shehbaz Sharif to discuss the party’s role in various parliamentary matters, including the pending legislation on an army .. Transport disruption continues into third day in France Paris: Strikes and protests against the Paris government’s planned pension reform continued for the third consecutive day on Saturday. Rail traffic was again massively disrupted throughout the country, and in Paris .. US denuclearisation talks ‘out of the negotiation table’, says North Korea AFP GENEVA North Korea on Saturday said denuclearisation talks with the United States were “out of the negotiation table,” while slamming European UN Security Council members who had recently denounced its ..