US carries out first federal execution in 17 years Jul 15, 2020 0 1792 12345 DPAWashingtonThe United States on Tuesday carried out the first federal execution in 17 years, after a series of legal battles that ended in the Supreme Court clearing the way for the administration to revive capital punishment by the federal government.Daniel Lewis Lee, a white supremacist who was convicted of murdering a family of three in the 1990s, was put to death by lethal injection in the US state of Indiana, the Department of Justice said in a press release.The execution was due to take place on Monday, but was delayed by a US District Court judge to allow death row inmates to continue legal challenges against the new lethal injection protocol announced by the government last year.The Supreme Court then overturned the halt in a late-night order.The victims’ relatives had earlier attempted to delay the execution, citing concerns that they would be exposed to the coronavirus if they attended, though that halt was overturned by a federal appeals court.The decision to go ahead with the execution - the first at a federal level since 2003 - has been criticized as a political move, with civil rights activists expressing concern about cases being rushed.Three more federal executions are scheduled in the next few weeks.Attorney General William Barr last summer announced he was bringing back the death penalty, of which President Donald Trump has been a long-time vocal advocate. RELATED ARTICLES Scaled-down Bastille Day parade pays homage to French health workers Jul 15, 2020 0 610 Second virus wave in UK winter could see 120,000 deaths Jul 15, 2020 0 635 Tell-all book by Trump’s niece released after family bid to block it Jul 15, 2020 0 974 China to hit Lockheed Martin with sanctions over Taiwan deal AFP Beijing China said on Tuesday it would impose sanctions on US defence group Lockheed Martin, days after the United States approved a potential $620 million upgrade package for missiles to Taiwan -- fuelling tensions .. US stance on South China Sea undermines regional peace: Beijing DPA Beijing China on Tuesday criticised Washington for challenging Beijing’s claims in the South China Sea amid escalating tensions between the two countries. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said .. Japan defence review slams China’s virus ‘disinformation’ TOKYO: China has been spreading “disinformation” about the coronavirus and its naval activities are a matter of “grave” concern, Japan said in its annual defence review published on Tuesday. After a period of warming .. French president wants face masks mandatory indoors as virus picks up PARIS: French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday that face masks could soon be required in public indoor spaces to curtail the coronavirus outbreak, acknowledging that infections were again on the rise. His .. Baby infected with COVID-19 in the womb: French study PARIS: Doctors in France have described what they said was the first confirmed case of a newborn infected in the womb with COVID-19 by the mother. The baby boy, born in March, suffered brain swelling and neurological .. Germany, Sweden lift COVID-19 travel restrictions BERLIN: Germany has lifted its travel warning for Sweden as the number of coronavirus cases there has fallen since the beginning of July. Sweden was the last country in Europe where the German Foreign Ministry had a travel .. Austria bans flights from Balkans to prevent imported virus cases VIENNA: Austria on Tuesday said it was suspending passenger flights from most Balkan countries, Moldova and Egypt to lower the risk of travellers infected with coronavirus entering the country. The measure will take .. UK U-turn as government confirms face mask order LONDON: Face masks will become compulsory in shops and supermarkets in England from next week, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Tuesday, marking a U-turn on previous policy. The new legislation will come into force ..