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State of Texas executes man, 36, for 2002 murder

The US state of Texas has executed John Manuel Quintanilla Jr for the murder of a man during an attempted robbery at a gaming room in 2002, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said.

Quintanilla, 36, was pronounced dead at 7:32 p.m. local time (CDT) at a Texas state prison in Huntsville, the department said.

Quintanilla was convicted of the murder of Victor Billings in Victoria, Texas, about 120 miles southwest of Houston, in November 2002.

Lindsay Sandiford launches fresh death penalty appeal

The grandmother, from Cheltenham in Gloucestershire, claims she was forced to transport the drugs to protect her children. Credit: REUTERS

A British grandmother who has been sentenced to death by firing squad for drug smuggling in Bali has lodged an appeal at Indonesia's Supreme Court, pressure group Reprieve has said.

It is Lindsay Sandiford's second bid to overturn her death penalty after she lost her first appeal at the Bali High Court last month.

Balinese police claim the 56-year-old was at the centre of a drugs-importing ring after bringing £1.6 million of cocaine into the country. She denies the allegations.

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Briton faces death penalty on drug charges

A British man is facing the death penalty in the United Arab Emirates, the Foreign Office has confirmed.

A local news report by the National claimed the unnamed Briton is a 21-year-old, who was sentenced in Abu Dhabi alongside a 19-year-old Syrian man for selling an undercover police officer 20g oh cannabis worth 1,500 UAE Dirhams (£262). A spokesman from the Foreign Office said:

I can confirm that a British national is facing death penalty in the UAE. We remain in close contact with the British national and his legal team and continue to provide consular assistance.

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