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Legalized lethal injection opens road for regular executions

Florida's Supreme Court considered the state's lethal injection procedures not cruel and unusual.

The justices wrote that "we reject the conclusion that lethal injection as applied in Florida is unconstitutional." The decision was unanimous.

Lethal injection procedures are under review by the U.S. Supreme Court. The high court has allowed only one execution to be carried out since it agreed in September to hear a case from Kentucky that raises a similar challenge.

The state Supreme Court ruled that Florida's lethal injection procedure does not violate the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment, particularly since safeguards were put in place a December execution.

In that execution, it took 34 minutes - twice as long as usual - for Puerto Rican-born convicted killer Angel Diaz to die.

Mark Dean Schwab, one of two inmates who have sued over the way Florida administers lethal injections to condemned prisoners, is scheduled to be executed on Nov. 15. He was convicted in the rape and murder of 11-year-old Junny Rios-Martinez.

Florida's constitution requires the court to hear appeals from final judgments of trial courts imposing the death penalty.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a briefing in Beijing that the question about the shipment of S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems to Syria had not been resolved yet. However, Syrian Ambassador to Russia Riyad Haddad said that S-300 missile systems had been delivered to Syria last month

Israel can learn many lessons with the help of Russia's S-300 air defence systems in Syria

Representatives of the Israeli Defence Ministry responded to recent reports about the possible delivery of S-300 SAM systems from Russia to Syria. Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that Israel would destroy those systems

Israel vows to destroy Russia's S-300 in Syria in case of danger
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