Singapore on Friday executed Australian drug trafficker Nguyen Tuong Van despite appeals for clemency from his family and the Australian government. Singapore has only granted clemency to six inmates on death row _ all Singaporeans _ since independence in 1965, according to local media.
Singapore's current president, S.R. Nathan, has the power to grant clemency, though many of his duties are ceremonial, the AP reported. The president's office has said that clemency decisions are made "after due consideration with the advice of the Cabinet." A.M.
The Ilyushin 20 (Il-20) military electronic reconnaissance aircraft of the Russian Air Force with 14 servicemen on board that went off radar screens off the coast of Syria was shot down by Syrian air defense systems over the Mediterranean Sea