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Saturday April 16th, 2022 morning edition

image for South Carolina inmate picks firing squad over electric chair as execution looms, calling both options "unconstitutional"

If executed as scheduled on April 29, he would be the first person put to death in the state since 2011.

This 2019 photo shows the electric chair previously used by the South Carolina Department of Corrections.

The new law was prompted by the decadelong break, which corrections officials attribute to an inability to procure the drugs needed to carry out lethal injections.

Richard Moore South Carolina Department of Corrections via AP.

In the case of a firing squad execution, three volunteer prison workers will train their rifles on the condemned prisoner's heart.

South Carolina is one of eight states to still use the electric chair and one of four to allow a firing squad, according to the Washington-based nonprofit Death Penalty Information Center.

In 2020, South Carolina postponed Moore's execution after the state could not obtain the drugs to carry out lethal injection. »

Japan’s greenhouse gas emissions fall 5.1 percent in 2020/21 to record low

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Japan's greenhouse gas emission fell to record low in fiscal 2020.

Japan’s greenhouse gas emissions fell to a record low in the financial year that ended March 2021, government figures showed on Friday, a result of a slower industry activities amid the pandemic and wider use of renewable energy.

The 2020/21 level was the lowest since 1990/91, when Japan began compiling data on greenhouse gas emissions, revised data from the environment ministry shows. »

Zelensky asks Biden to designate Russia a state sponsor of terrorism

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The fight: Russian forces continue to mount sporadic attacks on civilian targets in a number of Ukrainian cities.

Russia has used an array of weapons against Ukraine, some of which have drawn the attention and concern of analysts.

In Russia: Putin has locked down the flow of information within Russia, where the war isn’t even being called a war. »

Russian crowd mourns Black Sea flagship after sinking

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April 15 (Reuters) - Dozens of people gathered in the Crimean city of Sevastopol on Friday to mourn the sinking of the flagship of Russia's Black Sea Fleet, a symbol, the crowd heard, of hope, revival and power until its demise.

Some embraced and others laid flowers in memory of the Moskva missile cruiser at a monument to the 1696 foundation of the Russian navy in the centre of Sevastopol, headquarters of the Black Sea Fleet.

1/2 A wreath with a ribbon reading "To the Moskva ship" is seen during a ceremony organised by veterans of the Black Sea Fleet in memory of the Russian missile cruiser Moskva, which sank in the Black Sea following a fire, in Sevastopol, Crimea April 15, 2022. »