Four of the 14 planned executions announced by the Indonesian government this week were carried out this morning.
The four convicted drug offenders – two Nigerians, one South African and one Indonesian – faced the firing squad on the penal island of Nusakambangan just after midnight, despite heavy pressure to halt the executions at the last minute.
It is not yet known why the other 10 prisoners who were expected to be executed did not join them.
“All the others are still waiting for their trials to be re-examined,” a correspondent for Al Jazeera reported.
At least 68 people dead in Nepal flash floods
At least 68 people were killed and 15 others are missing after three days of heavy rain triggered flash flooding and landslides in Nepal.
Yadav Koirala, spokesman for Nepal’s home ministry, reported that soldiers and police personnel rescue teams used rubber boats and helicopters to assist in the rescue of people from higher ground such as rooftops and trees.
“The situation is still very bad. We are taking measures to help people in every possible way,” the Indian forestry minister, Pramila Rani Brahma said.
Syrian and Russian forces to open exit corridors in Aleppo
Syrian and Russian forces will begin a large scale humanitarian operation to assist residents currently trapped in besieged Aleppo. This comes a day after the Syrian army announced that it had surrounded the city and cut off rebel supply routes.
Officials from both countries announced they will create three relief corridors to distribute food, water and medical aid to civilians and provide them with safe passage out of the city. The offer has also been extended to any rebels who choose to surrender.
Syrian jihadist group announces split from al Qaeda
Leader of the Jabhat al Nusra group, Abu Mohammed al-Golani, confirmed the split from al Qaeda and announced it would change its name to Jabhat Fateh Al-Sham (Front for the Conquest of Syria).
In his first recorded message, Golani announced that by cutting ties the group would undermine excuses made by international forces to “bombard and displace Muslims… under the pretence of targeting Jabhat al Nusra.”
A US State Department spokesman, John Kirby, said the name change will not alter the perception of the group which was “still considered a foreign terrorist organisation”.
Kuczynski sworn in as Peruvian president
Former Wall Street banker Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has been sworn in as Peru’s president in Lima.
President Kuczynski, a member of the Peruvians for Change Party, hopes to stimulate the slowing economy and unite the divided country within his term. “I will seek equity, equality and fraternity among all Peruvians,” he said. – Compiled from web sources by Ariana Norton, Zabrina Potestas, Samantha Besgrove and Joseph Walz
Photo of Michael Titus Igweh, one of the four men executed by Indonesian authorities this morning, from the Wealth City TV’s Facebook page.