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Connecticut death penalty repeal passes hurdle

Connecticut's House of Representatives has approved a bill to ban the death penalty that was passed by the state Senate last week and is expected to be signed into law by the governor, making Connecticut the fifth state to ban capital punishment

(AFP) New York - However, it would still allow the state to execute the 11 men currently on death row, a compromise struck by the Democratic majority, which supported the bill, and Republicans who opposed it.

The years-long effort to repeal the death penalty in Connecticut has been been shadowed by a shocking 2007 triple murder, and the often tense debate on the House floor lasted more than nine hours, according to the Hartford Courant.

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A woman walks in the destroyed Ukrainian eastern city of Druzhkivka, hit by a Russian air strike.

Joel Silvestri, Lisa Berdet and Bertrand Hauger.

👋 Сәлем!*

Welcome to Tuesday, where fighting rages on in eastern Ukraine, Boris Johnson survives (though not unscathed) a vote of no-confidence, and KFC is forced to pick a lettuce alternative in Australia. Meanwhile, Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza goes to school with Ukrainian pupils and their teachers in Poland.

[*Salem - Kazakh]

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