The US government is set to carry out the death penalty for the first time in 16 years, William Barr, the attorney general, announced on Thursday, despite criticism of capital punishment as “immoral and deeply flawed”. The justice department scheduled the execution of five death row federal inmates for December and January. The government has put to death only three defendants since restoring the federal death penalty in 1988, the most recent of which occurred in 2003.
A conservative aide has been fired after the US president found himself giving a speech in front of a doctored presidential seal. The hoax image included a Russian-inspired two-headed eagle holding golf clubs and cash in its talons. Instead of the Latin “E pluribus unum” (from many one), the words were in Spanish and translated to “45 is a puppet”, referring to Mr Trump being the 45th president of the United States.
Armed men stole $40 million of gold and other precious metals on Thursday from a Sao Paulo cargo terminal at South America’s busiest airport, taking two hostages, police said. A police report said the thieves left with about 750 kg (1,650 lbs) of gold and other precious metals, along with two airport workers taken as hostages, and remained at large.
Up to 150 people have died in a large shipwreck off the coast of Libya, according to the UN’s refugee agency. A further 150 were rescued by coastguards and local fishers and are being returned to Libya, UNHCR added. A top UN official described the shipwreck as “the worst Mediterranean tragedy” so far this year. Libya is a hub for refugees, many of whom try to reach Europe in unseaworthy boats.
Apple has agreed to buy the majority of Intel’s smartphone modem division, the companies announced on Thursday. Apple currently purchases Intel modems for iPhones, which allow it to connect to networks operated by carriers such as Verizon and AT&T. But in April, Intel announced that it planned to leave the smartphone modem market because Intel had “no clear path to profitability and positive returns.