Virginia executes William Morva using controversial three-drug mixture

Governor dismisses mental health concerns, and his own views on death penalty, as he denies clemency petition

A Virginia man who killed a hospital security guard and a sheriff’s deputy after escaping from custody in 2006 has been executed after an unsuccessful campaign to spare the inmate’s life over concerns about his mental health.

William Morva, 35, was pronounced dead at 9.15pm on Thursday after a lethal injection at Greensville correctional center in Jarratt. It was the first execution in Virginia under a new protocol that makes more of the lethal injection procedure secret.

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Trump to meet Putin for first time after accusing Russia of testing west’s will

US and Russian presidents prepare for debut meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit – and the pair are expected to clash over North Korea and Syria

Donald Trump goes into his much-anticipated first encounter with Vladimir Putin on Friday against an inauspicious backdrop, after accusing Russia of acting as a destabilising force determined to test the will of the west.

The two men are to meet on Friday on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg, where they are likely to clash over North Korea’s successful ballistic missile test and Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons.

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Jay-Z’s 4:44 album is no longer a Tidal exclusive

Just a week after Jay-Z released 4:44 as an exclusive tied to Sprint and his music service Tidal, it's now available more widely. iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play Music and Amazon Music are all offering the album for listening now, with some includin…

Government held back greenhouse gas emission data for more than a month

The quietly released details confirm previous analysis done for the Guardian, which revealed a bigger rise in emissions than projected

Australia’s official greenhouse gas data, showing a continued increase in emissions, was quietly published on a government website on Friday, after internal government correspondence showed it had been held back from release for more than a month.

The figures broadly confirm independent analysis done exclusively for Guardian Australia by consultants at NDEVR Environmental, published last month. Those projections proved about 98% accurate, with emissions rising by even more than was projected.

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