Bali duo to be moved for execution
A meeting to finalise the transfer of convicted drug smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran from Bali to a place of execution was delayed today. The official responsible was instead summoned to Jakarta on other matters. An order to arrange the transfer of the men was received on Wednesday by the Justice Minister’s office.
Murdered Muslim students farewelled
Three Muslim students gunned down in North Carolina were buried yesterday. About 5000 people gathered at a mosque and surrounding sports grounds in Raleigh to watch the service and say goodbye to the victims. The gunman, Craig Stephen Hicks, was charged with first-degree murder for the shootings. Police have said the attack may have been prompted by a parking dispute, but the victim’s family says it was a hate crime.
Egypt court releases Al Jazeera journalists
A Cairo court has released two Al Jazeera journalist colleagues of Australian Peter Greste on bail. Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed spent nearly 400 days behind bars after being convicted of spreading false news and helping a terrorist group. The case against them and Mr Greste, who was released a fortnight ago, continues though Greste will not attend future hearings.
Aggressive form of HIV uncovered in Cuba
A version of the HIV virus that advances faster than any other form has been found in patients in Cuba. Patients with this type of HIV can progress to AIDS within three years of becoming infected. Its fast progression increases the risk of victims becoming seriously ill before their disease is diagnosed.
Scientists to step up search for ET
Scientists at a US conference have agreed it is time to try to contact intelligent life elsewhere in the universe. The request has been made by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) meeting in San Jose. For over 39 years, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) has been sifting through radio signals from space in search of a pattern that suggests unnatural origins – so far without success. Dr Seth Shostak, director at SETI, had urged the meeting to step up the search.
Zuckerberg wants you – even after death
Facebook has announced a new setting that allows users to decide what happens to their account after they die. Users can nominate a “legacy contact” who can update the profile and cover photos, respond to friend requests and write posts to display at the top of the timeline, or to delete the account. The feature will be available in the US first. – Keisha Miller