The US state of Georgia late Monday temporarily delayed the execution of the sole woman on its death row, convicted of conspiring to murder her husband, because of problems with the lethal injection drug. State authorities announced a delay in the execution of Kelly Gissendaner, who has been on death row for 16 years, but did not announce a new date for it. Georgia uses a chemical called pentobarbital to execute death row inmates and the sample to be used Monday night was tested and given a green light by an independent laboratory. She would have become the 16th female prisoner to be executed in the United States since the death penalty was reinstated nationwide in 1976, compared with 1,387 men who have been put to death during that period, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.
Norway's Nobel Peace Prize committee on Tuesday demoted its controversial chairman Thorbjoern Jagland in a move unprecedented in the long history of the award. The organisation, which said the former Norwegian prime minister would remain as a committee member, gave no reason for its decision. "There was broad agreement within the committee that Thorbjoern Jagland was a good chair for six years," Kullman Five told reporters, but declined to comment on the discussion. Commentators and former Nobel laureates alike had mocked the committee's decisions under Jagland's stewardship.