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PHILIPPINES

Family appeals for clemency

Family members of a maid facing the death penalty after being convicted of drug trafficking in Indonesia made a last-minute appeal yesterday for clemency. The parents, siblings and two young sons of Mary Jane Veloso delivered an open letter to Indonesian President Joko Widodo to the Indonesian embassy and appealed for “mercy and compassion” for the 30-year-old single mother. The letter said Veloso was tricked by a compatriot into carrying 2.6kg of heroin in her luggage and says she was a victim of drug syndicates. Indonesia’s highest court last month rejected a judicial review petition by Veloso, who is among 10 foreign drug smugglers facing death by a firing squad. “We are begging for mercy beloved president [Widodo], don’t impose the death penalty on my daughter, Veloso’s mother, Celia Velso, said. Veloso’s sons, aged six and 12, held a placard that read: “Mercy and compassion for Mary Jane and family.”

UNITED KINGDOM

SNP offers to help Labour

Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Nicola Sturgeon offered to help Labour party leader Ed Miliband become prime minister on Tuesday, while raising the possibility of seeking another independence referendum after next year. In a lively televised debate between the leaders of the four main Scottish parties, Sturgeon outlined her aim to help the center-left Labour party into power to prevent Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron winning a second term. “I don’t want David Cameron to be prime minister, I’m offering to help make Ed Miliband prime minister,” Sturgeon said.

UNITED STATES

Chicago mayor re-elected

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel won re-election on Tuesday as voters in the city’s first mayoral runoff decided that, despite his brusque management style, the former White House chief of staff was best equipped to deal with the many dire challenges facing the country’s third-largest city. Emanuel was forced to campaign furiously across the city to beat Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia after failing to capture a majority against four other candidates in a February election. The mayoral runoff was the first since the city changed the way it conducts elections about 20 years ago. “To all the voters I want to thank you for putting me through my paces,” Emanuel told supporters on Tuesday night. “I will be a better mayor because of that. I will carry your voices, your concerns into ... the mayor’s office.” With nearly all voting precincts reporting results, Emanuel had about 56 percent of the vote compared with about 44 percent for Garcia.

UNITED STATES

Ferguson goes to polls

Voters in the troubled Missouri city of Ferguson cast ballots on Tuesday in the first municipal elections since police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed teenager Michael Brown on a residential street in August last year, triggering weeks of sometimes violent protests. Four African-Americans are among the eight candidates vying for three seats up for grabs on the six-seat council. Nearly 15,000 residents are registered to vote, although only 12 percent turned out for mayoral elections a year ago. The St Louis suburb of 21,000 is two-thirds African-American, but historically, its black community has not been actively engaged in municipal politics.

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