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  1. AWOL Hangman Spells Embarrassment for Sri Lankan Government

    The South Asian nation is looking for a new “executioner” after its latest recruit decided he had too many hangups with the job. The Prisons Department spent a week training the man — the third in a succession of recruits who have failed to report for duty — only to have him quit when he finally saw the gallows. Sri Lanka has prisoners on death row but hasn’t executed anyone since 1976, so the job is mainly administrative. Still, officials have vowed to show the gallows to any future recruits first before letting them get the hang of the job.

    Sources: Reuters, UCA

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