Indonesia on Wednesday executed seven foreign drug convicts including two Australians by firing squad despite a storm of international anger, reports said, but a Filipina was spared at the 11th hour. Authorities put the seven plus a local man to death after midnight (1700 GMT Tuesday) on a high-security prison island in central Indonesia. Eight convicts -- two Australians, one from Brazil and four from Africa, as well as the Indonesian -- were put to death on Nusakambangan Island, MetroTV and the Jakarta Post reported. The Philippine government also expressed delight at the reprieve for Veloso, whose case attracted emotive appeals for mercy from boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao among others.
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks edged higher Tuesday afternoon, erasing losses from earlier in the day, as investors worked through the latest round of earnings reports. Pharmaceutical stocks rose after drug giant Merck reported better-than-expected results.