52 steps to death

2017-08-13 06:01

Family members of political prisoners who were executed in the 1980s took an emotional tour through the gallows building at what is now Kgosi Mampuru II prison in Pretoria.

Lawyer: 3 Nigerian death row inmates 'secretly' executed

2016-12-30 06:12

A human rights lawyer says three convicted criminals have been secretly executed in the first hangings in Nigeria since 2003. The executions breach a seven-year moratorium on the death penalty here.

Ethiopian woman executed over murder of Saudi Arabia child

2016-09-27 18:15

An Ethiopian women has been executed in Saudi Arabia after she was convicted of slashing a Saudi child's throat and leaving her in a bathroom to bleed to death.

Death penalty is cruel, inhumane – Zim traditional leaders

2016-01-20 14:39

Zimbabwe's traditional chiefs have unanimously voted to have the death penalty scrapped, claiming that it was against their traditional beliefs, reports say.

UN: Executions in Iran could top 1 000 in 2015

2015-10-28 11:43

Executions in Iran have been rising at “an exponential rate” since 2005 and could top 1 000 this year as the country cracks down on drug offender, a UN investigator says.

Nicaragua pleads with US to call off execution

2015-08-25 17:43

Nicaraguan officials and activists have called on the US to cancel the execution in Texas later this week of Bernard Tercero, the only Nicaraguan national on death row in the US.

Pakistan defies rights protests to hang 'teen' convict

2015-08-04 07:48

Pakistan has executed a convicted killer whose supporters say was a juvenile at the time of his crime, despite strenuous objections from rights groups and the United Nations.

Gambia to reinstate firing squads: president

2015-07-18 20:15

Gambia's president Yahya Jammeh has warned that death row inmates should expect to have their sentences implemented, apparently signalling an end to a three-year unofficial moratorium on executions.

Missouri executes man for killing 19-year-old

2015-07-15 11:00

A Missouri man who sexually attacked a 19-year-old woman before tying her to a cemetery tree and killing her has been executed after the US Supreme Court and the governor refused to intervene.

Indonesian court rejects death-row Frenchman's appeal

2015-06-22 10:10

An Indonesian court has thrown out an appeal lodged by a French death-row convict challenging a presidential decision to reject his request for clemency.


Somalia's Puntland state executes 5 for murders of officials

2017-04-08 15:00

Somalia's northeastern semiautonomous state of Puntland has executed five men who were convicted of murdering two regional officials.

Egypt executes convicted jihadist

2016-12-15 11:14

Egyptian authorities have executed a jihadist convicted of involvement in a 2013 gun attack on police in the Sinai Peninsula, a report says.

Kenyan police accused of executing 3 women after attack

2016-09-24 06:00

Human rights activists have accused Kenyan police of executing three women who allegedly attacked a police station this month after pledging allegiance to the Islamic State group.

Texas man executed for setting fire that killed 3 children

2015-11-19 10:08

A Texas inmate has been executed for setting a fire that killed his 18-month-old daughter and her two young half sisters at an East Texas home 15 years ago.

Ohio halts executions until 2017

2015-10-20 14:06

Ohio has delayed the scheduled executions of a dozen death row inmates until 2017 due to challenges in obtaining the necessary lethal drugs.

Saudi executes 3 Sri Lankans, Egyptian

2015-08-17 14:37

Saudi Arabia has executed three Sri Lankans found guilty of robbing and killing a citizen as well as an Egyptian convicted of murder in a separate case, the interior ministry says.

Mumbai bomb plotter Yakub Memon hanged in India

2015-07-30 08:25

India has executed Yakub Memon for his role in the nation's deadliest attacks, a series of bombings in Mumbai more than two decades ago, police say.

Abolish death penalty, Zambia's leader Lungu told

2015-07-17 19:04

Amnesty International has lauded the decision by Zambian President Edgar Lungu to reduce the sentences of at least 332 prisoners awaiting death by hanging to life imprisonment, urging him to abolish the death penalty "completely".

Seoul: North Korean leader executed 70 since taking power

2015-07-09 10:22

South Korea’s foreign minister says North Korea has staged 70 executions since current leader Kim Jong Un took power in late 2011.

Bodies of Australians executed in Indonesia arrive home

2015-05-02 12:01

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says he is confident Australia could restore its relations with Indonesia despite anger over the execution of two drug convicts, whose bodies have reportedly returned home.

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