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Singapore has hanged a Malaysian heroin trafficker, despite appeals from his homeland to stay a "heart-wrenching" execution that critics said was too extreme for a low-level drug mule.
The leader of the Japanese doomsday cult that carried out a deadly 1995 sarin attack on the Tokyo subway has been executed along with six of his followers, decades after the shocking crime.
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.
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.
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.
Zimbabwe's traditional chiefs have unanimously voted to have the death penalty scrapped, claiming that it was against their traditional beliefs, reports say.
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.
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 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'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.
A confessed murderer linked to a months-long killing spree in 1994 that targeted older gay men has been executed in the US state of Florida.
A new report on the death penalty calls sub-Saharan Africa a "beacon of hope" amid a decline in executions worldwide.
Somalia's northeastern semiautonomous state of Puntland has executed five men who were convicted of murdering two regional officials.
Egyptian authorities have executed a jihadist convicted of involvement in a 2013 gun attack on police in the Sinai Peninsula, a report says.
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.
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 has delayed the scheduled executions of a dozen death row inmates until 2017 due to challenges in obtaining the necessary lethal drugs.
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.
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.
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".
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