The US state of Arkansas begins its bid to kill eight men on death row before a lethal injection drug expires in 10 days with the execution of Ledell Lee.
The Supreme Court of Arkansas has halted two executions mere hours before they had been scheduled to take place.
What critics branded an ‘assembly line of executions’ by the US state of Arkansas has been put on hold after separate court rulings.
Campaigners aginst the death penalty for 36 years, Amnesty International's annual report says the number of executions has fallen around the world, but the number of people sentenced to death has jump
Amnesty International has released its global death penalty report, with China, Iran and Saudi Arabia the world’s top executioners.
The court of cassation overturns the death sentence pronounced in June against former president Mohammed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood
Carlos Alberto, captain of Brazil's 1970 World Cup winners, has died of a heart attack.
The Philippine president has threatened to quit the United Nations after it urged him to stop killing suspected criminals.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin will focus their talks on the Syria conflict, trade, energy and the resumption of Russian charter flights to Turkey.
Indonesia went ahead with the execution of four drug offenders early on Friday morning. Last-minute petitions were denied. Another 10 more are due to
Jokowi on path to become 'most prolific executioner in recent Indonesian history' - Amnesty InternationalA local man and three Nigerians have been killed by firing squad in Indonesia for drug-related crimes.
A local man and three Nigerians have been killed by firing squad in Indonesia for drug-related crimes.
Three countries are responsible for 90% of executions, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.
The Turkish president has vowed to approve the restoration of capital punishment if parliament votes for it, in defiance of EU warnings.
Federal prosecutors are to seek the death penalty for a white man accused of killing nine black parishioners in a racially motivated attack at South Carolina church last…
Drug companies are saying No to death row. The latest pharmaceuticals giant to restrict sales of drugs used in lethal injections to US prisons is
An Egyptian court has sought the death penalty for six men including three journalists charged with endangering national security by spying for
Bangladesh’s highest court has upheld the death penalty for Quasem Ali, one of the leaders of the Jamaat-e-Islami party. A five-judge panel led by
A court in Iran has sentenced to death Iranian businessman Babak Zanjani and two accomplices for embezzlement, the judiciary said on Sunday, in a
There is as sense of deja vu about our interview here in Geneva, with Dr. Mohammad Javad Larijani, head of Iran’s High Council for Human Rights and
The entire male population of a village in Iran has been executed for its alleged role in drug trafficking, according to an Iranian cabinet minister
Pope Francis is calling for the abolition of the death penalty around the world. He says the commandment “You shall not kill” is valid for both the
Two former students were sentenced to death in Bangladesh on Thursday for the murder of a secular blogger in 2013. Only one of the pair was present
Hundreds of convicted killers are languishing in limbo on death row in California. No-one has been executed in the state in almost a decade yet
Texas has executed a 33-year-old man, the 12th execution held in the state so far this year, more than any other in the USA. In total 24 people have
The US state of Texas plans to execute a man convicted of killing an off-duty police officer 14 years ago. 33-year-old Licho Escamilla was 19 when
“The 13th World Day against the Death Penalty will take place on 10th October. What is the current situation worldwide?” asks Ben from London. The
Saif al Islam Gaddafi was once widely seen as the future of reform in Libya. Muammar Gaddafi’s second son was once regarded as the man who would
The United Nations human rights office says it is ‘deeply disturbed’ by death sentences handed down by a Libyan court to a son of Colonel Gaddafi and