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U.S. top court weighs use of lethal injection drug

Washington - The U.S. Supreme Court is due to review the use of lethal injection drugs following several bungled executions that saw inmates gasping for air during prolonged killings. The court will revisit the 2008 "Baze vs.

Ohio delays seven executions to secure new drugs

Washington - The US state of Ohio is postponing the execution of seven death row inmates, officials said Friday, following several botched lethal injection killings across the country last year.

U.S. state executes killer despite disability claim

Washington - The U.S. state of Georgia executed a double killer whose lawyers said he was intellectually disabled, after last-minute pleas for his life were thrown out.

Abbott pleads for clemency over Australians executions

Australian prime minister Tony Abbott has pleaded with Indonesian authorities to reconsider the imminent execution of convicted Australian drug traffickers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

Oklahoma resumes executions after botched killing

Washington - The US state of Oklahoma executed a death row inmate, the first since a botched execution that forced a halt on killings eight months ago.

US war vet with PTSD executed for cop murder

Washington - A Vietnam war vet with post-traumatic stress disorder was executed Tuesday in the southern state of Georgia for murdering a police officer, the country's first death row inmate killed this year.

IS video purports to show boy executing 'Russian spies'

Birut - The Islamic State jihadist group released a video on Tuesday purporting to show a young boy executing two men accused of working for Russian intelligence services.

Pakistan issues death warrants for six more militants: Official

Karachi - Pakistan on Saturday issued orders to hang six more militants, official said, the latest in a wave of executions in the wake of the Peshawar school massacre, which claimed 149 lives in the country's deadliest terror attack.

Pakistan hangs four more militants after school attack

Lahore - Pakistan on Sunday executed four more militants after ending a six-year old moratorium on the death penality following a Taliban school attack that killed 149 people, officials said.

Gunman executes two NYPD officers then commits suicide

New York City - It was nothing less than an execution when an armed gunman walked up to a police car and opened fire Saturday afternoon, killing the two officers inside. He then ran into a subway station and turning the gun on himself, shooting himself in the head.

IS executes Syrian for aiding regime air strikes: SITE

Birut - The Islamic State group has publicly executed a Syrian it accused of planting tracking devices for deadly regime air strikes, SITE Intelligence reported on Saturday.

China renews pledge to stop using executed prisoner organs

Bejing - China will stop its controversial practice of using executed prisoners as a source of transplant organs from next month, a Chinese newspaper reported Thursday, a promise it has made repeatedly in the past.

Texas judge approves execution of mentally ill man

Washington - A Texas judge on Wednesday refused to postpone the scheduled execution of a convicted killer who suffers from mental illness and is set to face lethal injection on December 3.

Iran hangs woman in defiance of international campaign

Tehran - Iran Saturday hanged a woman convicted of murdering a former intelligence officer she claimed had tried to sexually assault her, defying international appeals for a stay of execution.

Iran postpones controversial execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari

Tehran - Anticipating a possible public outcry, Iran has postponed the execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari, 26, convicted of killing her rapist in 2007.

Qaeda affiliate executes Lebanese soldier: govt

Beirut - A Lebanese soldier has been executed by the Al-Nusra Front, the Syrian affiliate of Al-Qaeda, the government said on Saturday.

Texas executes woman who starved child to death

Washington - Texas, which has put more inmates to death than any other US state, executed child killer Lisa Coleman, one of only a handful of women on death row.

Islamic State claims beheading of British hostage: SITE

Washington - The Islamic State jihadist group claimed Saturday it beheaded British aid worker David Haines, in what would be the third such execution in recent weeks, after two US journalists were shown murdered.

Irish mobster shot by two 'ninja-like' masked men in Marbella

Marbella - It was apparently like a scene in the movies when two masked gunmen arrived at the Elviria shopping center near Marbella Saturday evening and shot Gerard "Hatchet" Kavanagh nine times in his arm, back and head, killing him execution-style.

Japan hangs gangster and killer arsonist

Tokyo - Japan executed a mobster and a killer arsonist on Friday, bringing to 11 the total number of death sentences carried out since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took power in 2012.

Missouri man executed for murder, rape of college student in 1995

Bonne Terre - A 43-year-old Missouri man convicted of raping and strangling a college student in 1995 was executed August 6 as his family members and those of his victim watched.

Reason for last week's botched Arizona execution still a mystery

Florence - An Arizona medical examiner said Monday that he could find no reason why a convicted murderer who was given a lethal injection last week took nearly two hours to die in a possible violation of the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Mosul's Christians ask, 'Where is the conscience of the world?'

On Saturday, the Vicar of the only Anglican church in Iraq warned that the end was "very near" for Christians in that country. Mosul is Iraq's second largest city, and six weeks ago, 35,000 Christians lived there. Today, there are no Christians in Mosul.

Lethal injections face scrutiny after two-hour US execution

Washington - The US Supreme Court is under increasing pressure to consider halting death sentences by lethal injection after a convicted Arizona killer took two hours to die.

Condemned man's US execution takes nearly two hours

Phoenix - America's death penalty debate raged Thursday after it took nearly two hours for authorities in Arizona to execute a prisoner who lost a Supreme Court battle challenging the experimental lethal drug cocktail.

Death penalty ruled unconstitutional in California

Los Angeles - A federal US judge ruled that the death penalty in California is unconstitutional, mainly because of the dysfunctional system which administers it.Opponents of capital punishment hailed the ruling by judge Cormac Carney as a landmark decision.

Child bride who killed allegedly abusive husband to be executed

Tehran - Razieh Ebrahimi is scheduled to be executed after she shot her husband in the head while he was sleeping. She claims she suffered years of mental and physical abuse at the hands of the man she was forced to marry.

Florida executes death-row inmate, third in U.S. in 24 hours

Starke - Florida put to death a convicted double killer, the third execution in 24 hours in the United States, amid a raging controversy over lethal injection methods.

Iran executes man despite international pressure

Tehran - Iran on Sunday hanged a man said to be affiliated to an exiled opposition group, state media reported, despite international pressure on the Islamic republic to halt the execution.

U.S. Supreme Court halts Missouri execution

Washington - The U.S. Supreme Court indefinitely delayed the execution of a Missouri killer hours before a deadline, sending his appeal back to a lower court.
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Man who was allegedly kidnapped by Syrian soldiers, forced to take off all their clothes and then executed.
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Suzanne Margaret Basso was 44 when she murdered her boyfriend In Houston on August 25  1998. She was...
Suzanne Margaret Basso was 44 when she murdered her boyfriend In Houston on August 25, 1998. She was sentenced on September 1, 1999
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World War I execution squad. Original caption: "Austria's Atrocities. Blindfolded and in a kneeling position, patriotic Jugo-Slavs in Serbia near the Austrian lines were arranged in a semi-circle and ruthlessly shot at a command."
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MISSOURI EXECUTION: Photo provided by the Missouri Department of Corrections shows Michael Worthington, who was executed Wednesday for killing a female college student in 1995.
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Man who was allegedly kidnapped by Syrian soldiers, forced to take off all their clothes and then executed.
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View down the barrel of a rifle.
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An Arab-Iranian poet Hashem Shaabani, has been executed for being an "enemy of God"
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Blood stains at the exit point from the room where Todashev was interrogated.
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