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Woman who spent 23 years on U.S. death row cleared

Washington - A woman who spent 23 years on death row in the United States over the killing of her young son saw her murder charge dismissed and the case against her closed.

Utah brings back firing squad option for executions

Los Angeles - Utah became the only US state to restore the firing squad as a method of execution on Monday, as its governor Gary Herbert signed a bill on the emotive issue into law.

French classmates said to recognise 'child killer' in IS video

Toulouse - A child who appears to execute an Arab Israeli in a video released this week by the Islamic State group is said to have been recognised by classmates in France, an official said Friday.

France opens probe into IS execution featuring French speaker

Paris - French officials Thursday launched a formal investigation into a video released by the Islamic State group purporting to show the execution of an Arab Israeli, which featured a French-speaking man.

France probes IS video for link with 2012 killer Merah

Paris - French police were on Wednesday probing whether a man seen in a video released by the Islamic State group purporting to show the execution of an Arab Israeli was close to French jihadist gunman Mohamed Merah.

Utah could become only U.S. state to restore firing squad

Los Angeles - Utah could become the only U.S. state to restore the firing squad as a method of execution after lawmakers approved a bill on the emotive issue.

IS claims execution of Arab Israeli accused of spying: Video

Birut - The Islamic State released a video Tuesday purporting to show a young boy executing an Arab Israeli who it claimed infiltrated the group in Syria to spy for the Jewish state.

Pakistan lifts death penalty moratorium

Islamabad - Pakistan has lifted its moratorium on the death penalty in all capital cases, officials said Tuesday, after restarting executions for terrorism offences in the wake of a Taliban school massacre.

Doubts over China prisoner organ harvesting ban

Bejing - China has banned the harvesting of transplant organs from executed prisoners, a senior official said, but international medical practitioners warn that inmates' body parts may simply be reclassified as "donations" instead.

Death row Australians in last-ditch bid to halt executions

Jakarta - An Indonesian court will Thursday hear an appeal by two Australian drug smugglers on death row against President Joko Widodo's refusal to grant them clemency, a last-ditch effort to halt the looming executions.

Egypt carries out first hanging over pro-Morsi violence

Cairo - Egypt carried out Saturday the first death sentence handed down over the violence that erupted after the army overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013, the interior ministry said.

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.
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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 Worthingt...
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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Execution of a woman known as Zarmina by the Taliban at the Ghazi Sports Stadium  Kabul  November 16...
Execution of a woman known as Zarmina by the Taliban at the Ghazi Sports Stadium, Kabul, November 16, 1999. The mother of five had been found guilty of killing her husband while he slept, after being beaten by him.[130][131]
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Man who was allegedly kidnapped by Syrian soldiers  forced to take off all their clothes and then ex...
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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Blood stains at the exit point from the room where Todashev was interrogated.
Blood stains at the exit point from the room where Todashev was interrogated.
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An Arab-Iranian poet Hashem Shaabani  has been executed for being an  enemy of God
An Arab-Iranian poet Hashem Shaabani, has been executed for being an "enemy of God"
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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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