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IS video shows mass execution in ruins of Syria's Palmyra

Birut - The Islamic State group on Saturday released a video showing 25 Syrian government soldiers being executed by teenagers in the ancient amphitheatre in the city of Palmyra.

Video shows Syria rebel group executing 18 IS fighters

Birut - A Syrian rebel group operating around Damascus has executed 18 alleged members of the Islamic State group in a video mimicking the extremist organisation's own productions.

IS beheads two Syrian women 'for the first time'

Birut - The Islamic State group has beheaded two women in Syria on accusations of "sorcery," the first such executions of female civilians in Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Tuesday.

US Supreme Court backs use of controversial lethal injection drug

Washington - The US Supreme Court on Monday upheld the use of a controversial sedative in executions by lethal injection, saying it does not violate the Constitution.

Hollande vows fight to save Frenchman facing death in Indonesia

Brussels - French President Francois Hollande said his country was doing "everything" it can to save a Frenchman accused of drug offences in Indonesia from the firing squad after he lost an appeal against his death sentence on Monday.

Frenchman loses Indonesia execution appeal, lawyers vow fight

Jakarta - A French drug convict lost an appeal against his death sentence Monday, but his lawyers vowed to fight on and prevent another foreigner from facing the firing squad in Indonesia after a series of executions that generated an international uproar.

Saudi Arabia beheads 100th person this year

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia on Monday beheaded a Syrian drug trafficker and a national convicted of murder, taking to 100 the number of executions in the kingdom this year.

Texas executes inmate after 31 years on death row

Huntsville - After three decades on death row in Texas and seven scheduled executions that were postponed at the last minute, convicted killer Lester Bower was put to death Wednesday for a quadruple murder he always denied.

Christian beheads jihadist in Syria revenge killing: Monitor

Birut - A Syrian Christian fighter has beheaded an Islamic State group (IS) militant to avenge people "executed" by the jihadists in northeastern Syria, a monitor said on Friday.

Saudi executes 88th person this year, topping 2014 total

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia on Tuesday carried out its 88th execution so far this year, surpassing the total for all of 2014 despite activists' concerns that trials are not conducted fairly.

IS executes 217 in, near Syria's Palmyra in 9 days: Monitor

Birut - The Islamic State group has executed at least 217 people, including civilians, in and around the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra in the last nine days, a monitor said Sunday.

Saudi advertises for swordsmen as execution rate soars

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia advertised vacancies for eight executioners Tuesday after beheading nearly as many people since the start of the year as it did in the whole of 2014.

Egypt hangs six convicted Islamist militants

Cairo - Egyptian authorities on Sunday hanged six men convicted of killing soldiers, police said, ignoring appeals to spare them amid allegations two of them had been in custody at the time of their alleged crimes.

Triple murderer put to death in Texas

Washington - The state of Texas executed a man convicted in the triple murder of his girlfriend, her mother and her grandfather, officials said.

S.Korea says North defence chief executed with anti-aircraft fire

Pyongyang - North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un had his defence minister executed with anti-aircraft fire for insubordination and dozing off during a formal military rally, South Korean intelligence said Wednesday, hinting at possible instability in the Pyongyang lead...

Indonesian leader insists death penalty 'positive' for country

Abepura - Indonesian President Joko Widodo insisted Saturday that the death penalty was "positive" for his country after the execution of seven foreign drug convicts by firing squad last month sparked international outrage.

Call for redemption as executed Australian mourned

Sydney - More than 1,000 people mourned Australian drug smuggler Andrew Chan at his funeral in Sydney Friday following his execution in Indonesia, with his brother saying he should have been given a second chance.

Indonesian court postpones death row Frenchman's appeal

Jakarta - An Indonesian court on Thursday postponed the start of an appeal by a Frenchman on death row to next week, indicating the country's slow-moving justice system could delay his execution for some time yet.

France's Hollande in Saudi calls for death penalty ban

Riyadh - French President Francois Hollande called on Tuesday for abolition of the death penalty, speaking in Saudi Arabia which this year has seen a large rise in the number of executions.

Mentally ill Brazilian was 'not aware' of imminent execution

Cilacap - A mentally ill Brazilian executed in Indonesia this week was delusional and oblivious to his fate until the final moments before he faced a firing squad, his lawyer and priest said Thursday.

Political pressure spurring Indonesian leader's execution drive

Jakarta - Indonesia's president invoked a national drugs crisis to justify this week's execution of seven foreign traffickers, but analysts say it was more about a weakened leader acting under intense political pressure.

Briton on Indonesia death row fears execution soon

Jakarta - A British grandmother on death row in Indonesia for smuggling drugs has condemned the "senseless, brutal" execution of two Australians, and reportedly fears she could be next in line for the firing squad.

Mentally ill Brazilian was 'not aware' of imminent execution

Cilacap - A mentally ill Brazilian executed in Indonesia this week was delusional and oblivious to his fate until the final moments before he faced a firing squad, his lawyer and priest said Thursday.

Australia calls for regional fight against drug trade after executions

Sydney - Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop called Thursday for a regional approach to tackle drug trafficking, saying the death penalty would not halt the illegal trade after Indonesia executed seven foreigners sparking international anger.

Paris in 'full diplomatic efforts' to save Frenchman from Indonesia execution

Paris - France said Wednesday it was mobilising all diplomatic options in a bid to save Frenchman Serge Atlaoui from death row in Indonesia on drug charges following the execution of seven foreigners.

N. Korea's Kim Jong-Un executed 15 top officials: S. Korea spy agency

Pyongyang - North Korea's Kim Jong-Un ordered the execution of 15 senior officials this year, including several who complained about the young leader's policies, South Korea's intelligence agency said Wednesday.

Philippines hails 'miracle' reprieve for death row Filipina

Manila - The last-minute reprieve for a Filipina drug convict facing execution in Indonesia sparked an outpouring of euphoria and disbelief on Wednesday, with crowds weeping for joy and her children crying "Mama will live!

Indonesia convicts sang praise to God before execution

Cilacap - As they walked to face the firing squad on an Indonesian prison island, eight condemned drug traffickers defiantly sang praise to God, witnesses said, while in a town across the water a group of tearful supporters was also uniting in song.

Indonesia defends executions, after convicts die singing

Cilacap - Indonesia on Wednesday staunchly defended its execution of seven foreigners including two Australians as a vital front of its "war" on drugs as testimony emerged of how they went singing to their deaths.

Mother of Filipina spared Indonesia execution hails 'miracle': radio

Manila - The mother of a Filipina drug convict reprieved at the 11th hour after facing execution in Indonesia told Philippine radio Wednesday: "Miracles do come true".
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