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University of Utah caught out in ransomware incident Special

University of Utah revealed it paid $457,059 to a ransomware gang, despite successfully restoring the school's information technology systems following the attack.

Pope wants Catholic opposition to death penalty increased

Vatican City - Pope Francis called Wednesday for categoric opposition to capital punishment to be written into an update of the most important guide to Catholic teaching.

Amnesty hails decline in executions

London - US death penalty sentences fell to a historic low last year and executions also dropped sharply, contributing to a global slump of over a third from 2015, Amnesty International said Tuesday.

Turkey PM steps back from calls for death penalty

Ankara - Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Tuesday a fair trial would represent a harsher punishment for suspected coup plotters than the death penalty -- an apparent step back from threats to re-introduce capital punishment.

Erdogan says Turkey will consider reinstating death penalty

Istanbul - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that Turkey would consider reinstating the death penalty after the failed attempt to overthrow his government."In democracies, decisions are made based on what the people say.

Singapore 'to execute Malaysian murder convict on Friday'

Singapore - Singapore is expected to hang a Malaysian murder convict on Friday despite last-minute clemency pleas, his family and human rights groups said.

Worldwide executions highest since 1989: Amnesty

London - The number of known executions worldwide went up by more than 50 percent last year to at least 1,634, the highest figure recorded since 1989, Amnesty International said Wednesday.

World execution toll rose in 2013: Amnesty

London - The number of known executions worldwide rose to at least 778 last year following a surge in Iraq and Iran, Amnesty International said Thursday, but China remains the world's biggest state executioner by far.Beijing is thought to have killed thousands ...

Janssen Pharmaceuticals fined $1.6 billion for misbranding

Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., (JPI) of Titusville, N.J., has been fined $1.6 billion for its role is selling a misbranded drug. The drug in question is Risperdal (risperidone).

Death of the death penalty

By the end of 2012, five states that may eliminate capital punishment are Connecticut, Kansas, Maryland, Ohio, and California. Three states have already abolished the death penalty --- Illinois, New Mexico, and New Jersey.

Op-Ed: Marek Hamsik celebrates too soon, comes back to bite him

Napoli - Napoli player Marek Hamsik must have felt like hiding under a rock following a recent game with Juventus. After scoring a penalty, he celebrated as if he'd won the World Cup. The penalty was then disallowed, before he completely spooned the re-take.

Op-Ed: Soccer: United Arab Emirates player scores back-heel penalty kick

While it appears that all the sports-related drama is currently surrounding English soccer during pre-season, Awana Diab - the man who recently scored a back-heel penalty kick, has been stealing the headlines.

Afghans could face death penalty for becoming Christians

Kabul - Two Afghans, including a Red Cross employee, could be executed for converting to Christianity, stated a prosecuting lawyer.

Campaign underway for death penalty referendum in Switzerland

A small number of campaigners in Switzerland are putting efforts into a process they hope will result in a return of the death penalty in that country.

Witness shares experience of watching execution by firing squad

Draper - Witnesses of the execution by firing squad of convicted murderer Ronnie Lee Gardner this morning at a state prison in Utah share their view and describe what they saw in graphic detail as the debate on the death penalty and it's methodology continues.

Antifreeze Jello Killer Spared Death Penalty

Woman who killed her ex-husband AND her boyfriend with Antifreeze Jello gets to live.

All Delaware executions put on hold

A federal judge has granted class action status to a lawsuit charging the state's lethal injection method is unconstitutionally cruel and unusual punishment.

Montana’s Death Penalty -- Yea or Nay ?

Debate in Montana after Democrat introduces bill to abolish death penalty

Death Penalty Sought in Fetus theft and multiple killings

A prosecutor is seeking the death penalty in a case that can only be described as truly horrific, authorities say that Tiffany Hall , 24, is accused of cutting a fetus from a friends womb which killed both mother (Jimella Tunstall) and child, Not d...

Prosecutor seeking death penalty in a Kirkland family murder

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for the killing of a family of a soldier serving in Iraq.

Death Penalties and Pakistan

According to a non government report Pakistan ranks high and more than 7000 prisoners are on death row.

Penalties for crimes posted online

Criminals who post images or videos to the Internet of their violent exploits could face stiffer penalties under a new bill in Congress.

Member of ruling Kuwait family condemned to Death

A court has convicted a member of Kuwait's ruling family for drug trafficking and it condemned him to death, according to a ruling obtained Monday.

U.S. Death Sentences Drop to 30-Year Low

In 2006, the number of death sentences handed out in the U.S. dropped to the lowest level ever since capital punishment was reinstated 30 years ago.

Death for '60 Freeway Slayer'

Jurors recommended the death penalty for the "60 Freeway Slayer," a man who was convicted of killing six prostitutes and then dumping their bodies along the highway running east from LA.

New Jersey to end death penalty

A legislative commission recommended on Tuesday that New Jersey become the first state to abolish the death penalty since states began reinstating their capital punishment laws 35 years ago.

Army drops death penalty for rape-murder defendant

The Army dropped the death penalty Wednesday as a possible sentence for a soldier charged with rape and murder in the deaths of a 14-year-old girl and three others in Iraq.

Wal-Mart Suffers $51.5M Verdict

MOUNT VERNON, Mo. — A jury returned a $51.5 million verdict against retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc. for the way it ended a business deal with a vending company. The jury reached its verdict Wednesday after a three-day trial in Lawrence County Cir..

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