Death penalty

America’s bloodiest state votes to ban the death penalty
The death chamber at Southern Ohio Correctional Facility
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America’s bloodiest state votes to ban the death penalty

Virginia has executed more than 1,300 people in its 400-year history
25 Mar 2021
Why the death penalty has been suspended in California
Gavin Newsom
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Why the death penalty has been suspended in California

The generally liberal state has the most death-row prisoners in the US, and voters are split on the issue
13 Mar 2019
Brit facing 15 years in Indonesian jail over cannabis oil
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Brit facing 15 years in Indonesian jail over cannabis oil

Cornish artist Pip Holmes arrested after allegedly going to collect package containing 31kg of medicinal THC oil
18 Dec 2018
Why inmates on death row are choosing the electric chair
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Why inmates on death row are choosing the electric chair

Inmates in Tennessee are opting for electrocution because of botched lethal injection fears
7 Dec 2018
Asia Bibi: how blasphemy case divided Pakistan
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Asia Bibi: how blasphemy case divided Pakistan

Christian farm worker acquitted after eight years on death row for allegedly insulting Islam
31 Oct 2018
Pope Francis calls for end to death penalty
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Pope Francis calls for end to death penalty

Shift in Catholic teaching could have a global impact
3 Aug 2018
Which countries still use the death penalty?
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Which countries still use the death penalty?

The Catholic Church has announced that it will now officially oppose capital punishment
2 Aug 2018

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Isis Beatles: UK ‘won’t block death penalty’ for jihadists
Sajid Javid
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Isis Beatles: UK ‘won’t block death penalty’ for jihadists

Home Secretary will seek ‘no assurances’ that two British fighters are not executed under US law
23 Jul 2018
Which country executes the most people?
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Which country executes the most people?

At least 993 executions recorded worldwide last year but true figure may be far higher
12 Apr 2018
Doyle Lee Hamm: ‘botched’ aborted execution was ‘torture’
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Doyle Lee Hamm: ‘botched’ aborted execution was ‘torture’

Alabama death row inmate in agony after two-and-a-half hour ordeal
26 Feb 2018
Supreme Court blocks Arkansas executions
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Supreme Court blocks Arkansas executions

Prisoners Don Davis and Bruce Ward saved from the death penalty with just hours to spare
18 Apr 2017
The death penalty: Who are the world's biggest executioners?
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The death penalty: Who are the world's biggest executioners?

Amnesty International report reveals number of executions fell in 2016 - but China is keeping its figures secret
11 Apr 2017
School pupils targeted by cranky owl
A burrowing owl sits in its underground nest in a bunker on the 18th green during a morning training session at the Rio Olympic golf course ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janei
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School pupils targeted by cranky owl

Teenagers duck for cover to avoid bird's attack during PE - and other tall tales
6 Dec 2016
Death penalty: Which countries execute the most people?
A death chamber in Southern Ohio
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Death penalty: Which countries execute the most people?

Iran tops official tally but secretive China is thought to be responsible for many more deaths
10 Oct 2016
Lindsay Sandiford: Indonesia 'preparing for executions'
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Lindsay Sandiford: Indonesia 'preparing for executions'

British grandmother convicted of drug smuggling is among foreigners on death row
28 Apr 2016
Tehran accuses Saudis of bombing its embassy in Yemen
Protests against execution of Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr
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Tehran accuses Saudis of bombing its embassy in Yemen

Row is latest bout in ongoing diplomatic war between Shia Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia
7 Jan 2016
Ali Mohammed al-Nimr: hacktivists fight to halt execution
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Ali Mohammed al-Nimr: hacktivists fight to halt execution

Saudi Arabia to publicly behead young man who was arrested as a child during anti-government protests
28 Sep 2015
Saudi Arabia 'executes one person every two days'
Saudi Arabia execution protest
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Saudi Arabia 'executes one person every two days'

Rampant executions under King Salman's rule fuelled by justice system 'riddled with holes', says Amnesty
26 Aug 2015
Executions soar in Iran: how the rest of the world compares
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Executions soar in Iran: how the rest of the world compares

Human rights group warns of an unprecedented spike in the number of people put to death in Iran
24 Jul 2015
DEATH PENALTY: Is a firing squad more humane?
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DEATH PENALTY: Is a firing squad more humane?

Utah becomes the only US state to approve death by firing squad because of a shortage of lethal injections
24 Mar 2015
Botched execution: Arizona prisoner takes two hours to die
A death chamber in Southern Ohio
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Botched execution: Arizona prisoner takes two hours to die

Another botched lethal injection reignites debate over 'experimental' drugs used to carry out death penalty
24 Jul 2014
Meriam Ibrahim freed by Sudanese court
Meriam Ibrahim, sentenced to death for apostasy
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Meriam Ibrahim freed by Sudanese court

Death sentence for apostasy overturned as Meriam Ibrahim is given her freedom
24 Jun 2014
Castro's fate: electric chair or an endless prison term?
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Castro's fate: electric chair or an endless prison term?

Phillip Garrido's prison term was 431 years – and there was only one victim, Jaycee Lee Dugard, in his case
10 May 2013
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