US & Canada

US: Missouri halts execution of Marcellus Williams

Governor stays execution of Marcellus Williams a few hours before he was due to be lethally injected in a state prison.

US: Missouri halts execution of Marcellus Williams

Middle East

Saudi Arabia executes Shia men for 'violent attacks'

The four men were accused of carrying out attacks in Qatif region, where Shia groups have clashed with security forces.

Saudi Arabia executes Shia men for 'violent attacks'

United States

US death row inmate's lawyers demand firing squad

J W Ledford Jr, to be killed on Tuesday, should be shot to death instead of enduring lethal injection, lawyers say.

J W Ledford Jr lawyers want firing squad, not injection

Asia

Pakistan executes four 'Tahreek-e-Taliban members'

Four men hanged after being accused of belonging to Pakistan Taliban and found guilty by military courts.

Four 'Taliban members' executed after military trials

Death penalty

Arkansas prisoner 'lurched' after lethal injection

Witness says Kenneth Williams' body lurched and convulsed 20 times when he was put to death by lethal injection.

Lawyer calls for probe into Arkansas execution

Death penalty

Arkansas concludes execution spree ahead of drug expiry

Kenneth Williams' death wraps up an aggressive execution schedule set to beat expiry of drug used in lethal injection.

Arkansas executes fourth inmate in eight days

Infographic

How do lethal injections work

Lethal injection is the most common method of capital punishment in the US.

How do lethal injections work

United States

Arkansas executes two on same gurney, hours apart

Jack Jones and Marcel Williams executed just days before expiry of one of US state's lethal injection drugs.

Death penalty

US state carries out first execution in 12 years

Ledell Lee, 51, executed after US Supreme Court denies petitions to halt a series of death sentences in Arkansas.

Arkansas carries out first execution in 12 years

Death penalty

Last-minute appeal filed as Arkansas execution looms

Appeals court considers request for DNA testing after US Supreme Court denies petitions to halt killing of prisoner.

Arkansas execution of Ledell Lee temporarily stayed

Death penalty

Arkansas suffers more setbacks to execution plan

Ruling that one drug in the US state's lethal injection mix cannot be used upends controversial execution schedule.

Arkansas suffers more setbacks to execution plan

Death penalty

Arkansas halts two executions after flurry of rulings

Legal wrangling continues over US state's rush to execute six men before end of April when lethal drugs expire.

Death penalty

Arkansas judge moves to block executions

One execution stayed and use of a lethal injection drug blocked in planned killings of six other inmates.

Arkansas judge moves to block executions

Death penalty

Death penalty around the world in 2016

2016 saw a 37 percent decrease in executions carried out globally compared to the previous year.

Death penalty around the world in 2016

Death penalty

China, Iran, Saudi Arabia executed most people in 2016

Number of executions drops worldwide, Amnesty International says, attributing decrease mainly to fewer hangings in Iran.

China, Iran, Saudi Arabia executed most people in 2016