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

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How do lethal injections work

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

How do lethal injections work

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

United States

The struggle against America's racist death row

Campaigners are facing mixed fortunes in their battle to end capital punishment in the US.

The struggle against America's racist death row

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The death penalty in the US is like a dying dinosaur

It may be doomed to be extinct but it is still deadly - with eight executions planned over 10 days in Arkansas.

The death penalty in the US is like a dying dinosaur

Human Rights

Five death penalty cases to follow in the US this year

There are an estimated 2,905 people on death row in the US. Here are five particularly controversial cases.

Five death penalty cases to follow in the US this year

Middle East

Jordan hangs 15 convicts, most in years

Prisoners, all Jordanians, convicted of 'terrorism' offences and rape hanged in Suaga prison, south of the capital.

Jordan hangs 15 convicts at dawn, most in years

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Philippines: Death penalty campaign clears major hurdle

President Duterte's efforts to reinstate capital punishment for drug-related crime receives backing from congress.

Rodrigo Duterte's death penalty campaign clears hurdle