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Opinion

Fight to end death penalty: Sub-Saharan Africa a beacon of hope

Twenty countries across sub-Saharan Africa have now abolished the death penalty - the world should follow their lead.

Salil Shetty

by Salil Shetty

Salil Shetty

Death penalty

Amnesty: Almost 1,000 prisoners executed in 2017

Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq record highest executions, as rights group reports global decline in the use of death penalty.

Indonesia

Indonesia: Aceh's plan to behead criminals condemned

Authorities in the conservative province say beheading would deter future killers from committing murders.

Amnesty blasts Aceh's plan to introduce beheading for murderers

Death penalty

Pakistan's angel of death

Sabir Masih has executed hundreds of men, continuing a family profession that dates back generations.

Pakistan's angel of death

US & Canada

Florida executes white man for race-motivated murders

Execution marks the first time in state history that Florida has put to death a white man for killing a black victim.

Florida executes murderer Mark Asay with new drug

Death penalty

Marcellus Williams: How Twitter 'helped save a life'

How social media came together to campaign against the execution of Marcellus Williams.

Social media and the case for Marcellus Williams

United States

Missouri inmate faces execution despite DNA evidence

Marcellus Williams is due to be executed on Tuesday despite new DNA evidence supporting his claim to innocence.

Marcellus Williams faces execution despite new evidence

United States

Marcellus Williams and the US' 'racist' justice system

Marcellus Williams is due to be executed on Tuesday but his supporters say his case exposes a racist system.

Marcellus Williams and the US' 'broken justice system'

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