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China sets death penalty threshold in graft cases
China sets death penalty threshold in graft cases

Corruption cases involving three million yuan ($463,000) or more may incur the death penalty in future.

China sets death penalty threshold in graft cases
Prosecutor seeks death penalty for Charleston shooter
Prosecutor seeks death penalty for Charleston shooter

South Carolina prosecutors said they intend to seek the death penalty for Dylann Roof, the white alleged supremacist charged with killing nine black churchgoers in June.

Prosecutor seeks death penalty for Charleston shooter
Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is shown in a courtroom sketch. ©Reuters
Boston bomber to be formally sentenced to death

A US federal judge will formally sentence Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death at a court hearing Wednesday.

Boston bomber to be formally sentenced to death
Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is shown in a courtroom sketch. ©Reuters
Death 'fitting' for Boston bomber: US attorney general

US Attorney General Loretta Lynch, the nation's top law enforcement official, welcomed a jury's decision to sentence Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death.

Death 'fitting' for Boston bomber: US attorney general
Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is shown in a courtroom sketch. ©Reuters
Parents of child killed in Boston bombings ask to drop death sentence

The parents of a boy killed in the Boston Marathon attacks have asked prosecutors to take the death penalty off the table for convicted bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Parents of child killed in Boston bombings ask to drop death sentence
Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is shown in a courtroom sketch. ©Reuters
Penalty phase of Boston bombings trial starts April 21

The sentencing phase of the Boston bombings trial, which will condemn convicted killer Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death or life imprisonment, will begin on April 21.

Penalty phase of Boston bombings trial starts April 21
Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (L) is shown in a courtroom sketch.  ©Reuters
Tsarnaev guilty on 30 counts over 2013 Boston bombings

Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev faces the death penalty after a jury unanimously convicted him of carrying out the worst attack in the United States.

Tsarnaev guilty on 30 counts over 2013 Boston bombings
Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (R) is shown in a courtroom sketch on the first day of jury selection at the federal courthouse. ©Reuters
Accused Boston bomber: an American dream gone awry

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is the 21-year-old American of Chechen descent who faces the death penalty if convicted of the Boston marathon bombings.

Accused Boston bomber: an American dream gone awry
Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (L) is shown in a courtroom sketch next to Judge George O'Toole on the first day of jury selection at the federal courthouse in Boston. ©Reuters
Death penalty central to Boston bombings trial

With jury selection barely begun in the trial of accused Boston marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the prospect of the death penalty is already front and center.

Death penalty central to Boston bombings trial
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Advocacy group urges Kazakhstan to abolish death penalty

Penal Reform International believes Kazakhstan should abolish the death penalty completely, even though there is a moratorium on capital punishment in the country.

Advocacy group urges Kazakhstan to abolish death penalty
Sudanese Christian woman spared death sentence meets Pope
Sudanese Christian woman spared death sentence meets Pope

A Sudanese Christian woman whose death sentence for renouncing Islam sparked a global outcry that eventually led to an acquittal, met Pope Francis after arriving in Italy en route to the United States.

Sudanese Christian woman spared death sentence meets Pope
Joseph Wood. ©Reuters/Arizona Department of Corrections
Condemned man's US execution takes nearly two hours

America's death penalty debate raged Thursday after it took nearly two hours for Arizona to execute a prisoner who lost a Supreme Court battle challenging the experimental lethal drug cocktail.

Condemned man's US execution takes nearly two hours
Justin Ross Harris. ©Reuters/Kelly Huff
US dad charged with murder after son bakes to death in car

A US man has been charged with murdering his nearly two-year-old son by leaving him in a hot car for seven hours and could face the death penalty if convicted.

US dad charged with murder after son bakes to death in car
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Drug-smuggling Australian sentenced to death in Vietnam

An Australian of Vietnamese origin has been sentenced to death after trying to smuggle four kilograms (8.8 pounds) of heroin out of the country, state media in the communist nation said.

Drug-smuggling Australian sentenced to death in Vietnam
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Japan hangs killer in first execution this year

Japan hanged a man on Thursday, the nation's first execution this year, and the ninth since the conservative government of Shinzo Abe came to power in December 2012.

Japan hangs killer in first execution this year
Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag. Photo courtesy of theafricom.com
Death-row Sudanese Christian freed but fears for life: lawyer

A Sudanese Christian who gave birth in prison after being sentenced to hang for apostasy was freed Monday but immediately went into hiding, fearing for her life, a lawyer said.

Death-row Sudanese Christian freed but fears for life: lawyer
John Henry. ©Reuters/Florida Department of Corrections
Florida executes death-row inmate, third in US in 24 hours

Florida put to death a convicted double killer, the third execution in 24 hours in the United States, amid a raging controversy over lethal injection methods.

Florida executes death-row inmate, third in US in 24 hours
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Death sentences reversed in China rape case

A Chinese court overturned death sentences imposed on two men who allegedly forced into prostitution the daughter of a social campaigner, media reported Friday, the latest development in the high-profile case.

Death sentences reversed in China rape case
US condemns Sudan over Christian woman's death penalty
US condemns Sudan over Christian woman's death penalty

US Secretary of State John Kerry criticized Sudan on Thursday for sentencing a Christian woman to hang for apostasy, urging Khartoum to repeal its laws banning Muslims from converting.

US condemns Sudan over Christian woman's death penalty
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N. Korea sentences S. Korean 'spy' to hard labour for life

North Korea sentenced a South Korean missionary to hard labour for life after accusing him of espionage and setting up an underground church, state media said Saturday, the latest Christian preacher to run into trouble in the secretive state.

N. Korea sentences S. Korean 'spy' to hard labour for life