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Liu Han, former chairman of Hanlong Mining. ©Reuters/Stringer
China sentences mining tycoon to death

A Chinese court on Friday convicted a mining billionaire said to have links with former security tsar Zhou Yongkang of murder and sentenced him to death.

China sentences mining tycoon to death
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Teenager test case in Maldives death penalty revival

A 16-year-old boy has been charged with murder over a fatal stabbing in the Maldives, becoming the first minor to be accused of a capital offence since the death penalty was reintroduced, officials said.

Teenager test case in Maldives death penalty revival
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Pakistan couple gets death over 'blasphemous' text message

A court in eastern Pakistan has sentenced a Christian couple to death for sending a blasphemous text message insulting to the Prophet Mohammed, their lawyer said Saturday.

Pakistan couple gets death over 'blasphemous' text message
Djohar Tsarnaev. ©Reuters/Alexander Demianchuk
FBI wanted Boston bombing suspect 'to be informant'

The defense for accused Boston marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev say the FBI approached his brother and fellow suspect Tamerlan about becoming an informant on the Chechen and Muslim community.

FBI wanted Boston bombing suspect 'to be informant'
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. ©Reuters/Toru Hanai
Japan public sceptical on death penalty: study

Japan's public is less enthusiastic about capital punishment than government research shows, a new study has claimed, amid an acceleration in the rate of executions under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Japan public sceptical on death penalty: study
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Kazakhstan has no need for death penalty: criminal law expert

I believe that life-long sentence is a severe enough punishment and the restrictions it imposes on a person are tough enough to view it as a real alternative to death penalty: Kazakhstan professor of criminal law.

Kazakhstan has no need for death penalty: criminal law expert
Criminal Code. © Yaroslav Radlovsky
Kazakhstan MPs suggest removing death penalty from Criminal Code

In December 2003 Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev introduced an unlimited moratorium on capital punishment.

Kazakhstan MPs suggest removing death penalty from Criminal Code
Zhang Shuxia, an obstetrician involved in baby trafficking, stands trial in Weinan Intermediate People's Court in Weinan, Shaanxi province, December 30, 2013. ©Reuters/China Daily
China doctor guilty of baby trafficking

A Chinese court on Tuesday convicted an obstetrician of abducting newborn babies and gave her a suspended death sentence.

China doctor guilty of baby trafficking
Bangladesh top court orders senior Islamist to hang
Bangladesh top court orders senior Islamist to hang

Bangladesh's top court Tuesday sentenced to death a senior Islamist opposition official for murder during the 1971 liberation war against Pakistan.

Bangladesh top court orders senior Islamist to hang
Nidal Hasan. ©REUTERS
US court martial sentences Fort Hood shooter to death

A military jury sentenced a US Army officer to death Wednesday for carrying out an Al-Qaeda inspired mass shooting on the Fort Hood base in Texas that left 13 dead.

US court martial sentences Fort Hood shooter to death
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US convict who was 'too fat to execute' dies in jail

A 485-pound (220-kilogram) convicted murderer who escaped execution after his lawyers argued he was too fat to be put to death has died in prison.

US convict who was 'too fat to execute' dies in jail
New York court sentences cop killer to death
New York court sentences cop killer to death

A US federal court in New York on Wednesday sentenced convicted cop killer Ronell Wilson to death by lethal injection for a second time.

New York court sentences cop killer to death
China's former railways minister, Liu Zhijun, attends a trial for charges of corruption and abuse of power. ©REUTERS/CCTV via Reuters TV
Suspended death for China ex-minister's 'huge' bribery

China's former railways minister Liu Zhijun was given a suspended death sentence Monday for "especially huge" bribery.

Suspended death for China ex-minister's 'huge' bribery
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Texas executes 500th inmate since death penalty reinstated

The US state of Texas on Wednesday executed its 500th convict since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976, a record in a country where capital punishment is in decline elsewhere.

Texas executes 500th inmate since death penalty reinstated
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Execution-free world getting closer: Amnesty

The use of the death penalty is broadly diminishing around the world although a handful of countries that had not used capital punishment for several years resumed executions in 2012.

Execution-free world getting closer: Amnesty
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US to see first electric chair execution since 2010

An American who murdered two fellow inmates to speed up his execution faces death on the electric chair Wednesday, the first execution of its kind since 2010, authorities.

US to see first electric chair execution since 2010
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Record backing expected for UN anti-death penalty vote

A record number of countries are expected to back a UN General Assembly call for a moratorium on capital punishment on Thursday.

Record backing expected for UN anti-death penalty vote
Trial proceeding. ©REUTERS
US to seek death penalty in Afghan massacre case

Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for an American soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers in one of the most appalling atrocities of the war.

US to seek death penalty in Afghan massacre case
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Record number back UN vote against death penalty

A record 110 countries on Monday backed a resolution voted every two years at a UN General Assembly committee calling for the abolition of the death penalty.

Record number back UN vote against death penalty