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  • Texas candidate faces thorny death penalty choice
    Texas candidate faces thorny death penalty choice Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The death penalty is like gun rights in Texas politics: Candidates don't dare get in the way of either. But Republican Greg Abbott, the favorite to succeed Gov. Rick Perry, must soon make a decision as attorney general that could disrupt the nation's busiest death chamber. More »

  • UN expert urges Iran to halt woman's execution Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    GENEVA (AP) — A United Nations human rights investigator is urging Iran to stop the planned execution of a woman said to be the victim of a sexual assault over concerns that she didn't receive a fair trial. More »

  • Body of Mexican executed in US returned home
    Body of Mexican executed in US returned home Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    The body of a Mexican national who was executed in the US state of Texas has been transferred to his hometown of Nuevo Laredo to be buried. More »

  • Mexican national executed for 1997 Texas slaying Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A man who escaped prison in his native Mexico while serving a murder sentence was executed Wednesday for fatally beating a former university professor and attacking his wife more than 16 years ago. More »

  • Kim Jong-Un 're-elected' as North Korean leader
    Kim Jong-Un 're-elected' as North Korean leader Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    Kim Jong-Un was Wednesday "re-elected" as North Korea's leader, state media said, as parliament met in a session closely watched for power shifts in the regime following the shock execution of his once-powerful uncle. More »

  • Death penalty phase next in Arizona murder case
    Death penalty phase next in Arizona murder case Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    PHOENIX (AP) — The same jury that convicted an Arizona woman of murder in the hammer-bludgeoning death of her husband will immediately begin hearing testimony to decide whether she lives or dies for the crime. More »

  • North Korea: Senior Official Executed by Flamethrower in Kim Jong-un Purge
    North Korea: Senior Official Executed by Flamethrower in Kim Jong-un Purge Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    A North Korean official has been executed with a flamethrower in the latest high-profile death in Kim Jong-un's crackdown on those loyal to his late uncle Jang Song-thaek. A report by South Korea's Chosun Ilbo newspaper quotes an unnamed source revealing that O Sang-hon, a deputy minister at the Ministry of Public Security was "executed by flamethrower". Sang-hon was sentenced to death because he carried out Jang's instructions to convert the Public Security Ministry into a personal security division in order to benefit his business matters. Whether the source's account of the flamethrower death is true or not cannot be independently verified, but the potential for anti-North Korean propaganda to be published by South Korea publications is high. More »

  • Death Row Britons: Who were the British Criminals Executed in the United St …
    Death Row Britons: Who were the British Criminals Executed in the United St … Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    Nicholas Ingram had been on Death Row for 12 years before he became the first Briton to be executed in the US. The murderer sat silently and declined a final meal during the preceeding hours before the US state of Georgia slammed 2,000 volts rattling through his body on 8 April, 1995. More »

  • Appeals court: Texas execution back on Mon, Apr 7, 2014

    HOUSTON (AP) — The execution of a Texas death row inmate was back on schedule Monday after a federal appeals court ruled that the state doesn't have to reveal where it gets its lethal injection drug. More »

  • Texas parole board denies pardon for executed man Mon, Apr 7, 2014

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Innocence Project says the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles has denied its petition to posthumously pardon a Texas man executed for killing his three children in a house fire. More »

  • Head of playschool given death penalty for killing children with poisoned y …
    Head of playschool given death penalty for killing children with poisoned y … Sun, Apr 6, 2014

    The head of the playschool in northern China poisoned the two children in a revenge attack on a rival school. More »

  • France to shun Rwanda genocide ceremony after Kagame accusations
    France to shun Rwanda genocide ceremony after Kagame accusations Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    France said on Saturday it had cancelled plans to attend a ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide following accusations of French involvement in the massacre by Rwandan President Paul Kagame. The African weekly Jeune Afrique quoted Kagame last month as saying in an interview that both France and Belgium had played a "direct role ... in the political preparation of genocide and participation in its execution". The French Foreign Ministry said France was "surprised by the recent accusations made by the Rwandan president", and that French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira, who had been due to travel to the Rwandan capital Kigali on Monday, would no longer attend the commemoration. More »

  • Glance: Execution drug secrecy in 5 states Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    An Associated Press survey of the nation's 32 death penalty states found that the vast majority refuse to disclose the source of their execution drugs. Some states with laws shielding information about execution drugs and policies and the challenges to those laws: More »

  • Gang of Rapists Handed India's First Sex Crime Death Penalty
    Gang of Rapists Handed India's First Sex Crime Death Penalty Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    In a landmark verdict, a court in India has handed down the country's first death sentence under an amended law on punishment for rape. Under the new law, repeat offenders can now be sentenced to death, and rapists can be imprisoned for the rest of their natural lives. Three repeat offenders involved the gang rape of a photojournalist and a call-centre employee in an abandoned mill were sentenced to death by a Mumbai sessions court, according to local media reports. Judge Shalini Phansalkar Joshi said that the objective of the law was to send a "strong signal" to society that such grave offences must not occur again. More »

  • Egypt deports activist with death penalty petition Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities deported an activist who wanted to present a petition opposing the death sentences given to 529 supporters of toppled Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, his international humanitarian organization said Friday. More »

  • Wealth management sector shrinks under tighter regulations
    Wealth management sector shrinks under tighter regulations Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    By Joshua Franklin and Simon Jessop LONDON (Reuters) - The fragmented UK wealth management sector is shrinking as firms quit, bulk up or look to service a more profitable slice of the country's growing number of rich clients, to cope with costly new regulations. There were 147 firms managing 554 billion pounds of business in the sector, including private banks, private client investment managers, full service wealth managers and execution only brokers, at end-2012 according to industry data provider ComPeer. This week saw Rathbones Brothers , Jupiter Fund Management , Pictet & Cie, Berenberg Bank and Deutsche Bank's fund arm all shaking up their operations. "We see the business is becoming more regulated and the cost of that regulation is the same for a 300 million pound firm like ours and a 3 billion pound firm, and so you need extremely robust processes in place," said Charles MacKinnon, chief investment officer at Thurleigh Investment Managers. More »

  • Serial Killer Is Executed Amid Drug Debate
    Serial Killer Is Executed Amid Drug Debate Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    Tommy Lynn Sells' execution in Texas took place amid a growing debate over where the state gets its lethal injection drugs. The 49-year-old was convicted of capital murder in 2000 for the death of Kaylene Harris and slashing of her 10-year-old friend, Krystal Surles, who survived and helped police find Sells. The Harris family had befriended Sells at a community church. Court records show Sells claimed to have committed as many as 70 killings across the US, including young girls. More »

  • Serial killer executed with Texas' new drug supply
    Serial killer executed with Texas' new drug supply Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    A serial killer was put to death Thursday in Texas after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his lawyers' demand that the state release information about where it gets its lethal injection drug. Tommy Lynn ... More »

  • Scant evidence of threats to execution drugmakers Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    Texas prison officials have offered scant evidence to support their claim that pharmacies that supply the state with execution drugs would be in danger of violence if their identities were made public. ... More »

  • Saudi Arabia: Blood Money Saves Indonesian Maid from Beheading
    Saudi Arabia: Blood Money Saves Indonesian Maid from Beheading Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    The life of an Indonesian maid sentenced to death by beheading in Saudi Arabia has been spared after the Indonesian government agreed to pay 2m Saudi Arabian riyals ( £324,570) blood money. Satinah Binti Jumadi Ahmad, 41, was charged with the murder of her employer Nura al-Garib in Saudi Arabia, in 2007. Under Islamic sharia law followed in Saudi Arabia, the family of a victim can settle for ''blood money'' instead of an execution. The Indonesian central government, therefore,  had negotiated with al-Garib's family a sum of 7m riyals  (£1,125,292) as "blood money" compensation. More »

  • Revenge Season 3 'Execution' Spoiler: Who Dies in Finale, Jack or N …
    Revenge Season 3 'Execution' Spoiler: Who Dies in Finale, Jack or N … Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    The finale of Revenge Season 3 is just four episodes away and Emily VanCamp (Emily Thorne) has already revealed a shocking spoiler about the death of a character close to her in the ABC drama. The actress disclosed a major spoiler from the finale episode 'Execution' in an interview to The New York Daily News. In the drama, Emily has only two persons close to her heart -- her childhood love Jack Porter and trusted friend Nolan Ross. Meanwhile, Victoria is all set to unleash her evil side to stop Emily from reaching for the truth. More »

  • Supreme Court won't stop Texas execution over drug
    Supreme Court won't stop Texas execution over drug Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court said Thursday that it won't stop the execution of a Texas serial killer whose attorneys want the state to release information about where it gets its lethal injection drug. More »

  • U.S. Supreme Court won't stop Texas execution over state refusal to name … Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court won't stop Texas execution over state refusal to name lethal drug supplier . More »

  • Supreme Court to decide Texas execution drug case
    Supreme Court to decide Texas execution drug case Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Texas attorneys tell the U.S. Supreme Court it's not in the public interest to stop a serial killer's execution until the state releases information about the new supply of drugs that would be used to kill him. More »

  • Indonesian 'blood money' saves maid from Saudi execution
    Indonesian 'blood money' saves maid from Saudi execution Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    Indonesia has agreed to pay $1.9 million to stop the impending execution of an Indonesian maid on death row in Saudi Arabia for murder, a minister said Thursday. More »

  • Roya Nobakht: British Woman May Face Execution in Iran for Insulting Islam on …
    Roya Nobakht: British Woman May Face Execution in Iran for Insulting Islam on … Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    A British woman could face execution for posting derogatory comments about the Iranian government on Facebook. Roya Saberi Negad Nobakht, 47, from Stockport, has been detained in an Iranian prison and charged with "insulting Islamic sanctities", a crime punishable by death. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has said it is "urgently" examining Nobakht's case, yet negotiations are difficult as Britain has no embassy in Iran. Daryoush Taghipoor, Nobakht's husband who is currently in Iran, said his wife was arrested for commenting that the Iranian government was being "too Islamic" in a Facebook group. More »

  • Jury to weigh death penalty in carjack killing
    Jury to weigh death penalty in carjack killing Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A man who could face the death penalty for killing a South Dakota hospice nurse as part of a plan to assassinate President Barack Obama has a history of mental illness and his life should be spared, his attorney argued Wednesday. More »

  • Appeals court: 1 Texas execution back on schedule
    Appeals court: 1 Texas execution back on schedule Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    HOUSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday threw out a ruling requiring the Texas prison system to disclose more information about where it gets lethal-injection drugs, reversing a judge who had halted an upcoming execution. More »

  • US serial killer set to die after court reverse
    US serial killer set to die after court reverse Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    A US serial killer is set to die by lethal injection on Thursday after a federal appeals court overturned a lower court ruling which postponed the execution in the latest legal battle over the drugs used to carry out death sentences. More »

  • Appeals court overturns ruling on execution drugs
    Appeals court overturns ruling on execution drugs Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    HOUSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday threw out a ruling requiring the Texas prison system to disclose more information about where it gets lethal-injection drugs, reversing a judge who had halted an upcoming execution. More »

  • CORRECTS: Appeals court puts 1 Texas execution back on schedule after overturning … Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    CORRECTS: Appeals court puts 1 Texas execution back on schedule after overturning ruling. (Corrects APNewsAlert that had appeals court putting 2 executions back on schedule) More »

  • Judge halts execution, cites drug source secrecy
    Judge halts execution, cites drug source secrecy Wed, Apr 2, 2014

    A federal judge on Wednesday stopped the scheduled execution of a serial killer in Texas, saying justice department officials must disclose information to the inmate's lawyers about the supplier of a new ... More »

  • Judge halts Texas execution, says prison agency must disclose drug source to … Wed, Apr 2, 2014

    Judge halts Texas execution, says prison agency must disclose drug source to inmate's lawyers. More »

  • Marouane Fellaini Must Become First Casualty of David Moyes' Manchester …
    Marouane Fellaini Must Become First Casualty of David Moyes' Manchester … Wed, Apr 2, 2014

    Bill Clinton, Goldman Sachs and Robbie Williams all chose the opportune moment to take their leave, and did so with perfect execution. After a dispiriting and abject display in the Champions League against Bayern Munich, Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini is football's latest individual to be clinging on for dear life. Though United keyboard warrior supporters might be baying for the blood of manager David Moyes, the Belgian international is drowning at Old Trafford. Among the songs featured on Tuesday night prior to the visit of Bayern Munich was Iggy Pop's 'The Passenger'. More »

  • Woman on Mississippi's death row gets new trial
    Woman on Mississippi's death row gets new trial Mon, Mar 31, 2014

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A death row inmate who prosecutors say recruited her son in a plot to kill her husband will get a new trial, the Mississippi Supreme Court ruled Monday in a rare order for a prisoner awaiting execution. More »