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  • Prosecutor seeks death penalty in Kansas killings Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    OTTAWA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas prosecutor filed a motion Tuesday seeking the death penalty against a man accused in the brutal shooting deaths of four people last spring, including an 18-month-old toddler. More »

  • Barclays Confirms Bulk of Commodities Business Shutdown to Focus on Electronic …
    Barclays Confirms Bulk of Commodities Business Shutdown to Focus on Electronic … Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Barclays has confirmed IBTimes UK reports that it would shut down a majority of its commodities business in a bid to focus on more profitable parts of the bank and concentrate on electronic trading. Barclays confirmed earlier reports in a statement to IBTimes UK that it was exiting a majority of its commodities trading activity as part of its aim to meet "strict economic and strategic criteria under the new regulatory environment". "Barclays is exiting the majority of its global commodities business. The refocused business will provide a simplified financial flow platform for clients, with an emphasis on efficient electronic execution. More »

  • Militants kill three before voting in India's Kashmir Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    By Fayaz Bukhari SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) - Militants killed three men in India's restive Kashmir region on Monday, police said, in attacks that appeared intended to intimidate locals who are due to vote in a general election this week. The execution-style attacks targeted two village council heads in the Anantnag district in the broad Kashmir valley to the south of Srinagar. The police and army launched a combined operation to find the militants blamed for the attacks, the most serious in Jammu and Kashmir, India's only Muslim-majority province, of this election season. "Two village headmen are among three persons killed ahead of polls in South Kashmir's Anantnag constituency tonight," Deputy Superintendent of Police Pervaiz Ahmad told Reuters. More »

  • Tribute to 'death penalty' boxer
    Tribute to 'death penalty' boxer Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    A British human rights barrister who tried to overturn the wrongful murder conviction of US boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter has paid tribute to him following his death at the age of 76. More »

  • The Religious Significance of Good Friday in the Christian Faith
    The Religious Significance of Good Friday in the Christian Faith Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Good Friday is regarded as one of the most solemn occasions in the Christian faith. The Roman crucifixion was one of the most brutal methods of execution and it is said that the goal of Christ's death was to build a bridge between God and humanity, uniting heaven and earth with a Roman cross. More »

  • Good Friday: The Religious Significance of Holy Friday in the Christian Fai …
    Good Friday: The Religious Significance of Holy Friday in the Christian Fai … Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Good Friday is regarded as one of the most solemn occasions in the Christian faith. The Roman crucifixion was one of the most brutal methods of execution and it is said that the goal of Christ's death was to build a bridge between God and humanity, uniting heaven and earth with a Roman cross. More »

  • Iranian woman forgives son's killer at the gallows
    Iranian woman forgives son's killer at the gallows Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    The execution of an Iranian convicted of murder was halted at the very last minute in a dramatic scene this week when the mother of his victim forgave him as he stood on the gallows with the noose around his neck, according to Iranian media. More »

  • New Hampshire death penalty repeal fails by 1 vote Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's Senate has voted to leave intact the state's centuries-old death penalty. More »

  • Iran Murder Victim's Mother Stops Hanging
    Iran Murder Victim's Mother Stops Hanging Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    The 18-year-old victim's parents were expected to kick away the chair supporting the condemned man, named as Balal, at the public execution and send him to his death.  As she climbed up to the gallows, Samereh Alinejad asked the large crowd that had gathered to watch the execution whether they knew "how difficult it is to live in an empty house". The father of the victim, Abdolghani Hozzeinzad, then removed the noose from around the man's neck as the convict's own mother ran up to embrace the woman who had saved her son. More »

  • Man executed for killing 3 members of Texas family
    Man executed for killing 3 members of Texas family Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A man convicted of fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend, her young son and her mother 13 years ago at a home in Corpus Christi was executed by Texas prison officials Wednesday. More »

  • Mexican mobile phone operator sues IBM for $2.5 billion
    Mexican mobile phone operator sues IBM for $2.5 billion Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Mexican mobile phone operator Iusacell SA de CV sued IBM Corp on Wednesday, accusing the U.S. technology giant of making fraudulent representations that caused it to lose $2.5 billion (1.4 billion pounds) in profits. The lawsuit, filed in federal district court in New York, centred on a contract that Iusacell said IBM induced it to enter into in Mexico. "Events subsequent to the execution of the agreement have revealed that IBM both knowingly misrepresented and wrongfully concealed from Iusacell material facts both before and during the parties' relationship," Iusacell said in the complaint. IBM said in a statement that the lawsuit was a "transparent attempt" by Iusacell, which is co-owned by media and retail mogul Ricardo Salinas' Grupo Salinas and broadcast giant Grupo Televisa, to avoid its contractual obligations. More »

  • Family is key to understanding accused Boston bomber - attorney
    Family is key to understanding accused Boston bomber - attorney Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - The accused Boston Marathon bomber's relationship with family, and particularly with his slain older brother who prosecutors contend helped plan the attack, is key to understanding his case, defence lawyers argued on Wednesday. Attorneys for 20-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev argued in federal court that the defendant should be able to meet with his sisters without being monitored by an FBI agent cooperating with prosecutors, and needs access to more information investigators have gathered on his dead brother to mount a full defence to charges that carry the threat of execution. Tsarnaev is accused of planting two homemade bombs with his brother at the finish line of the April 15, 2013, Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring 264 and, three days later, in the shooting death of a university police officer. "Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is the youngest of three children. More »

  • 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 »