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  • US Supreme Court won't lift stay in Florida execution Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to lift a stay of execution of a convicted Florida quadruple-murderer while the justices review the drug mixture used in lethal injections. More »

  • Woman's Execution Delayed By Rare Winter Storm
    Woman's Execution Delayed By Rare Winter Storm Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    The execution of a female inmate has been delayed due to a rare winter storm set to pummel the US Deep South. Kelly Renee Gissendaner was scheduled to be put to death in Georgia at 7pm on Wednesday. Georgia Department of Corrections spokeswoman Gwendolyn Hogan said the decision to delay Gissendaner's death sentence due to weather was a first for the state. Gissendaner is Georgia's only female death row inmate, and would be the first woman executed in the state in about 70 years. More »

  • Ahead of winter storm, Georgia delays woman's execution
    Ahead of winter storm, Georgia delays woman's execution Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) — The state of Georgia on Wednesday delayed the execution of its only female death row inmate, ahead of a winter storm forecast to hit many areas with several inches of snow. More »

  • Ahead of winter storm, Georgia delays execution of state's only female death … Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) — Ahead of winter storm, Georgia delays execution of state's only female death row inmate. More »

  • Parole board denies clemency for only woman on Georgia death row; execution … Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) — Parole board denies clemency for only woman on Georgia death row; execution set for Wednesday. More »

  • Australia 'very disappointed' at Indonesia death row ruling
    Australia 'very disappointed' at Indonesia death row ruling Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Wednesday she was "very disappointed" at the failure of the latest bid to spare two Australians on death row in Indonesia, as Jakarta signalled that execution preparations were almost complete. More »

  • Australia pleads for mercy for drug traffickers to be executed in Indonesia
    Australia pleads for mercy for drug traffickers to be executed in Indonesia Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    By Jane Wardell and Kanupriya Kapoor SYDNEY/JAKARTA (Reuters) - Australia's foreign minister appealed to Indonesia's president on Wednesday to show mercy for two Australian drug traffickers due to executed in Indonesia, expressing disappointment that their latest legal appeal had been rejected. President Joko Widodo has denied clemency to 11 convicts on death row, including the Australian nationals, ratcheting up diplomatic tensions amid repeated pleas for mercy. Indonesia's attorney general said on Wednesday the executions, to be carried out by firing squads, would not be delayed or cancelled in the face of diplomatic pressure, but declined to specify a date. Widodo, who took calls from Brazil, France, and the Netherlands this week - who have nationals on death row in Indonesia - has warned these nations against interfering in Indonesia's sovereign affairs. More »

  • Indonesia's president rejects any intervention in executions
    Indonesia's president rejects any intervention in executions Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's president said Tuesday he will not accept any attempts by other countries to halt the execution of foreign drug traffickers. More »

  • Jakarta court dismisses death row Australians' legal challenge
    Jakarta court dismisses death row Australians' legal challenge Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    An Indonesian court on Tuesday dismissed a bid by two Australian drug traffickers on death row to avoid execution by challenging the president's rejection of their pleas for clemency. More »

  • Saudi court gives death penalty to man who renounced his Muslim faith Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    An Islamic court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a man to death for renouncing his Muslim faith, the English-language daily Saudi Gazette reported on Tuesday. Saudi Arabia, the United States' top Arab ally and birthplace of Islam, follows the strict Wahhabi Sunni Muslim school and gives the clergy control over its justice system. Under the Wahhabi interpretation of Sharia Islamic law, apostasy demands the death penalty, as do some other religious offences like sorcery, while blasphemy and criticism of senior Muslim clerics have incurred jail terms and corporal punishment. Executions in Saudi Arabia are usually carried out by public beheading. More »

  • Indonesia says executions won't be delayed despite mercy pleas
    Indonesia says executions won't be delayed despite mercy pleas Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    By Kanupriya Kapoor JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's president said on Tuesday the planned execution of 11 convicts on death row, most on drugs charges, would not be delayed, warning foreign countries not to intervene in his government's right to use capital punishment. President Joko Widodo has denied clemency to the convicts despite repeated pleas from Australia, Brazil and France, who have citizens due to be executed by firing squad. He said he took calls from the leaders of France, Brazil and the Netherlands about the death penalty but made no mention of Australia. The president did not say when the executions would be carried out. More »

  • Indonesia's president says executions won't be delayed Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Indonesia's president said on Tuesday the planned execution of 11 convicts on death row, most on drugs charges, would not be delayed, warning foreign countries not to intervene in the country's right to use capital punishment. "The first thing I need to say firmly is that there shouldn't be any intervention towards the death penalty because it is our sovereign right to exercise our law," President Joko Widodo told reporters. Widodo said he took calls from the leaders of France, Brazil and the Netherlands about the death penalty. More »

  • Indonesia rethinks Brazil military purchases amid execution row-media Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Indonesia is re-evaluating the purchase of fighter jets and rocket launchers from Brazil, as a row between the two nations worsens over the execution of a Brazilian for drug offences, said the Jakarta Post, quoting Indonesia's vice president. Both countries have recalled their ambassadors in a tit-for-tat feud that began when Indonesia executed Brazilian citizen Marco Archer Cardoso Moreira and five others for drug offences last month. A second Brazilian national is among a second group of 11 prisoners due to be executed soon in Indonesia, which has some of the strictest drug trafficking laws in the world. More »

  • William Keegan: Greek stay of economic execution raises pantomime spectre of …
    William Keegan: Greek stay of economic execution raises pantomime spectre of … Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    The German finance minister, Wolfgang Schauble, could not resist it, could he? In what for your correspondent was the nastiest quote of the week, Herr Schauble just had to rub it in by proclaiming the Greek government "certainly will have a difficult time explaining the deal to its voters". He was, of course, referring to the compromise agreement, or stay of economic execution, hammered out between the Greeks and the finance ministers of the rest of the eurozone on 20 February in Brussels. Against the background of a Black Friday run on its banks, the Greek government had little alternative but to agree to draw up a batch of "reform measures", almost certainly involving more austerity than they bargained for, in order to extend the €172bn (£126bn, $195bn) rescue programme for four months. More »

  • Isis: Islamic State militants parade 21 captive Peshmerga fighters in cages
    Isis: Islamic State militants parade 21 captive Peshmerga fighters in cages Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    Islamic State (Isis) released a video purportedly showing 21 captive Peshmerga fighters being paraded in cages through the streets of a town in Kirkuk province, Iraq, according to the SITE intelligence group. The video, And Heal The Breasts Of A Believing People - the same title given to footage that showed Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh being burned alive - was distributed on social media websites on 21 February. It does not show the execution of the men and they are alive at the end of the video but screen flashes show the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians by Isis divisions in Libya. The al-Malhama Brigade, a pro-IS jihadi media group, had distributed a video on 13 February containing similar scenes of the parading of caged Peshmerga but recorded from a different angle. More »

  • Indonesia recalls envoy to Brazil amid row over execution Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    Indonesia has recalled its new ambassador to Brazil after the South American country stopped him taking part in a credentials ceremony following the execution of a Brazilian national for drugs trafficking. Brazil and the Netherlands earlier withdrew their ambassadors from Indonesia, which has some of the strictest drug trafficking laws in the world, after two of their citizens were among six people executed for drugs offences last month. Indonesia is also involved in a diplomatic dispute with Australia over the fate of two Australian members of the "Bali Nine" drug trafficking ring who are due to be executed this month. Toto Riyanto, who was chosen as Indonesia's new ambassador to Brazil in October, had been invited to present his credentials at a ceremony at the presidential palace in Brasilia on Friday along with several other new ambassadors, but his participation was postponed at short notice. More »

  • Australian FM calls Indonesia to ease tensions: reports
    Australian FM calls Indonesia to ease tensions: reports Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    Foreign Minister Julie Bishop called on Indonesia to give two Australians on death row an "indefinite stay of execution" as she clarified her Prime Minister's comments linking their fate to aid, media reports said Saturday. More »

  • Brazil's Rousseff refuses Indonesian envoy credentials
    Brazil's Rousseff refuses Indonesian envoy credentials Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Friday refused to accept the credentials of the Indonesian ambassador to demonstrate her anger at last month's execution of a Brazilian citizen for drug smuggling. More »

  • New Oregon governor will continue death penalty moratorium
    New Oregon governor will continue death penalty moratorium Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said Friday she'll continue a death penalty moratorium imposed by her predecessor while she seeks a debate about "fixing the system." More »

  • Indonesia delays execution of two Australians
    Indonesia delays execution of two Australians Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    Indonesia has delayed the execution of two Australian drug smugglers by up to a month, backtracking on an earlier pledge to put the pair before the firing squad by the end of February. More »

  • Indonesia delays execution of Australian convicts
    Indonesia delays execution of Australian convicts Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    VP's office says execution held for "between three weeks to one month" as Australia seeks pardon for drug smuggling duo. More »

  • UN rights experts demand that Iran halt planned execution Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. human rights experts are demanding that Iran halt the planned execution of a man who was arrested at age 17 and says he was tortured into confessing. More »

  • Islamic State lays claim to North African outpost
    Islamic State lays claim to North African outpost Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    By Patrick Markey and Michael Georgy ALGIERS/CAIRO (Reuters) - The images match the worst of Islamic State's atrocities: black-clad fighters and an English-speaking jihadist taunt the West before slaughtering their victims in orange jumpsuits on a Libyan beach. Their masked leader turns to the Mediterranean and points a bloodied knife towards Europe, declaring, "We will conquer Rome, God willing." The execution of 21 Egyptian Christians by militants in Libya proclaiming allegiance to Islamic State was an announcement that the group, also known as ISIS or ISIL, has spread from Syria and Iraq to Libya. Egyptian jets pounded suspected militant sites in Libya, and Paris joined Cairo in calling for U.N. action to halt the militants' spread. Libya appears to be Islamic State's most successful move yet beyond its Middle East heartland, likely attracting more recruits and increasing Western fears of a new North African base for jihadist fighters. More »

  • Threats have no place in diplomacy, Indonesia tells Australia
    Threats have no place in diplomacy, Indonesia tells Australia Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    Indonesia's foreign ministry told Australia Wednesday that nobody responds well to threats as tensions mount over the looming execution of two Australian drug smugglers. More »

  • Bangladesh orders top political figure to hang
    Bangladesh orders top political figure to hang Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    War crimes tribunal orders execution of top Jamaat-Islami leader for atrocities during country's 1971 liberation war. More »

  • Indonesia hits back after Australian PM's comments on planned execution … Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    Indonesia's foreign ministry reacted sharply on Wednesday to comments by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott linking the past provision of aid to the imminent execution of two Australian convicts, saying "no one responds well to threats". "I hope the statement made [by Abbott] does not reflect the true colours of Australians," Foreign Ministry spokesman Armanatha Nasir told reporters. " ... Threats are not part of diplomatic language and no one responds well to threats." Abbott had said Indonesia owed it to Australia not to execute two Australian drug offenders, Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, on death row. More »

  • Australia links tsunami aid to fate of drug smugglers
    Australia links tsunami aid to fate of drug smugglers Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    Indonesia critical of PM Abbott's remarks as diplomatic spat worsens ahead of pair's execution by firing squad. More »

  • Indonesia postpones transfer of drug convicts for execution
    Indonesia postpones transfer of drug convicts for execution Tue, Feb 17, 2015

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia has postponed the transfer of six convicted drug smugglers, including five foreigners, to a prison island for execution due to technical problems and to allow the two Australians among them to spend more time with their families, an official said Tuesday. More »

  • UN Security Council to meet Wednesday on Libya
    UN Security Council to meet Wednesday on Libya Tue, Feb 17, 2015

    The UN Security Council will meet Wednesday to discuss the situation in Libya after the apparent IS execution of 21 Egyptian Christians, with Egypt's foreign minister in attendance, diplomats said Tuesday. More »

  • Australians' transfer to Indonesia execution site delayed
    Australians' transfer to Indonesia execution site delayed Tue, Feb 17, 2015

    The transfer of two Australians to an Indonesian island prison for execution will not go ahead this week as planned, the attorney-general's office said Tuesday, as Canberra pressed for their lives to be spared. More »

  • Indonesia delays transfer of two Australian drug offenders for execution
    Indonesia delays transfer of two Australian drug offenders for execution Tue, Feb 17, 2015

    By Kanupriya Kapoor JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia has postponed the transfer of five convicts, two Australian drug offenders among them, to another prison for execution, prompted by medical concerns and families' requests for more time with the prisoners, authorities said on Tuesday. Australia has been pursuing an eleventh-hour campaign to save the lives of Myuran Sukumaran, 33, and Andrew Chan, 31, two members of the so-called Bali Nine, convicted in 2005 as the ringleaders of a plot to smuggle heroin out of Indonesia. Indonesia has harsh penalties for drug trafficking and resumed executions in 2013 after a five-year gap. Five foreigners were among six people executed last month, the first executions since President Joko Widodo took office in October. More »

  • Indonesia moving 2 Aussies, 5 other foreigners for execution
    Indonesia moving 2 Aussies, 5 other foreigners for execution Mon, Feb 16, 2015

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Eight convicted drug smugglers, including seven foreigners, will be transferred to an Indonesian prison island this week for imminent execution despite international appeals for clemency, an official said Monday. More »

  • Last-Minute Plea To Stop Execution Of Oz Inmates
    Last-Minute Plea To Stop Execution Of Oz Inmates Mon, Feb 16, 2015

    Eight convicted drug smugglers, including two Australians, will be transferred by Indonesian authorities to a prison island for execution despite international appeals. Andrew Chan, 31, and Myuran Sukumaran, 33 will be taken to Nusa Kambangan prison island from Bali this week, according to the attorney general's office. All legal options have been exhausted by the seven men from Indonesia, Australia, France, Brazil, Ghana, Nigeria and one woman from the Philippines. They were convicted in 2005 as the ringleaders of a plot to smuggle heroin out of Indonesia. More »

  • Battle against Islamic State expands as Egypt bombs Libyan affiliate Mon, Feb 16, 2015

    Egypt claims to have launched airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Libya, in retaliation for the gruesome execution of 21 Egyptian Christians shown in a video released Sunday. The mass murder threatens to open a new front in the greater battle against the self-declared Islamic State, potentially drawing Western powers once more into military intervention in Libya. Egyptian state television declared that government warplanes struck targets in the eastern Libyan city of Darna, a militant stronghold on the coast about 150 miles from the Egyptian border. The BBC reports that the strikes, made in coordination with the military of the recognized Libyan government based in Tobruk, targeted "camps, training sites and weapons storage areas" of the IS affiliate in Libya. More »

  • Australians to be sent to Indonesia execution site this week
    Australians to be sent to Indonesia execution site this week Mon, Feb 16, 2015

    Two Australian drug traffickers will be transferred this week to an Indonesian high-security prison before their execution by firing squad, with several other foreigners to follow, the attorney-general's office said Monday. More »