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Arkansas executes Ledell Lee in first death penalty use in 12 years

Media playback is unsupported on your device Arkansas has executed Ledell Lee in the US state’s first use of the death penalty in 12 years. It came after the US Supreme Court rejected a challenge arguing Arkansas was unfairly rushing several executions before its supply of a lethal injection drug expires at the end of April. On Thursday the state’s Supreme Court overturned a ruling blocking the use of a different drug. Lee was convicted for murder and recently told the BBC he was innocent. His third request to stay ...

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Indonesia executes four drug convicts on Nusakambangan

Indonesia has executed the first four of 14 drug convicts on death row. One Indonesian and three Nigerians were killed by firing squad shortly after midnight local time (17:00 GMT), reports say. There has been no confirmation yet from the government. The remaining 10 are expected to be put to death in the coming days. Human rights organisation Amnesty International condemned the executions as a “deplorable act that violates international and Indonesian law”. Indonesia has some of the world’s toughest drug laws, and has faced intense criticism internationally for resuming ...

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North Korea executes army chief of staff: South Korean media

North Korea has executed its army chief of staff, Ri Yong Gil, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported on Wednesday, which, if true, would be the latest in a series of executions, purges and disappearances under its young leader. The news comes amid heightened tension surrounding isolated North Korea after its Sunday launch of a long-range rocket, which came about a month after it drew international condemnation for conducting its fourth nuclear test. A source familiar with North Korean affairs also told Reuters that Ri had been executed. The source ...

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Saudi Arabia executes top Shia cleric

Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr: Saudi Arabia executes top Shia cleric 2 January 2016 From the section Middle East Image copyright Reuters Image caption Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, seen here in an undated photograph, was a vocal critic of the Saudi authorities Saudi Arabia has executed the prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, the interior ministry said. He was among 47 people put to death after being convicted of terrorism offences, it said in a statement. Sheikh Nimr was a vocal supporter of the mass anti-government protests that erupted in Eastern Province in ...

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