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# Executions

This year
UN urges action to stop 'wanton killings' in Sudan's Darfur region
Two months into the fighting in Sudan the United Nations has warned the conflict has taken an ‘ethnic dimension’ in the Darfur region.
Iran executes two more men in connection with protests
It brings the total executions in Iran following the protests to four.
Last year
Two inmates convicted of murder executed in US
Murray Hooper was 76-years-old when he was put to death.
Saudi Arabia says it executed 81 convicts in a single day
Officials said those executed included convicted members of al Qaida and the Islamic State group.
All time
Temporary reprieve for more than 700 death row inmates as California suspends executions
The west-coast state hasn’t carried out an execution since 2006, but 25 inmates have exhausted all of their appeals.
Arkansas struggling to get more lethal injection drugs
The state’s remaining supply of one of the drugs runs out tomorrow.
Despite public outcry, US state carries out first in series of executions
Ledell Lee’s execution was among eight inmates originally scheduled to be put to death before a lethal injection drug expires on 30 April.
Supreme Court blocks last-minute attempt by Arkansas to execute murderer
Justices declined an appeal from the state’s attorney general to lift a stay barring the execution of Don Davis.
State of Arkansas to fight for permission to go ahead with 8 executions in 11 days
A federal judge issued stays for each of the inmates on Saturday.
Death row inmates file lawsuit to prevent executions of eight men in 10 days
Arkansas has scheduled the executions in order to use its supply of a lethal injection drug before it expires.
Ohio obtains hundreds of vials of lethal injection drugs so executions can continue
Drugmakers have, by and large, put their drugs off-limits for executions.
Six countries with the most executions and Ireland's diplomatic links to them
Although state killings are legal in some countries, there remains a lot of secrecy around the figures recording instances of it.
Islamic State's alleged latest video features an English-speaking boy threatening to kill 'non-believers' in the UK
The video purports to show the execution of five men who confess to charges of “espionage”.
Isis threatens Britain in new executions video
In the footage, an English-speaking IS fighter calls British Prime Minister David Cameron an “imbecile”.
Saudi Arabia has executed 47 men, including a prominent cleric, for terror offences
All bar two of those executed were Saudi citizens. The executions have sparked international condemnation in the region.
Islamic State is using a Roman amphitheatre as a stage for executions
20 men they accused of fighting for the regime were killed.
Seven foreigners condemned to death sang hymns before being executed by firing squad
Australia has withdrawn its ambassador, as Prime Minister Tony Abbott says relations between the two nations have entered a ‘dark hour’.
Which countries execute people? And how do they do it?
There were 3,000 estimated executions last year.
China executed 2,400 people last year ... that's a drop of 20 per cent on 2012
The total for the rest of the world combined was 778 people in 2013, according to Amnesty International.
News organisations take Missouri to court over lethal injection policy
The origin of execution drugs has been brought into sharp focus after a number of botched killings.
Japanese man nears half century on death row
Questions emerging over guilt of world’s longest-serving condemned inmate.
Death penalty stats show increase in executions but drop in death sentences
The Amnesty International figures have revealed that while the number of people executed last year rose by two, there were 201 less death sentences handed down.
Eight killed in Syrian prison mutiny
Opposition Syrian National Council claims regime forces opened fire on detainees during a peaceful sit-in protest.
'Kiss my ass': Most memorable last words
What are some of the things that have been uttered to the executioner?
Executions reported as rebels seize border crossings in Syria
Iraq says that all of its borders with Syria have been seized.
Saudi Arabia beheads five people for murder, drug smuggling
Four Saudi citizens and one Syrian national have been executed, according to Saudi authorities.