UN rights chief condemns 'shocking' Saudi mass executions

BERLIN (AP) — The U.N.'s human rights chief is calling Saudi Arabia's mass execution of 37 men, including three who were sentenced as minors, "shocking" and "abhorrent." Michelle Bac...

Trial begins over Arkansas' use of sedative in executions

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A trial has begun over Arkansas' use of a sedative in executions that critics say doesn't render inmates fully unconscious, two years after the state raced to put eight inmate...

Arkansas faces new court fight over sedative for executions

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed by death row inmates has renewed a court fight over whether the sedative Arkansas uses for lethal injections causes torturous executions, two years aft...

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Today in History Today is Tuesday, April 16, the 106th day of 2019. There are 259 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 16...

China retains title as ‘world's top executioner,’ says Amnesty Intl. death penalty report

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The number of global executions dropped to a record low in 2018 compared to a decade ago, with only 690 confirmed cases last year, excluding state executions carried out i...

Texas' high court keeps execution drug supplier secret

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A supplier of Texas' execution drugs can remain secret under a court ruling that cited a risk of "physical harm" to the compounding pharmacy if the information became public. ...

The Latest: Alabama inmate seeks execution stay

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on the scheduled execution of an Alabama inmate (all times local): Noon An Alabama inmate is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hal...

Man facing execution for pastor's sword-and-dagger slaying

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A man convicted of the sword-and-dagger stabbing death of a pastor is set to become the second person executed in Alabama this year, barring a last-minute stay. ...

EU urges Sri Lanka not to end moratorium on death penalty

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The European Union is urging Sri Lanka not to end its four-decade moratorium on the death penalty, saying capital punishment is not an effective deterrent to counter illicit ...

Belarus arrests 2 who want crosses at mass execution site

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Police in Belarus have arrested an opposition leader and another activist as demonstrators for the second day try to prevent authorities from removing wooden crosses at a site ne...

15 arrested in Belarus protesting at Soviet execution site

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Police in Belarus have arrested 15 demonstrators who were trying to prevent the removal of wooden crosses from a wooded area near the capital of Minsk where tens of thousands of ...

Texas bans clergy from executions after Supreme Court ruling

DALLAS (AP) — Texas prisons will no longer allow clergy in the death chamber after the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the scheduled execution of a man who argued his religious freedom would be violated if...

Amnesty urges Sri Lanka to halt death penalty plan

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Amnesty International is urging Sri Lanka to halt plans to resume executions after more than four decades, saying capital punishment will not end drug-related crimes. ...

US Supreme Court rejects Oklahoma death row inmate's appeal

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from an Oklahoma death row inmate who argued that a racist juror tainted the outcome of his trial. The high court o...

Drugmakers object to Arkansas execution secrecy measure

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Two pharmaceutical companies are objecting to legislative efforts to expand the secrecy surrounding the source of Arkansas' lethal injection drugs, saying the proposal would h...