US state Nebraska could abolish death penalty

Nebraska has taken a major step closer to doing away with the death penalty, amid controversy over lethal injection that has some US states questioning the punishment and others digging in.

US Supreme Court to take up lethal injection, gay marriage

The US Supreme Court said Thursday it will examine two of the nation`s most controversial issues -- the death penalty and gay marriage -- in back-to-back sessions late next month as they wrap up their calendar for the year.

Arizona hits back at `botched` execution claims

Arizona authorities have hit back at criticism of the execution of a double murderer who took two hours to die by lethal injection, denying the procedure was botched.

Judge refuses to postpone next US execution

A federal judge in the US state of Missouri refused Monday to postpone an execution, which would be the first since a botched lethal injection ignited a national debate.

Media in US request info on lethal injection drug

A group of US-based media outlets on Thursday launched a legal bid to obtain information about drugs due to be used in a lethal injection in Missouri next week following a botched execution in Oklahoma.

Ohio to increase lethal injection drug dosage

Ohio has said it`s boosting the dosages of its lethal injection drugs even as it stands by the January execution of an inmate who made unusual snorting and gasping sounds that led to a civil rights lawsuit by his family.

Russian demands drug injection in hostage standoff

Police arrested a man in Siberia after he stormed a hospital, took hostages and demanded a lethal injection of drugs, the interior ministry said Saturday.

US Supreme Court allows execution of Texas inmate

Marvin Wilson, 54, was sentenced to death for killing a police informant two decades ago.

Vietnam: Now lethal injection for death penalty

Vietnam will carry out the death penalty using lethal injection from July instead of a firing squad.

Drug shortage throws US executions into disarray

The shortage has already forced postponement of lethal injection executions across US.

Ohio delays executions over lethal injection doubts

The governor of Ohio granted a reprieve to two men facing execution, as his state re-examines lethal injection procedures in the wake of a botched attempt to put another inmate to death.