Qatar drops death penalty for Filipino 'spy'

 A death sentence handed to a Filipino in Qatar for spying was reduced on appeal by a Doha court on Sunday to life imprisonment.

Saudi Arabia beheads Pakistani drug trafficker in Riyadh

Saudi Arabia on Thursday beheaded a convicted Pakistani drug trafficker, adding to what a United Nations rapporteur called a "very disturbing" surge in the kingdom`s use of the death penalty.

Nebraska becomes 19th US state to abolish death penalty

 The legislature of the US state of Nebraska has approved abolishing the death penalty there in a 30-19 vote, a sufficient majority to avert a veto attempt by Governor Pete Ricketts, Efe news agency reported.

Bangladesh to form 7 special courts to try human traffickers

Bangladesh on Wednesday decided to form seven special courts to try human traffickers who can be given a maximum of death penalty as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina promised stern action against slave traders as well as illegal migrants "tainting the country's image".

Nebraska votes to abolish death penalty

Nebraska lawmakers have voted to abolish the death penalty, passing a bill to replace capital punishment with life in prison by a majority large enough to override a threatened veto by the state's governor.

Egypt`s Morsi faces death penalty in spy, jailbreak trials

Egypt`s ousted president Mohamed Morsi, already jailed for 20 years for inciting violence against protesters, faces the death penalty Saturday for espionage and jailbreak nearly two years after his overthrow.

Hungary can restore death penalty only if it leaves EU: Barroso

Hungary could bring in the death penalty but only if it leaves the EU, former European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso has said in response to calls by Hungarian premier Viktor Orban for debate on its restoration.

SC affirms death to duo for murder, rape of Pune BPO employee

The Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence to a cab driver and his male friend for raping and murdering a 22-year-old BPO employee in Pune in 2007.

Indonesian leader insists death penalty `positive` for country

 Indonesian President Joko Widodo insisted Saturday that the death penalty was "positive" for his country after the execution of seven foreign drug convicts by firing squad last month.

Man gets death sentence for wife's murder

A district and sessions court in Madhya Pradesh has awarded capital punishment to a man for murdering his wife in a brutal way.

Hungary`s Orban wants free rein on death penalty

 Hungarian Prime Minster Viktor Orban raised again on Friday the thorny topic of the death penalty in the European Union, saying member states should be able to decide on the issue themselves.

Jackie Chan becomes Singapore's first celebrity anti-drug ambassador
Jackie Chan becomes Singapore's first celebrity anti-drug ambassador

Internationally renowned star Jackie Chan has hit the headlines for extending his support to anti-drug campaign, thereby becoming Singapore's first anti-drug celebrity. Incidentally, Jackie's son Jaycee Chan was recently in news for drug abuse.

Australian man could face death penalty in China drug trial

An Australian man faced a possible death sentence on Thursday on charges of attempting to smuggle millions of dollars worth of drugs out of China. 

EU warns Hungary`s Orban of a `fight` if he pushes for death penalty

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker on Thursday warned Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban of a "fight" if he pushes for reintroducing the death penalty in his EU country.

Pakistan executes another death-row prisoner

 Pakistan on Wednesday hanged another prisoner in Punjab province convicted for raping and murdering an eight-year-old girl, taking to 101 the number of executions since the country reversed the self-imposed moratorium on the death penalty in December.

Guinea prosecutor demands death penalty over Ebola murders

 A prosecutor called Monday for the death penalty for 15 people accused of the murders of a nine-member Ebola education team in southern Guinea, judicial sources said.

FBI admits forensic lab 'errors' against criminal suspects

The FBI today admitted "errors" spanning several years in evidence provided in court by its forensic lab to help secure criminal convictions, including in death penalty cases.

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.

December 16 gang-rape: HC seeks reply from BBC, documentary maker

The Delhi High Court on Friday sought reply from BBC and the British director of the controversial documentary on December 16 gang-rape case on a plea seeking their prosecution for interviewing one of the convicts who made derogatory statement against women.

Bangladesh's Jamaat calls strike after leader's death penalty upheld

Bangladesh`s Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) party on Monday called for a two-day strike after a court upheld its previous verdict on its leader Muhammad Kamaruzzaman, rejecting his petition to review his death sentence.