North Korea officials executed for watching South Korean TV soaps?
North Korea officials executed for watching South Korean TV soaps?

In another bizarre report from the Hermit Kingdom, members of North Korea's Workers' Party were executed for secretly watching South Korean television broadcasts.

Saudi beheaded for murder as Amnesty urges halt to executions

A Saudi national convicted of murder was decapitated by the sword in the southwest of the Gulf kingdom on Tuesday, the interior ministry said.

UN rights chief denounces `cold-blooded` Iraq executions

Geneva: UN human rights chief Navi Pillay today condemned a series of `cold-blooded` killings of Iraqi soldiers and religious leaders by Sunni militants, saying it amounted to war crimes.

Iraq executes two despite international outcry

Iraq executed two people convicted on anti-terror charges on Monday, the justice ministry said, despite international condemnation of Baghdad`s use of the death penalty and criticism of the country`s judicial system.

Saudi beheads Pakistanis in year`s first executions

Saudi authorities beheaded today two Pakistanis for drug smuggling in the ultra-conservative kingdom`s first executions of the year, the interior ministry said.

Nawaz Sharif orders immediate halt to executions in Pakistan

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday ordered an immediate halt to the carrying out of death sentences till he has discussed the matter with President Asif Ali Zardari, an official spokesman said.

Iraq executes 21 in one day on `terror` charges

Iraq put 21 men to death on Tuesday, a senior justice ministry official told AFP, the latest in a series of mass executions that have drawn international condemnation.

Rights group accuses Libya militias of executions

Libyan rebels appear to have executed scores of fighters loyal to Muammar Gaddafi, a human rights group said.

UN experts ask Iran to stop executions

Three top UN human rights experts have appealed to Iran to declare a moratorium on the death penalty.

Iran executed 670 in 2011, says UN investigator

Iran executed some 670 people last year, most of them for drug crimes that do not merit capital punishment under international law and more than 20 for offences against Islam.

Activists allege execution-style killings in Syria

Syrian activists accused regime forces of carrying out execution-style killings and burning homes.

UN criticises sharp rise in Saudi executions

A spokesman for UN`s High Commissioner for Human Rights says number of executions jumped from 29 in 2010 to at least 70 last year.

Japan has year without executions

Its the first year in nearly two decades the country has not carried
out a single death sentence.

China - The global leader in ‘executions’

According to an Amnesty report, China executed more people than the rest of the world combined in 2010.

At least 835 await execution in Iraqi prisons

More than 800 people in Iraq are on death row awaiting execution, said Iraqi Interior Minister Jawad al-Bolani.

Vietnam to end use of firing squads for executions

Lawmakers voted to end firing squad executions in Vietnam and instead use lethal injections.

China executes 2 for role in tainted milk scandal

China on Tuesday executed two people for their roles in a tainted milk powder scandal in which at least six children died and more than 300,000 became sick.

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.

Japan may see lull in death penalty executions in new cabinet

With the inauguration of the Democratic Party of Japan-led govt, there could be a lull in executions of death-row inmates at least for the time being in Japan, which in recent years has accelerated hangings under LDP-led govts.