Nov 26, 2014

Islamic State stones two 'gay men' to death in Syria: NGO

The Islamic State group stoned two men to death in Syria Tuesday after claiming they were gay, a monitor said, in the jihadist organization’s first executions for alleged homosexuality. “The IS today stoned to death a man that it said was gay,” the Syrian ...

Jihadists advancing on key Kurdish city in Syria near Turkey

Oct 2, 2014

Jihadists advancing on key Kurdish city in Syria near Turkey

Islamic State group fighters have advanced further toward the Syrian Kurdish town of Ain al-Arab, a monitoring group warned early Thursday, as local fighters retreated from one of the area’s fronts. “The IS have advanced southeast of Kobane and on the western front, from ...

Sep 4, 2014

IS jihadists may have executed up to 700 prisoners in Iraq: HRW

Evidence indicates that militants from the Islamic State jihadist group executed more than 500 captives in Iraq earlier this year, Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday. Around 1,700 soldiers surrendered to IS in June after its fighters seized second city Mosul and swept south ...

Leader says Boko Haram is ruling Nigerian town by Islamic law

Aug 26, 2014

Leader says Boko Haram is ruling Nigerian town by Islamic law

The leader of Nigeria’s Islamist group Boko Haram said his fighters were now ruling the captured northeastern town of Gwoza “by Islamic law” in the first video to state a territorial claim in more than five years of violent insurrection. The Nigerian military denied ...

May 17, 2014

Kim's 'executed' ex appears on TV

A North Korean singer said to be leader Kim Jong Un’s ex-girlfriend and rumored to have been executed last year has appeared on state television, apparently alive and well. Hyon Song Wol, the head of a band known as Moranbong, was shown addressing a ...

Mar 21, 2014

Lay judges' moral dilemma

How does Japan's justice minister respond to a petition from 20 citizens who, as lay judges, agonized over the possibility of having to hand down a death sentence? They call for an immediate halt to capital punishment.

Texas executes 500th inmate since death penalty reinstated

Jun 28, 2013

Texas executes 500th inmate since death penalty reinstated

The state of Texas on Wednesday executed its 500th convict since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976, a record in a country where capital punishment is in decline elsewhere. Kimberly McCarthy, 52, was declared dead by lethal injection at 6:37 p.m. in the ...

Apr 26, 2013

Two Japanese inmates executed

Two inmates were hanged Friday in the second round of executions since Shinzo Abe and the Liberal Democratic Party returned to power in December. Put to death were yakuza Katsuji Hamasaki, 64, and Yoshihide Miyagi, 56, according to the Justice Ministry. They were convicted ...