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Sierra Leone parliament votes to abolish death penalty

Sierra Leone's parliament voted unanimously on Friday to repeal the death penalty more than two decades after the West African country carried out its...

Egyptian court recommends death penalty for 30 over assassination of prosecutor

A Cairo criminal court on Saturday recommended the death penalty for 30 people convicted of involvement in the 2015 assassination of Egypt's...

Executions hit highest level in 25 years in 2015 – Amnesty

There were more executions worldwide in 2015 than in any year since 1990 and almost 90 percent occurred in three countries -...

Yemen court sentences six Somali pirates to death

A court in Yemen sentenced six Somali pirates to death for hijacking a Yemeni oil tanker in April 2009, killing one Yemeni...

Death penalty opponents see African countries abolish trend

An increasing number of countries are abolishing the death penalty and even the most active users of capital punishment are taking steps...

Prosecutor seeks death penalty in Egypt plot trial

Prosecutors sought the death penalty yesterday in the trial of 26 men suspected of planning attacks in Egypt and said a foreign...

Sudan sentences two to death over Darfur rebel raid

A Sudanese court sentenced two men to death yesterday for their part in a surprise attack on Khartoum by rebels from western...

Congo court upholds death penalty for Norwegians

A Congolese military appeal court yesterday upheld death sentences against two Norwegians convicted of murder and espionage and ordered them and their...