Executions in Saudi Arabia are usually carried out by beheading with a sword. Saudi Arabia must halt a “disturbing” rise in death penalty usage that has resulted in at least 47 state killings in the country already this year, Amnesty International urged after six more people were executed today. Five Yemeni men were beheaded and “crucified” this morning in the city of Jizan, while a Saudi Arabian man was executed in the south-western city of Abha.

Saudi Arabia has beheaded at least 19 people since the beginning of August in a surge of executions, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said. The deaths relate to the period from 4 to 20 August and are included in the 34 deaths ordered since the beginning of January. Offences that resulted in the Saudi Arabian death penalties in August ranged from drug smuggling and sorcery.

State court of criminal appeals grants Richard Glossip’s attorneys time to explore new evidence in 1997 beating death of his boss, just before 3pm execution

China may drop 9 crimes from death penalty list offenses. Photograph: Police officers stand guard in front of the Hefei City Intermediate People's Court in China's Anhui Province.

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