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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.

WANTED: Cold-eyed killers for the world's most bloodthirsty job

Wanted: Recruits for the world's most bloodthirsty job... Saudis advertise for EIGHT new executioners - and beginners are welcome So far 89 people have been beheaded in public in Saudi Arabia this year Such is appetite for capital punishment, country needs new executioners Each will be given a traditional sword and train by beheading live sheep.

Saudi Arabia: at least 19 people beheaded since beginning of August

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.

Appeals court halts Oklahoma man’s execution amid new doubts over guilt

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

Secrecy Behind Executions

On a recent Thursday, the staff at Sunny Vista Living Center in Colorado Springs bustled in the kitchen. The phone rang with a last minute order as Chris Willard tended to a large pot of Thai-style soup with fresh ginger, vegetables and thin-sliced beef.

China May Drop 9 Crimes From List Of Death Penalty Offenses

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.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has signed a law authorizing the use of firing squads to carry out death penalty sentences if officials cannot acquire lethal injection drugs.