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UN body expresses concern over executions in Egypt

Feb. 22, 2019 6:56 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A U.N. human rights body has expressed concerns about a recent spike of executions in Egypt, following several death sentences handed down amid allegations of the use of torture to extract confessions. Rupert Colville, the spokesman for the U.N. Human Rights Office, told reporters in Geneva on...

EU states mixed on Trump demand to take back IS fighters

Feb. 18, 2019 6:30 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump's demand that European countries take back their citizens fighting in Syria received a mixed reaction Monday, as nations voiced concerns about how to bring home-grown Islamic State extremists to trial. The question of such foreign fighters has been a conundrum...

Rights group says Egypt executed 6 Islamists in 2 weeks

Feb. 13, 2019 11:52 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — An international rights group says Egypt has executed three Muslim Brotherhood members sentenced to death following torture and beatings to extract confessions. Wednesday's statement from Amnesty International says the executions brought the total number of Islamists executed in Egypt to six...

Sri Lanka recruiting 2 hangmen before resuming death penalty

Feb. 13, 2019 2:48 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan prison authorities are recruiting two hangmen after the president pledged to end a 43-year moratorium on capital punishment and execute condemned drug traffickers amid alarm over drug-related crime in this Indian Ocean island nation. Interviews of the candidates will be...

Appeals court blocks Alabama execution of Muslim inmate

Feb. 6, 2019 11:31 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday blocked the planned execution of an Alabama inmate to consider whether the state was violating the Muslim inmate's rights by not allowing an imam to replace a Christian prison chaplain in the death chamber. The 11th U.S Circuit Court of Appeals...

Sri Lanka leader asks rights groups not to oppose executions

Feb. 6, 2019 11:20 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's president urged human rights groups on Wednesday not to interfere with his plans to end a 43-year moratorium on capital punishment. Maithripala Sirisena told Parliament that executions will resume in the next two months. He said many larger nations carry out executions...

Alabama: Inmate can be executed without chaplain present

Jan. 31, 2019 8:32 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama on Thursday said a Christian prison chaplain does not have to be present during next week's execution of a Muslim inmate who has accused the state of being unwilling to accommodate his religious beliefs in his final moments. Lawyers with the Alabama attorney general's office...

Last of Arkansas execution drugs expire, law fix sought

Jan. 31, 2019 5:31 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The last of Arkansas' lethal injection drugs expired on Thursday, and legislators in the coming weeks are expected to consider changes to state law that officials say they hope will allow them to resume executions nearly two years after the state put four men to death over an...

Sheriff: Suspect confesses to killing 5 with dad's gun

Jan. 29, 2019 3:55 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A young man from Louisiana has confessed to killing his parents, his girlfriend, and two of her family members who had taken him in after he was kicked out of his house, authorities said Tuesday. Dakota Theriot, 21, told authorities he used a gun he stole from his father, Livingston...

The Latest: Pakistani radicals slam blasphemy case acquittal

Jan. 29, 2019 8:21 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Latest on developments in Pakistan surrounding the case of Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy (all times local): 6:10 p.m. A top leader of a radical Islamist party in Pakistan, which had long campaigned for the execution of Aasia Bibi, a Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy, is...