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Rwanda military intelligence tortures detainees, Amnesty report says

Human rights groups say opposition politicians, journalists and civil society activists in Rwanda have been subjected to growing crackdowns.

Gambia executes 9 after vowing to kill all death row prisoners

Dozens more inmates "are under threat of imminent executions today and in the coming days," Amnesty International said.

Chatter: More crimes against humanity alleged in Syria

Amnesty International claims it has more evidence of crimes against humanity in Syria, Aung San Suu Kyi makes her first speech in Europe in 24 years, and Britain has a real-life Rip Van Winkle.
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Amnesty International claims it has more evidence of crimes against humanity in Syria, Aung San Suu Kyi makes her first speech in Europe in 24 years, and Britain has a real-life Rip Van Winkle.
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Amnesty International campaigns globally to bring an end to capital punishment. (LAURENT FIEVET/AFP/Getty Images)

Among the invaluable activities of Amnesty International is the compilation of an annual report on capital punishment. The 2011 edition was published today and it makes for interesting reading.

The bad news: there was a more than 10 percent increase in the number of judicial killings worldwide. In 2011, 676 executions took place as opposed to 527 in 2010.

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