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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.


Opinion: Saving more than 3,000 lives — Only the US can do it

These civilians are Iranian dissidents, many of whose family members and colleagues were murdered by the Iranian government. The United States solemnly pledged to protect them. Despite that promise, dozens of them have been murdered by Iraqis acting at the behest of the Iranian government.

Dozens killed and injured in attacks across Iraq

Thursday’s attacks unfolded over a two-and-a-half-hour period, and mainly targeted security forces and checkpoints in predominantly Shia areas.

Iraq car bomb: 20 police recruits killed

The bombing broke the relative calm of February, after Iraq experienced a very deadly January, with 500 deaths.

Iraq detains foreign contractors

The Iraqi government has not renewed many authorizations for foreign contractors, causing detentions at checkpoints and airports.

Insurgents storm Iraqi police compound

As many as eight insurgents attacked a compound in an area once considered an Al Qaeda stronghold.

Baghdad: Two car bombs kill at least 16, targeting Shiites

Both bombs, one set off at night, seemed to have targeted Shiites. The bombs appear to be a part of the latest wave of violence in Iraq targeting Shiites and killing more than 90 people in a week.

Iraq: bombs kill at least 72

A day of bombings raises fears that sectarian violence will once again engulf Iraq, a month after the last US troops left the country.

Obama announces full troop withdrawal from Iraq

President Barack Obama announced Friday that the U.S. will withdraw all of its troops from Iraq by the end of the year.

UPDATE: Turkish military kill 49 Kurdish rebels in large offensive

Turkish President Abdullah Gül descibed the military offensive as retribution to the PKK-led attack that left at least 24 Turkish soldiers dead
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