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Indian court sentences three to death for fatal gang-rape

An Indian court on Wednesday sentenced three men to death for abducting and raping a 19-year-old woman whose mutilated body was found days later, reports said. The court in New Delhi said the three men, all aged in their 20s, should receive the harshest sentence for the 2012 attack because their crimes fell into the "rarest of rare" category under Indian law. "Death to all three," presiding judge Virender Bhat was quoted by the Press Trust of India (PTI) news agency as saying.

Pakistani couple stoned to death for adultery; six arrested

By Gul Yousafzai QUETTA, Pakistan (Reuters) - A couple were stoned to death for adultery in a remote area of Pakistan's western Baluchistan province, an official said Monday, leading to six men being held on suspicion of murder. The couple, both married to other people, were believed to be in their 30s, said Sarfaraz Bugti, the home minister for Baluchistan.

Pakistani couple stoned to death for adultery; six arrested

By Gul Yousafzai QUETTA, Pakistan (Reuters) - A couple were stoned to death for adultery in a remote area of Pakistan's western Baluchistan province, an official said Monday, leading to six men being held on suspicion of murder. The couple, both married to other people, were believed to be in their 30s, said Sarfaraz Bugti, the home minister for Baluchistan.

Washington state governor declares death penalty moratorium

By Jonathan Kaminsky OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) - Washington state Governor Jay Inslee declared a moratorium on Tuesday on carrying out the death penalty in his Pacific Northwest state, citing concerns about unequal application of justice in determining who is executed. The action marked a victory for opponents of capital punishment who have seen a growing number of U.S. states take steps in recent years to end executions, either by legislation or through suspensions issued by governors or the courts.

Texas executes woman who killed mentally disabled man

Texas performed a rare execution of a woman Wednesday, putting to death a prisoner convicted of the brutal murder of a mentally disabled man 15 years ago. Suzanne Basso, 59, was only the 14th woman to be put to death in the United States in more than three decades, after losing a last-ditch appeal to the US Supreme Court. She was pronounced dead at 6:26 pm (0026 GMT Thursday) at Huntsville Prison, 11 minutes after lethal drugs flowed into her veins, a prison spokeswoman told AFP.

Texas executes woman who killed mentally disabled man

Texas performed a rare execution of a woman Wednesday, putting to death a prisoner convicted of the brutal murder of a mentally disabled man 15 years ago. Suzanne Basso, 59, was only the 14th woman to be put to death in the United States in more than three decades, after losing a last-ditch appeal to the US Supreme Court. She was pronounced dead at 6:26 pm (0026 GMT Thursday) at Huntsville Prison, 11 minutes after lethal drugs flowed into her veins, a prison spokeswoman told AFP.

Children in Syria suffer unspeakable abuses in war

Children enduring the war in Syria have suffered terrible abuses, with the government and allied militia responsible for many killings, maiming and torture, according to a grim UN report. Rebels have also recruited youngsters as soldiers and used terror tactics in civilian areas, according to the UN's first report on this area of the conflict that was released to the Security Council on Tuesday.

Death penalty decision looms for Boston bomb suspect

By Richard Valdmanis BOSTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department will decide this week whether to seek the death penalty for suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, accused of setting off two pressure-cooker bombs at the finish line of the world-renowned race. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that he would announce his decision before a Friday deadline set by a U.S. District Court Judge in Boston.

Men flee India gang-rape village as outrage intensifies

Male residents fled an Indian village Friday after the alleged gang-rape of a young woman on the orders of tribal elders as police told of how locals tried to prevent her from reporting her ordeal. A total of 13 men have been arrested over the assault on the 20-year-old which was allegedly as punishment for "dishonouring" her community, a scattering of mud huts set amid palm trees and fields of rice and mustard.

Tribal elders in India order gang-rape of woman

Indian police have arrested 13 people after a woman was allegedly gang-raped on orders from tribal village elders who objected to her relationship with a man, an officer said Thursday. The attack took place Tuesday in a remote village in West Bengal state, where the unmarried woman from the Santhal tribal group was suspected of a relationship with a Muslim man from another village.
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