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The General Secretary of the World Council of Churches has assured the people of Sandy Hook and Newtown of global prayers and concern for them.
Grassroots civic and faith groups, relatives of victims, and activists are joining mayors and other politicians to press US President Obama for effective gun controls.
The President of the National Council of Churches USA has expressed "shock and the profoundest grief" over the deaths in the mass shooting in Newtown.
Journalist and human rights defender Anna Politkovskaya, known for her critical reports from Chechnya, was gunned down in back in 2006.
The execution of a man involved in the 2008 Mumbai attacks undoes much of the progress India has made over the death penalty, Amnesty International says.
Pakistan’s first execution in four years has been condemned by human rights and anti-death penalty groups, as thousands remain on death row.
Prison authorities in South Dakota are refusing to release information on contaminated drugs made to order for an execution tonight (30 October).
Drugs from a compounding pharmacy have been used to execute a prisoner in Dakota in a potentially botched lethal injection, it has emerged.
Patients prescribed drugs tested on animals should be given exact details, including any suffering caused, say leading animal ethicists.
Health care company Fresenius Kabi has put in place a system of distribution controls to prevent its product from being used off-label for executions by lethal injection.