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Pope Benedict has given encouragement to those seeking the abolition of the death penalty worldwide, at a meeting of the Sant'Egidio Community.
Saudi Arabia must halt the use of the death penalty, Amnesty says, following a large increase in executions in the country in the last six weeks.
Amnesty International has urged all states that retain the death penalty to establish an immediate moratorium on executions as first step towards abolition.
Human rights groups are calling on Iran to immediately halt the imminent execution of Shahla Jahed, the temporary wife of a prominent Iranian footballer.
76-year-old Alan Shadrake has been sentenced to jail in Singapore for a book which criticises the country's judiciary over the death penalty.
The Iranian authorities are continuing to rebuff an international campaign for clemency towards a woman threatened with execution.
The Vatican has spoken out against the death sentence handed down to Iraqi deputy prime minister Tariq Aziz yesterday.
Human rights groups have called on the Guatemalan congress to abolish the death penalty instead of merely regulating it.
Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani's sentence of death by stoning has been suspended, but Amnesty International insist that it must be scrapped altogether.
Georgia death-row inmate Troy Anthony Davis is back on track for execution, despite doubts about his guilt raised during a June evidentiary hearing.