Lawsuits on the constitutionality of lethal injection have trapped Tennessee, US, inmates in perpetual limbo.
Terrorism has fuelled a sharp increase in the number of death sentences imposed on the continent in 2014, reports Amnesty International.
Frustration leads some people to long for the death sentence, but capital punishment would do nothing against the causes of crime.
Is the media's reporting on events such as the Diepsloot deaths with a rush to classify the potential culprits as foreigners feeding xenophobia?
Amnesty International says it fears Zimbabwe will resume executions after prison officials were quoted saying they have found a new hangman.
Iran has executed 10 drug traffickers in a prison in Tehran, says a statement on the website of the prosecutor's office.
Rights groups urged South Sudan on Monday to put a moratorium on the country's executions because of flaws in its legal system.
The Constitutional Court has ruled that SA may not extradite foreign nationals suspected of crimes that may lead to them to face the death penalty.
At a questioning session in Parliament, President Jacob Zuma would not commit to making public the outcome of the arms deal investigation.
At the opening of the revived Gallows Memorial at the Pretoria Central Prison, President Jacob Zuma said the death penalty would not reduce crime.
We will never know if Troy Davis was innocent, but what I know is the US authorities have executed a different man from the one convicted in 1989.
The US state of Georgia executed convicted murderer Troy Davis on Wednesday in a case that drew international attention.
As a teenager, Babul Miah was sent to prison for a murder he says he never committed but the promise of an early release turned him into a hangman.
Texas on Tuesday put to death a man convicted of a 2001 rape and murder by using a sedative that has often served to euthanise animals.
China executed on Wednesday three Filipinos convicted of drug trafficking despite a flurry of public appeals for clemency.
Global use of the death penalty continues to decline even though China, Iran, North Korea, Yemen, the US and Saudi Arabia still execute thousands.
Illinois was poised to become the first US state since 2009 to abolish the death penalty after the state senate approved the ban on Tuesday.
Rights group Amnesty International called on the United States on Friday to set an example to other nations by abolishing the death penalty.