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Iran Botches Man's Hanging, Plans a Do-Over

If at first you don't succeed...

(Newser) - On the laundry list of public despair over government's inability to do anything right, "executing criminals" doesn't usually get a mention—particularly in Iran, which is more than a little practiced at capital punishment . But the Guardian presents the case of Alireza, a 37-year-old drug smuggler sentenced... More »

Karzai Calls for Arrest of Taliban in Public Execution

Officials don't think executed woman actually committed adultery

(Newser) - A video of a woman being publicly executed , supposedly for adultery, sparked outrage in Afghanistan—and now President Hamid Karzai has ordered the arrest of the Taliban involved. Officials actually believe the woman was killed—shot nine times as a throng of people cheered—because two Taliban commanders both had... More »

Taliban Execution Video Sparks Outrage

Hillary Clinton: Nation can't prosper 'if half the population is not empowered'

(Newser) - Afghan officials and human rights campaigners are expressing their outrage over a video of Taliban militants executing a woman for adultery, Sky News reports. The footage, shot last month in Qol village near Kabul, shows a 22-year-old woman in a shawl waiting while a bearded man reads Koran verses about... More »

Taliban Publicly Stones Couple Over Affair

Crowd of about 100 killed adulterers

(Newser) - The Taliban had a couple publicly executed by stoning in Afghanistan yesterday, because “they had an affair,” the governor of the Imam Sahib district tells the Daily Telegraph . About 100 people, many of them Taliban insurgents, gathered to hurl rocks at the couple, who were forced to stand,... More »

Iran Hangs 3 for Mosque Blast

(Newser) - Iran publicly hanged three men today in connection with the bombing of a Shi’ite mosque last week that killed at least 30, Reuters reports. Responsibility for the blast has reportedly been claimed by the Sunni militant group Jundollah, which Iran says is part of the al Qaeda network and... More »

Afghans Bust Schoolgirl Acid Attackers

Assault was 'work of the Taliban': minister

(Newser) - Afghan officials have nabbed 10 Taliban militants accused of throwing acid in the faces of eight schoolgirls and four female teachers, Reuters reports. President Hamid Karzai called for their arrest and said the group would be publicly executed. “The attack was the work of the Taliban and we have... More »

Iran Executes 30 in Past Month

(Newser) - Iran executed up to 30 people in the past month, mostly in public hangings, in a nationwide crackdown on murderers, sex offenders, drug traffickers, and other threats to "social security," reports the Observer. Human rights advocates say the sweep, also advertised as countering an alleged surge in US-backed... More »

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