(1) Lebanon: For the first time since 1998 Lebanon has killed someone (actually three someones) for a crime.
"The restoration of capital punishment, after a suspension which has lasted almost six years, is proof of failure on the part of the state," Nasser Saghiyeh, a leader of Human Dignity, which groups four non-governmental organisations, told AFP.(2) Manchester, England: A doctor killed 215 people before he was caught.
"The president of the republic is placing the responsibility on the legal system, the prime minister on his colleague at the justice ministry, and both of them are saying it's the president who has the final say," Saghiyeh said.
"But in fact each one of them has the power to withhold approval."
(3) Singapore: The government is not happy with an Amnesty International report. Here's a fact I didn't know:
Between 1994 and 1999, the rate of execution in Singapore was 13.57 per million population — far higher than second-placed Saudi Arabia (4.65), Belarus (3.20) or China (2.01).(4) Samoa: The death penalty looks like it's on its way out.
(5) Nigeria: A call for the end of the death penalty because it is being abused.