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China Considers Abolishing Death Penalty For 9 Crimes

China is considering removing nine crimes from its list of offenses punishable by death. The official Xinhua news agency said Monday a draft amendment to reduce the scope of capital punishment has been submitted to the National People's Congress. Currently 55 offenses are eligible for the death penalty. Crimes that would be exempt from capital punishment under the amendment include smuggling weapons, ammunition or nuclear materials; counterfeiting currency; and raising funds by...

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