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Rights Groups: Saudi Death Penalty Rate Surges

Human Rights groups say there has been a surge of executions in Saudi Arabia. Usually carried out by public beheadings, some analysts say the increase could be a show of force by Saudi authorities as they seek to keep a regional security crisis outside their borders.  Wednesday, Saudi Arabia executed its 89th prisoner this year, roughly the number killed in all of 2014. Human Rights Watch Middle East researcher Adam Coogle said officials have given no reason for the...

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