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Australian writer Yang Hengjun wishes Happy New Year to his Twitter followers at an unidentified location in this still image from an undated video obtained via social media. CREDIT: Twitter @YANGHENGJUN via REUTERS

A Chinese-Australian author and former diplomat could face the death penalty in China over spying charges

Australian officials have labelled the arrest politically motivated and have called for Yang Hengjun's release.
Democratic presidential hopeful US Representative for Hawaii's 2nd congressional district Tulsi Gabbard delivers her opening statement during the second round of the second Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season hosted by CNN at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, Michigan on July 31, 2019

‘You owe them an apology’: Tulsi Gabbard ripped into Kamala Harris at the Democratic debate over her controversial record on criminal just...

"When you were in a position to make a difference and an impact in these people's lives, you did not," Gabbard told Harris at the Democratic debate.

Utah authorities used the suspect’s cellphone records to find the body of a missing college student in a remote canyon 80 miles north of Salt La...

Authorities found "disturbed" soil under a grove of trees, where they found Lueck's body, with her arms tied behind her back and a hole in her skull.
Saudi Arabia wants to execute Murtaja Qureiris, seen here when he was 10 years old.

Saudi Arabia is trying to execute an 18-year-old who has been in prison for years over a protest on his bicycle when he was 10

Murtaja Qureiris has been detained since 2014. He's accused of staging multiple protests against the kingdom and of leading a terror group.

Saudi Arabia crucifies a prisoner and executes 36 others in largest mass killing in over 3 years

Rights groups have expressed concern after Saudi Arabia carried out mass executions of 37 prisoners on charges it says are related to terrorism.

Likely 2020 presidential contender Pete Buttigieg explains why he once said ‘all lives matter’

South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg also said ending the death penalty should be part of criminal justice reform.

After months of promising to abolish the death penalty, Malaysia’s government now makes U-turn

A group of lawyers said the backtracking of the abolition was "shocking, unprincipled and embarrassing".

Striking images show California law-enforcement officers dismantling San Quentin death penalty chamber after Gov. Gavin Newsom’s order suspendin...

One image shows a sign up on the door of the now-defunct gas chamber saying that it was closed due to Gov. Gavin Newsom's executive order.
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) (L) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) leave the Senate Chamber following a vote in the US Capitol.

2020 Democrats Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, and Bernie Sanders applaud California’s governor for freezing the death penalty in his state

Democratic presidential candidates are lauding California Governor Gavin Newsom's decision to impose a moratorium on executions in his state.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected to use executive action on the death penalty in a state where more than 730 inmates are on death row

If California eliminated the death penalty, it will join 20 states and Washington, DC to abolish the practice.