Governor McAuliffe amended a bill that would allow state officials to use the electric chair if they could not locate the right drugs for an injection
His lawyers have filed an appeal to the US Supreme court
The use of the death penalty is at its highest for 25 years. And it shouldn't matter how executions are carried out: lethal injection has been described as "the chemical equivalent of burning at the stake"
The world experienced a sharp spike in executions in 2015
Kingdom faces criticism from rights groups over its use of the death penalty
The Democrat advocates the death penalty in 'limited cases' under federal jurisdiction
Ali al-Nimr, the teenage nephew of a Shia cleric executed in January, is feared to be among those to be beheaded
Two other defendants were convicted of 'corruption on earth', the most serious offence under Iran's criminal code
"For the most part, the criminalisation of homosexuality in Africa is a direct result of colonialism"
‘This is a rarest of rare case owing to the brutality inflicted on the victim. So the death penalty is justified’
Christopher Eugene Brooks is scheduled to receive the lethal injection on Thursday after murdering a woman in 1992
Adel al-Jubeir said: 'In our country the death penalty is part of our laws and you have to respect this...'
Last year, Saudi Arabia executed 158 people - the highest number in two decades
A report from death penalty analysts shows that this year there was the lowest number of executions in a half-century
Legal push will also challenge the use of controversial sedative Midazolam in executions
The 67-year-old died at the Donaldson correctional facility in Alabama on Wednesday night