• Pakistan executes 8 convicted murderers

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    MULTAN, Pakistan: Pakistan hanged eight more convicted murderers Tuesday, a day ahead of the one-year anniversary of an extremist attack that prompted authorities to lift a six-year moratorium on the death penalty. Pakistan reinstated executions last year as part of a crackdown on extremism after Taliban attackers gunned down more than 150 people, most of them children, at an army-run school in the restive northwest on December 16, 2014. The latest executions took place in various locations in Punjab province. Hangings were initially reinstated only for those convicted of terrorism, but in March they were extended to all capital offenses.

    AFP

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