Report: Global executions up 15 percent in 2013


NEW YORK (AP) — A new report says the number of reported executions around the world rose almost 15 percent in 2013, and the United States was among the five countries putting the most people to death.

The Amnesty International report released Thursday says the 778 executions it was able to count last year don't include the thousands of people put to death in China, where such information is a state secret.

The report says last year's increase is due in part to more executions in Iran and Iraq. Saudi Arabia followed them.

Amnesty says about one in 10 countries carried out executions last year. North Korea and Somalia, among others, had public executions.

The group counted more than 23,000 people on death row.

Executions in chaotic Syria and Egypt could not be confirmed.

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