The Washington Times - January 15, 2008, 05:51AM
Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia beheads man for murder\ \ RIYADH (AFP) — A Saudi man convicted of murder was beheaded by the sword on Monday in the northern city of Hail, the interior ministry said.\ \ \ Abdullah bin Mashari was executed for shooting dead Mansour al Kharir following an argument caused by “family differences”, the ministry said in a statement carried by the official SPA news agency.\ \ \ It was the third execution announced in Saudi Arabia this year, after a record 153 people were put to death in 2007. That figure compared with 37 beheaded in 2006, and the previous record number of 113 executions in 2000.\ \ \ Rape, murder, apostasy, armed robbery and drug trafficking can all carry the death penalty in the ultra-conservative Gulf country, where executions are usually carried out in public.

— Jon Ward, White House correspondent, The Washington Times