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Solana Plains (R) escorts a distraught Elijah West, cousin of Troy Davis

Solana Plains (R) escorts a distraught Elijah West, cousin of Troy Davis, out of the Towaliga County Line Baptist Church that is across from the Jackson State Prison for the planned execution of inmate Troy Davis on September 21, 2011 in Jackson, Georgia. (Photo by Jessica McGowan/Getty Images)
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22 Sep 2011 12:15:00
Wax figures with torture instrument named “torture-rack” are seen on October 25, 2014 in Huai'an, Jiangsu province of China. The exhibition, which opened last year at an educational center in the eastern city of Huai'an, includes reenactments of prisoners being hung over a fire, flayed and being tortured on what is known as a “Tiger Bench” – pictured above – a Qing dynasty (1644-1912) device that contorted victims' legs and arms in high pressure positions that could break bones or tear apart joints. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress)

Organizers of an exhibition of ancient instruments of torture in Huai'an, Jiangsu province, have suggested that children, heart disease patients and people with high blood pressure stay away because of the vivid depictions of shocking cruelty. The exhibition has more than 200 instruments of torture on display in the 50,000-square-meter exhibition halls of a restored ancient building. Wax figures, along with sound and light techniques, are incorporated for scary effect. The local government said the exhibition is for tourists and historians to research ancient torture practices. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress)
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29 Oct 2014 12:22:00


Two guards perform an execution in China, one holding the gun, the other holding a mask over the victim's face. (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images). Circa 1925
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23 Jun 2011 10:43:00
Participants of the “Torture Ships” walk to the pier where the Ship of lacquer and leather will undock with hundreds watching in Friedrichshafen, Germany on June 23, 2018. (Photo by Felix Kästle/DPA)

Participants of the “Torture Ships” walk to the pier where the Ship of lacquer and leather will undock with hundreds watching in Friedrichshafen, Germany on June 23, 2018. (Photo by Felix Kästle/DPA)
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26 Jun 2018 10:00:00
A girl carries a picture of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, who was executed along with others in Saudi Arabia, during a protest against the execution in front of the United Nation's building in Beirut, Lebanon January 3, 2016.  Sign reads, "The martyr scholar Nimr al-Nimr". (Photo by Hasan Shaaban/Reuters)

A girl carries a picture of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, who was executed along with others in Saudi Arabia, during a protest against the execution in front of the United Nation's building in Beirut, Lebanon January 3, 2016. Sign reads, “The martyr scholar Nimr al-Nimr”. (Photo by Hasan Shaaban/Reuters)
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05 Jan 2016 08:00:00
Balal, who killed Iranian youth Abdolah Hosseinzadeh in a street fight with a knife in 2007, is brought to the gallows during his execution ceremony in the northern city of Nowshahr on April 15, 2014. The mother of  Abdolah Hosseinzadeh spared the life of the her son's convicted murderer, with an emotional slap in the face as he awaited execution prior to removing the noose around his neck. (Photo by Araash Khamooshi/AFP Photo/ISNA)

Balal, who killed Iranian youth Abdolah Hosseinzadeh in a street fight with a knife in 2007, is brought to the gallows during his execution ceremony in the northern city of Nowshahr on April 15, 2014. The mother of Abdolah Hosseinzadeh spared the life of the her son's convicted murderer, with an emotional slap in the face as he awaited execution prior to removing the noose around his neck. (Photo by Araash Khamooshi/AFP Photo/ISNA)
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18 Apr 2014 08:13:00
A Kashmiri villager shouts freedom slogans during the funeral procession of Asadullaha Kumar in Mandhaal village, some 70 Kilometers south of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Saturday, December 3, 2016. Hundreds of angry villagers blocked the Srinagar-Jammu highway for hours alleging Kumar was tortured and then shot by Indian forces while he was performing his duty as a security guard at a government fishery. Police officers denied the allegation and said he was killed in cross-firing during an overnight counter-insurgency operation in south Kashmir. (Photo by Dar Yasin/AP Photo)

A Kashmiri villager shouts freedom slogans during the funeral procession of Asadullaha Kumar in Mandhaal village, some 70 Kilometers south of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Saturday, December 3, 2016. Hundreds of angry villagers blocked the Srinagar-Jammu highway for hours alleging Kumar was tortured and then shot by Indian forces while he was performing his duty as a security guard at a government fishery. Police officers denied the allegation and said he was killed in cross-firing during an overnight counter-insurgency operation in south Kashmir. (Photo by Dar Yasin/AP Photo)
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05 Dec 2016 12:00:00
Promotional models use their smartphones during their break at the Global Mobile Internet Conference in Beijing May 6, 2014. Mobile Internet industry executives, developers and investors from more than 30 countries took part in the Global Mobile Internet Conference in Beijing, the organiser said. (Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

Promotional models use their smartphones during their break at the Global Mobile Internet Conference in Beijing May 6, 2014. Mobile Internet industry executives, developers and investors from more than 30 countries took part in the Global Mobile Internet Conference in Beijing, the organiser said. (Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)
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10 May 2014 14:12:00