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Amnesty protests 'staggering execution spree' in Iran

Amnesty International on Thursday protested at what it called a "staggering execution spree" in Iran so far this year that has seen almost 700 people put to death.

"Iranian authorities are believed to have executed an astonishing 694 people between 1 January and 15 July, 2015," said the London-based rights group, in what it termed an unprecedented spike.

"At this shocking pace, Iran is set to surpass the total number of executions in the country" recorded by Amnesty for the whole of 2014.

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