A man who has maintained his innocence and whose lawyers have argued the state ignored key evidence that would exonerate him is scheduled to be put to death in Texas on Wednesday for the kidnapping, rape and murder of a 19-year-old college student.
The execution of the six Aum Shinrikyo members, years after they were put on death row, draws a line under the horrific attack which shocked the world.
Florida executed a man convicted of the 1993 rape and murder of a college student, while Alabama halted its planned execution of a convicted murderer.
Japan Tuesday executed two convicted murderers, including one who committed his crime while in his teens, the justice ministry said, ignoring calls from international rights groups to end capital punishment.
Saudi Arabia plans to execute 14 citizens, after a trial linked to political protests, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday.
The UN's top court will hold an emergency hearing on Monday as India seeks to stop Pakistan from executing an Indian national accused of spying.
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has taken action at India's request to halt the execution of an ex-naval officer convicted in Pakistan of espionage, officials in New Delhi said on Wednesday.