In Pakistan, a man charged as a child with murder and due to be hanged this week has been given a reprieve.
Shafqat Hussain was scheduled to be executed early on March 19 in the port city of Karachi for the 2004 killing of a seven-year-old.
His family and lawyers say he was 14 years old at the time of the crime and allege his confession was extracted through torture.
After a public outcry and condemnation from human rights groups, officials stayed his execution late on March 18 although it is not clear for how long.
Hussain's case is the most high-profile execution case following a government decision to lift Pakistan's moratorium on the death penalty.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ended the moratorium for terrorism-related cases in December, following a Pakistani Taliban attack on a school that killed more than 150 people, and it has since been lifted entirely.
Based on reporting by AP, Reuters, and dpa