Annual executions recorded worldwide fell by almost a third in 2018 to the lowest figure in more than a decade, Amnesty International says.
Some 690 people were executed in 20 countries last year, excluding China, a fall of 31% on 2017 - when 993 deaths were recorded.
Executions in Iran fell by 50% after capital punishment was abolished for some drug offences, Amnesty found.
Amnesty says thousands were probably killed in China but records are secret.
That would make it by far the leading executioner.
The next four nations are Iran, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam and Iraq. They account for about 77% of the 690.
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