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    The death penalty in 2012

    Two death row inmates were executed Tuesday in Florida and Texas, the states that hold the record this year for executions in the US, penal authorities said. Barring a stay of execution, both states are scheduled to carry out another execution on December 3. Despite a global trend towards abolishing the death penalty, hundreds of executions still take place each year. China led the top five of nations using the death penalty in 2012, followed by Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the US.VIDEOGRAPHIC