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China executes temple axe killer
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The authorities in north-western China have executed a farmer convicted of killing 10 people in an axe attack in a temple in Shaanxi province in July.

Earlier, the provincial high court rejected an appeal for a psychiatric examination of the man, Qiu Xinghua.

They said there was no evidence he suffered from a mental illness.

The murders were carried out at a Taoist temple in the city of Ankang. Some of the victims were dismembered, including the temple's abbot.

Qiu had accused the abbot of flirting with his wife.

The victims - the abbot, five temple staff and four pilgrims - were aged between 12 and 62. Nine were male and one female.

The court rejected testimony put forward by his lawyers that many of Qiu's family members were mentally ill.

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