Ten Chinese convicts have been shot dead in two separate group executions in the northern city of Tianjin, the local This Evening newspaper said.

The 10 were executed Monday after a public sentencing rally during which a high court upheld their sentences for crimes including murder, robbery and rape.Among those put to death were construction worker Lu Jingzhi, 30, for strangling his co-worker's five-year-old son last November, and Fan Yaping, a 35-year-old factory worker convicted of choking his sister-in-law to death in a dispute over an apartment, the newspaper said.

China executed at least 1,876 people last year, fewer than in 1996 but more than the rest of the world combined, Amnesty International said earlier this month.