News According to reports, federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty against Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

The twin blasts killed three people and wounded more than 260 others at the end of the city's marathon in April 2013

Fang in 1988

Fang Lizhi: Astrophysicist and dissident who helped inspire the Tiananmen Square protests

'Democracy comes from the bottom up,' he wrote. 'Marxism is like a worn dress that must be put aside'

Accused September 11 'mastermind' Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to stand trial at Guantanamo

Accused September 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four suspected co-conspirators were directed today to stand trial before a Guantanamo war crimes tribunal on charges that could carry the death penalty, the Pentagon said.

Into the Abyss (12A)

Werner Herzog, cinema's laureate of derangement, seems ideally equipped to investigate America's romance with the death penalty.

Cultural Life: Sarah Lamb, ballerina

Dance: I saw the Nederlands Dans Theater 2 at Sadler's Wells, which was fantastic. The dancers are all aged between 17 and 23, and the final work in the triple bill was Paul Lightfoot's 'Passe-Partout'. The quality of movement was amazing, showing the fluidity, grace and capabilities of human bodies. Modern dance at its best.

Three killers executed in Japan

Three death row inmates in Japan were executed by hanging today as the country carried out its first death sentences in more than a year and a half.

Dead show walking: China's death row interviews series faces axe

There were question marks yesterday over the future of one of China's most popular television shows, "Interviews Before Execution", in which death row prisoners are interviewed shortly before their execution, after its presenter was the subject of a BBC documentary.

Three men jailed over gay death call leaflets

Three men were jailed today after becoming the first to be convicted of stirring up hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation for handing out a leaflet calling for gay people to be executed.

Uganda's anti-gay bill reintroduced in parliament

A lawmaker in Uganda is reintroducing an anti-gay bill that received wide condemnation, including from US President Barack Obama.

Into the Abyss

How the real final scene fascinates us

Werner Herzog's new documentary on death row is the latest example of an enduring theme. By Geoffrey Macnab

Mubarak still President, says lawyer

Hosni Mubarak's lawyer concluded his defence yesterday, arguing that the ousted leader should be acquitted of criminal charges because he is technically still the President of Egypt.

Three found guilty over 'death penalty' pamphlet

Three Muslim men have been found guilty of stirring up hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation after distributing a leaflet that said Islam called for anyone caught committing homosexual acts to be executed.

Men found guilty of handing out anti-homosexuality leaflets

Three Muslim men have been found guilty of stirring up hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation after distributing a leaflet that said Islam called for anyone caught committing homosexuality to be executed.

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Man in the Middle, Theatre 503, London

An elderly couple and their younger selves dance towards death in a moving tribute to enduring love

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad shrugs off the controversy as he arrives in Venezuela

Caught in the crossfire: US 'spy' facing death in Iran as relations worsen

As a 'CIA agent' is sentenced, Patrick Cockburn deciphers a dangerous diplomatic game

Knighthood for Nick Clegg's fiercest critic

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