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

Tamerlan Tsarnaev

Alleged Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev believed in 'majestic mind control'

A new report has claimed Tamerlan Tsarnaev may have been mentally ill

Jang Song Thaek being escorted to court

Two men hanged by government in Japan in latest ‘secret executions’

Human rights groups slam practice in which inmates are told they will die just hours beforehand

Women dance in the pews at St Martin-in-the-Fields church

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Little South Africa comes to a church in London

From the courtroom, during that historic speech, you “could hear the police dogs baying outside in the square” where two lines of police were “barring the large crowds singing in support of their heroes”.

From LSD to a public hanging...three cruel and unusual elephant deaths

Elephants have suffered at the hands of humans in more ways than one

‘Alphabet killer’ Joseph Naso sentenced to death for decades-old murders of four women

79-year-old convicted of killing Roxene Roggasch, Carmen Colon, Pamela Parsons and Tracy Tafoya in the 1970s and 1990s

There have been pledges to clamp down on torture in China before - in 2009, 1,800 policemen were suspended for torturing inmates

Supreme Court rules China must stop using torture to extract confessions

'Illegal methods must be eliminated', court statement says, but human rights activists say any change remains to be seen

Joseph Franklin was convicted of seven other racially motivated murders after killing Gerald Gordon in a sniper shooting

US neo-Nazi Joseph Franklin who targeted black and Jewish people in a nationwide killing spree executed in Missouri

63-year-old was convicted of seven other racially motivated murders after killing Gerald Gordon in a sniper shooting

China to relax one-child policy and abolish labour camps

Communist Party of China announces major reforms that will allow parents to have another child if one parent is an only child

Ronald Phillips Ohio execution delayed by judge after organ donation request

Convicted killer wants to donate a kidney to his mother and a heart to his sister

India's Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director Ranjit Sinha addresses a press conference. He came under fire today for controversial comments regarding rape

India's top police official Ranjit Sinha apologises after 'if you can't prevent rape, you enjoy it' remark

Head of India's equivalent of the FBI comes under fire

Lance Armstrong promises 100% honesty after his ‘massive personal loss’. He still doesn't get it

Armstrong has said it's been 'real tough' and complained about financial losses

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has admitted he is willing to give

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong promises '100% transparency and honesty' in assisting any further doping inquiries but seeks assurances first

The man labelled as behind 'the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme sport has ever seen' has spoken out over his willingness to help rid the sport of drug cheats

Flashback: Indian protesters staged a mock hanging scene to demand death sentence for the four men found guilty of the gang-rape in Delhi

'Women feel unsafe': Prosecutors call on judges to uphold death sentences for Delhi gang-rape

Prosecutors have called on judges to uphold the death sentences handed down to the men convicted of the Delhi gang-rape, arguing that a message would be sent to society that "deviant behaviour" would not be tolerated.

Nawaz Sharif's government originally said it wanted to reinstate the death penalty in a bid to crack down on criminals and Islamist militants

With 8,000 prisoners on death row, Pakistan backs down from reinstating death penalty after Taliban threats

PM Nawaz Sharif originally wanted to crack down on criminals and Islamist militants in move criticised by human rights groups

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Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Let's talk about loss

We need to talk about loss

Secrecy and silence surround stillbirth
Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album