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

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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”.

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‘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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