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

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A police search is continuing after three bodies, believed to be female, were found wrapped in plastic bags about 150 yards apart in East Cleveland, Ohio.

Two dead in clashes in Bangladesh between Jamaat-e-Islami party supporters and police

Supporters were marching during one-day strike to protest conviction of previous party chief for his role in 1971 war

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Bangladeshi political leader Ghulam Azam sentenced to 90 years in jail for war crimes

A Bangladesh war crimes tribunal has found the spiritual leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party guilty of masterminding atrocities during the country’s 1971 war of independence.

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Super League clubs may look back on this week as the time when the turkeys voted for Christmas.

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Brazilian referee 'decapitated after stabbing player' in amateur football match

A man has been arrested after an amateur football game in Brazil turned into a gruesome double murder scene.

Missouri is one of four states with the gas chamber as an alternative for executions.

Missouri threatens return of gas chambers for death row inmates as lethal injection supplies reach sell-by dates

State’s attorney general looks to 'alternative methods'

Return of death penalty in Pakistan condemned

Sharif government says end to five-year-old moratorium will help tackle rising crime

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Death penalty threat for polluters in China

The death penalty is usually imposed for corruption and other economic crimes

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Investigators found chains attached to walls in Ariel Castro’s basement

Ariel Castro faces 329 charges including murder, kidnap and rape in Cleveland missing women case

A man accused of holding three women captive in his run-down home in Cleveland for a decade and fathering a child with one of them has been indicted on 329 charges including murder, kidnapping and rape, prosecutors said.

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Leslie Van Houten, youngest member of Charles Manson's 'Family’, has parole denied for 20th time

Aged just 19, she was convicted of stabbing Rosemary LaBianca to death in 1969. Now, aged 63, she faces more time in prison

British pensioner facing death penalty in Egypt is 'victim of international set-up'

Foreign Office said  it was 'extremely concerned' about the British sailor

At Mold Crown Court earlier this week, Bridger, 47, was found guilty of abducting and murdering April Jones in a sexually motivated attack.

Lifetime behind bars is 'too good' for Mark Bridger says grandparents of April Jones

Bridger is one of fewer than 50 prisoners in Britain who have no prospect of release

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US soldier to plead guilty to Afghanistan killings

The American soldier accused of slaughtering 16 Afghan civilians, most of them women and children, as they slept in villages adjacent to an army outpost in Kandahar province early last year is to plead guilty at a hearing next week in an attempt to stave off the death penalty, his lawyer said.

US soldier Robert Bales to admit Afghan massacre, says lawyer

The US Army staff sergeant charged with killing 16 villagers in one of the worst atrocities of the Afghanistan war will plead guilty to avoid the death penalty in a deal that requires him to recount the horrific attack for the first time, his attorney told The Associated Press.

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