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

Runners cross the finish line

Thousands turn out in Boston to finish Marathon they started

Thousands of runners returned to Boston’s streets this weekend to complete the symbolic final mile of the city’s annual marathon, which was brought to a bloody halt last month when two bombs went off near the finish line.

Children release balloons as part of a gathering outside a community meeting at Immanuel Lutheran Church held to talk about the kidnapping of Michelle Knight, Gina DeJesus and Amanda Berry by neighbour resident Ariel Castro

Cleveland kidnappings: The captives are free - but the streets will never be the same

Ariel Castro’s neighbours lament the lack of community and failure to recognise anything amiss

Ariel Castro is arraigned at Cleveland Municipal Court in front of judge Lauren Moore

Cleveland kidnappings: Ariel Castro may face death penalty over forced miscarriages

If proven the miscarriage claims could lead to murder charges

Killer, Jodi Arias, makes TV plea to be given the death penalty

Convicted murderer seaks 'ultimate freedom' after guilty verdict

British woman Lindsay Sandiford has been sentenced to death

British gran Lindsay Sandiford launches Bali death penalty appeal after drug smuggling conviction

Sandiford says she was forced to transport drugs to protect her children

British woman Lindsay Sandiford has been sentenced to death

UK Government let me down, says grandmother Lindsay Sandiford facing Bali death penalty over drug smuggling

A British grandmother facing the death penalty in Bali after being convicted of drug smuggling said she feels let down by the British Government.

Leading ‘anti-death penalty’ lawyer, Judy Clarke, to defend Boston bombings suspect

Judy Clarke has secured life sentences instead of the death penalty for high profile clients

Lindsay Sandiford, 56, was sentenced to death at Denpasar District Court in January

Public raises funds for British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford to launch death sentence challenge at Indonesian Supreme Court

A fundraising page set up to pay for Lindsay Sandiford's legal fight in Indonesia reached its target today.

Lindsay Sandiford, 56, was sentenced to death at Denpasar District Court in January

Lindsay Sandiford death sentence: British grandmother loses appeal for UK government to fund death row legal challenge

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office refused to fund 56-year-old’s case as a matter of Government policy

Senate failed to tighten gun laws, but conservatives have not got it all their own way

Is the right winning the US culture wars? Yes, no and maybe

Out of America: On the 'hot-button' issues of gun control, abortion and gay marriage, the country is moving in several directions at once

British woman Lindsay Sandiford has been sentenced to death

'I'd rather face firing squad than stay in prison', says British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford sentenced to death in Bali for trafficking £1.6m of cocaine

'I don't want to get old and decrepit in here...at least a bullet is quick,' says Lindsay Sandiford

Lindsay Sandiford, 56, was sentenced to death at Denpasar District Court in January

British woman Lindsay Sandiford loses appeal against Bali death sentence for drug smuggling

She claims she had to smuggle the drugs for a gang threatening one of her sons

James Holmes, left, and defense attorney Tamara Brady appear in district court in Centennial, Colorado for his arraignment

Colorado massacre: 'Batman' killer suspect James Holmes offers guilty plea to avoid death row

Lawyers hope for life sentence after cinema shootings that killed 12 people

India's new law to help protect women

A new law was passed today to protect women against sexual violence in response to the gang rape of a student in Delhi in December.

Zillur is sworn in as his country’s 19th president in 2009

Zillur Rahman: Pioneer of Bangladeshi independence

In age and bitter experience, Bangladesh's President Zillur Rahman exceeded every other major political figure alive today in the Indian subcontinent.

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Iran is shifting from pariah to possible future policeman of the Gulf

Robert Fisk on our crisis with Iran
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The young are the new poor

Sharp increase in the number of under-25s living in poverty
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‘We could be on the edge of something very big’
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Through the stories of his accusers
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Mau Mau uprising: Kenyans still waiting for justice join class action over Britain's role in the emergency

Kenyans still waiting for justice over Mau Mau uprising

Thousands join class action over Britain's role in the emergency
Isis in Iraq: The trauma of the last six months has overwhelmed the remaining Christians in the country

The last Christians in Iraq

After 2,000 years, a community will try anything – including pretending to convert to Islam – to avoid losing everything, says Patrick Cockburn
Black Friday: Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Britain braced for Black Friday
Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

From America's dad to date-rape drugs

Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

As fans flock to see England women's Wembley debut against Germany, the TV presenter on an exciting 'sea change'
Oh come, all ye multi-faithful: The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?

Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

Dr Charles Heatley on joining the NHS volunteers' team bound for Sierra Leone
Flogging vlogging: First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books

Flogging vlogging

First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
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Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

US channels wage comedy star wars
When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine? When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible

When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine?

When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible