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

Ruth Ellis, who was the last woman in Britain to be given the death penalty

Theatre review: The Thrill of Love, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Play focuses on the life of Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged for murder in Britain

Aurora massacre suspect James Holmes is likely to be interviewed under the influence of a ‘truth serum’ if he enters a not guilty by reason of insanity plea over the killings.

Dark Knight massacre: Aurora suspect James Holmes to be given 'truth serum' during insanity assessments ahead of trial

Judge rules man accused of shooting spree during Batman screening can legally undergo 'narcoanalytic interview' and lie detector test

Torture of detainees by state security is still pervasive in Iraq, report claims

Torture of detainees by state security is pervasive in Iraq ten years after the fall of Saddam Hussein says an Amnesty International report, Iraq: a Decade of Abuses, published tomorrow. Though American and British leaders cited the brutality and cruelty of Saddam Hussein’s regime as a justification for overthrowing his regime, extreme abuse of prisoners has never ceased.

Flames rise from a room at the headquarters of the Egyptian Football Association in Cairo

Football riot ruling ignites Cairo

Egyptian protesters set fire to buildings in Cairo yesterday and tried unsuccessfully to disrupt international shipping on the Suez Canal, as a court ruling on a deadly football riot stoked rage in a country beset by worsening security.

Flames rise from a room at the headquarters of the Egyptian Football Association in Cairo

Further violence in Egypt after football riot death sentences

Some 21 men have been sentenced to death, while 28 others were spared

Egypt braced for more violence after court confirms death sentences for Port Said footballer rioters

An Egyptian court today confirmed death sentences against 21 people for their role in a deadly 2012 football riot that killed more than 70 people in the city of Port Said.

Indian Boy denies bus rape charges

A 17-year-old boy has pleaded not guilty to charges that he took part in the gang rape and murder of a trainee physiotherapist in Delhi.

Labour MP John McDonnell urges India to end the death penalty

The British Government should use "every mechanism of communication" to urge India to end the death penalty, a Labour MP has said.

Indian police hunt for men suspected of raping and killing three sisters

Police in central India have launched a hunt for the men suspected of raping and killing three sisters, aged five to 11. Their deaths are the latest in a series of incidents of sexual violence in the country.

Japan executes three murderers

Japan has hanged three prisoners convicted of murder in its first executions under the government that took office in December.

Hill has a recorded IQ of just 70

Should a man with an IQ of 70 be on death row?

Warren Hill won a reprieve 30 minutes before he was due to be lethally injected. But it may prove temporary...

Sedated and just 30 minutes from the death chamber 'mentally disabled' man Warren Hill gets dramatic stay of execution

Warren Hill was due to be executed by lethal injection in Georgia despite a ban on the state killing people with mental disabilities

Charles Manson

Charles Manson killed 'a bunch of other people' according to cult member's lawyer in never before heard tapes

Attorney Billy Boyd claimed Charles ‘Tex’ Watson revealed Manson had been involved in a number of other murders

Abdul Quader Mollah after his conviction in Dhaka yesterday

Bangladesh: Opposition party chief given life sentence for war crimes

The Bangladeshi government has deployed its paramilitary Border Guard on the streets of Dhaka after a war crimes tribunal convicted a leading member of the country’s main Islamic party of five offences of crimes against humanity during the country’s war for independence in 1971.  

Lindsay Sandiford

British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford caught smuggling cocaine in Bali 'could be executed within weeks'

Indonesia has signalled its intention to resume state executions

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The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
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