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

Roads shut amid India protests over brutal gang-rape of woman

Authorities closed roads in the heart of India's capital today in a bid to put an end to a week of demonstrations against the brutal gang-rape of a woman on a moving bus.

Angry protesters encounter a violent response from police in New Delhi while urging swift punishment for a gang of alleged rapists

Police fire tear gas after violence at Delhi rape protest

Anger at the gang rape and beating of a 23-year-old student on a bus grew in India as police in the capital, New Delhi, used tear gas and water cannon to break up demonstrations staged by thousands of people who were protesting against the crime.

The launch of ‘He Ain’t Heavy...’ in Liverpool

Justice Collective's Hillsborough charity single He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother wins chart battle beating Simon Cowell-backed X Factor winner James Arthur

Proceeds from ‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother’ will pay legal costs for relatives campaigning for justice

Mother's quest: Anne Williams, who lost her son at Hillsborough, outside the High Court last week

Dying mother fights on for Hillsborough son

The overturning of original inquest verdicts has given families new hope

Hillsborough tribute looks set to beat X Factor's James Arthur to Christmas number one

The Hillsborough tribute single has extended its lead in the race for the Christmas number one.

Application to quash the original Hillsborough inquest verdicts could be made today

Families of the 96 victims of the 1989 tragedy have campaigned to have the accidental death verdicts overturned

Thirty years after being 'freed', Texas man still waiting for his freedom

Legal row saw death sentence for murder in 1977 both overturned and commuted to life in jail

World Aids Day: I met Enoch. Three years ago he couldn't stand up. Now his life is transformed. The cost? 23p a day

I choose not to listen to the cynics, whose philosophical opposition to aid bewilders me

The Chongqing Communist Party leader now looks likely to face criminal charges

China's Bo Xilai to face charges

Disgraced Chinese Politburo member Bo Xilai has been expelled from the ruling Communist Party and will face criminal charges, state media has reported.

Chinese expert casts doubt on Neil Heywood death verdict

A prominent Chinese government forensic scientist has questioned the cause of death of a murdered British businessman, casting doubt on the official version of a scandal that reached into the upper levels of the Communist Party.

Cult leader Sachiko Eto hanged for six murders in Japan

Japan executed two people today, including a 65-year old woman cult leader convicted of six murders that took place during supposed exorcisms.

Court upholds Mumbai gunman Mohammed Ajmal Kasab's death sentence

India's Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence of the only surviving gunman of the deadly 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people.

William Hague condemns Iran death sentences

Iran's “shameful” human rights record has been condemned by Foreign Secretary William Hague.

Verdict due in Gu Kailai Neil Heywood murder trial

A Chinese court will deliver a verdict on Monday in the murder trial of Gu Kailai, the wife of the disgraced politician Bo Xilai, as the Communist Party moves a step closer to resolving a scandal that has threatened to overshadow China's once-a-decade leadership handover.

Julian Assange asylum verdict due

Julian Assange may hear this week whether he will be granted political asylum in Ecuador, the country's President has said.

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