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

Ecuador's president says decision on Assange could be made this week

Ecuador's president said today he hoped to be able to announce this week whether he would grant political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Guilty plea expected over Giffords attack

Jared Lee Loughner, the man accused of killing six people and wounding Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona last year, is expected to plead guilty in a Tucson court tomorrow.

Batman shooting suspect faces 24 murder charges

With his orange-dyed hair slicked back, the Colorado shooting suspect, James Holmes, sat impassively during a one-hour hearing in a packed courtroom yesterday as prosecutors charged him with 24 counts of murder.

UN expert 'alarmed' by imminent wave of executions in Iraq

A UN human rights expert is calling on the Iraqi government to halt what he says is the possible imminent execution of up to 196 death row inmates in Anbar province.

Texan authorities hail execution drug that critics say causes agony

Prisoner who was said to be mentally impaired is first to be killed using controversial method

Pakistan: Mob kills man for insulting Koran

Thousands of people have beaten a man to death before burning his corpse after he was accused of desecrating Islam's holy book, Pakistani police said.

Further charges against Hosni Mubarak's sons Gamal and Alaa

The two sons of Hosni Mubarak, the deposed President, were charged with insider trading yesterday and are to be tried before a criminal court. They were among nine men who made illicit gains from the sale of a bank, according to a statement from the prosecutor-general's office which was reported by the state news agency. It gave no other details.

Sahar Gul speaks to the Minister of Women’s Affairs as she recovers in hospital last December

Justice for Sahar Gul: Afghan family who tortured child bride jailed for 10 years

15-year-old still fears her abusers who were jailed after case drew worldwide attention

9/11 accused defiant at trial

Five prisoners at Guantanamo Bay who are accused of plotting the September 11 attacks refused to answer a military judge's questions in a chaotic court hearing.

Amol Rajan: Listening to Breivik is the civilised thing to do

I know what you're thinking, because sometimes I think it too. You look at the bovine, witless features of Anders Breivik in that Oslo courtroom and you think: maybe capital punishment isn't so bad after all.

April 16, 2012: Defendant Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik gestures as he arrives for his terrorism and murder trial in a courtroom in Oslo. Breivik who massacred 77 people last summer arrived under heavy armed guard at an Oslo courthouse on Monday, lifting his arm in what he has called a rightist salute as his trial began. Breivik, 33, has admitted setting off a car bomb that killed eight people at government headquarters in Oslo last July, then massacring 69 in a shooting spree at an island summer camp for Labour Party youths.

Amol Rajan: Why a spot of torture and a long rope would be too good for Anders Breivik

Norway has shown that true justice, though messy and frustrating, is the mark of a civilised society

Freya Berry: Social response to killers is more important than the punishment

What does a country do with a remorseless, apparently sane, mass-murderer? Unusually, Anders Breivik, perpetrator of the Utoya massacre, was left alive – something even he finds surprising. Now, safely in custody, famously liberal Norway is struggling to know how to deal with him.

Owen Jones: Norway plays it by the book and sends a message to the world

Would the British political establishment have been able to resist demands for the restoration of the death penalty if such a horrifying massacre had taken place here? Support for capital punishment remains largely passive, but widespread; it occasionally surges in the aftermath of horrifying crimes, particularly when children are involved, such as the Soham murders in 2003.

Owen Jones: Norway's dignity in the aftermath of Breivik is an example to the rest of us

What our rulers could learn from the country's Prime Minister

Workers repair a road by hand

Journey into the heart of North Korea's hidden world

Copycat haircuts, missile testsand mass denial. By Tomiko Newson in Pyongyang

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

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The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
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Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

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The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

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No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

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Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

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Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

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English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

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Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee