News Leonardo DiCaprio’s deepest, darkest and wholly rational fear of sharks was tested to the extreme after he came face-to-face with a great white during a terrifying diving ordeal.

Police detained Farrar (pictured below), 42, at Collin County jail with charges of misdemeanour counts of possession, theft, and harassment by phone

'I've hated Muslims and Hindus since 9/11' says woman charged with hate crime after allegedly pushing man in front of New York Subway train

Erika Menendez, is alleged to have caused the death of Sunando Sen by pushing him in front of a train in Queens on Thursday night. It is the second such incident in New York this month

Standard Chartered pays to settle US sanctions row

Standard Chartered has stumped up more than $300m (£187m) to resolve a probe into accusations that it had flouted United States sanctions on foreign countries by funneling money for Iranian and Sudanese clients.

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

A female US soldier eats breakfast while on tour in Afghanistan

Female service members sue over US combat exclusion policy

Four female service members filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday seeking to overturn the Pentagon's exclusion of women from many combat roles, arguing that the restrictions are unconstitutional and have hindered their careers.

Argentina on the brink as US court orders it to pay $1.3bn debt to 'vulture' funds

Decision pushes country close to default again but President vows not to cough up the cash

US court lifts sales ban on Samsung Galaxy Tab

Samsung has scored a victory in its patent dispute with fellow electronics giant Apple.

Oregon farmer is eaten by his pigs

A farmer in Oregon was killed and eaten by his pigs when he went to feed them.

Patient sues Kentucky hospital over penis amputation

A former US soldier is suing a hospital claiming that excessive ice-pack treatment on his groin led to the amputation of his penis.

US man 'behind anti-Islam film' arrested

A  federal official says the California man behind an anti-Islamic video that has inflamed the Middle East has been arrested for allegedly violating terms of his probation.

Pussy Riot lawyer appeals jail sentences

An attorney for three members of the Pussy Riot punk band says she has appealed the verdict of a Moscow court that sentenced the women to two years each in jail.

Peace activist Rachel Corrie, who died during a protest in Gaza in 2002

Israel's inquiry into death of activist Rachel Corrie not credible, says US

Ambassador criticises investigation into death of Rachel Corrie as civil case verdict expected

First prosecution over fall of Anglo Irish

Willie McAteer, the former finance director at Anglo Irish Bank, has become the first banker in Ireland to be prosecuted in connection with the collapse of the toxic bank.

Ai Weiwei designed the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in Hyde Park

China rejects artist's lawsuit against tax office

A Chinese court today rejected artist Ai Weiwei's lawsuit over a £1.5 million fine imposed on his company for tax evasion.

'Terrifying' former judge hired to beef up SFO

The new head of the embattled Serious Fraud Office has put a tough senior former judge on the payroll to aid his attempts at cracking down on City crime.

Top judge to beef up Fraud Office after string of bungles

QC with a terrifying reputation as a judge hired by new head of the SFO

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Germany's spy HQ springs a leak

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Russia's gulag museum

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Paul Scholes column

I don't believe Evans was spitting at Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible
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From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
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Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable