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Senior members of one of the country’s most notorious gangs have been arrested after expanding their drug-dealing operations outside of their south London stronghold to target lucrative new markets, police said yesterday.

Burmese drug lord Naw Kham is taken to be executed

Convicts paraded on television ahead of execution

China’s state TV captures the moments before four men who murdered 13 fishermen are put to death

The tension in the Pretoria courtroom reached its peak in the closing hours of Pistorius hearing

After 105 minutes of summing up, the defence counsel captured the feelings of people all over the world when he said 'I'm just glad it's over'

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Gemma Arterton: I punched a tramp in the face

Hansel And Gretal actress Gemma Arterton has revealed that some of the combat training she underwent for the role paid off when she punched a homeless man in the face for squeezing her bottom.

South Africa police can be heavily armed

Pistorius on murder charge: South Africa and gun crime

South Africa has some of the highest rates for violent crime in the world, with an average of nearly 50 murders a day.

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Mexican army hunt for gang who raped six tourists

The hooded gunmen who broke into a beachfront bungalow in Acapulco and raped six female Spanish tourists after restraining six men will be apprehended quickly, the authorities in the resort have insisted.

'Barely fit for human habitation': Shocking standards at Cayman Islands jails revealed in new report

Jails run in the name of Her Majesty's Prison Service on the Cayman Islands are “barely fit for human habitation”, UK inspectors have found.

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Missing Irish tycoon found barefoot and starving with insult carved on forehead

Kidnappings for ransom are not unusual in Ireland and in the past were carried out by the IRA

Protesters throw stones at riot policemen in Port Said

Death toll rises as gun battles rage in Egypt

Alastair Beach in Port Said is witness to further violence as the unrest escalates

Police in England and Wales recorded 5,911 firearms offences in 2011/12

Police winning battle against inner city gun crime

Firearms offences are 40 per cent down in less than a decade, figures will show

Police keeping close eye on use of 3D technology in gun making

The potential for mass production of firearms by criminals using hi-tech 3D printers is being monitored by police.

Criminal gangs are smuggling immigrants out of the UK

Criminal gangs are smuggling illegal immigrants out of the UK as well as in, a report due to be broadcast this evening will allege.

Spring Breakers stars ex-Disney starlets Vanessa Hudgens (right) and Selena Gomez as a dreadlocked gold-toothed gangster

Harmony Korine the unlikely director to give spring break films their big break

One of the recurring jokes in the ever-quotable Arrested Development was one of the sitcom's characters shouting "Spring Break, whoooo" and lifting her shirt.

Tributes have been paid to a British girl who was shot dead in Jamaica. Imani Green, eight, from south London, who suffered from sickle cell anaemia, was described as a ‘happy, playful’ child

Grandmother of murdered Imani Green describes moment she saw her eight-year-old grand-daughter 'in a pool of blood' after Jamaican grocery store shooting

Eight people have been arrested in connection with the shooting and are being questioned by Jamaican police

Ian Burrell: Jamaica's strange fascination with firearms is subtly different to that of the United States

On the face of it, the sickening murder of Imani Green might appear to be a horrible symptom of the same gun culture that claimed the lives of 20 children at Sandy Hook a month earlier.

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