News Metropolitan Police of officers entering a property in Marcella Road, SW9, as police targeted a notorious gang in a series of early morning raids across the UK

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'

Gemma Arterton appears on tights Graham Norton show

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.

Paperback review: Narcopolis, By Jeet Thayil

Fiery tales from a boiling cauldron

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.

Siobhan O’Callaghan and Kevin McGeever in happier times

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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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

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, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

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

Frank Warren's Ringside

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

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

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

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
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