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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Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

Prepare for Jewish jokes...

... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
10 best cycling bags for commuters

10 best cycling bags for commuters

Gear up for next week’s National Cycle to Work day with one of these practical backpacks and messenger bags
Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

Paul Scholes column

Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United
Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?