An undated image of Edgar Tamayo. Texas executed Tamayo, a Mexican national, on 22 January 2014.

Texas executes Mexican Edgar Tamayo despite pleas from governments

Edgar Tamayo's death was delayed by three hours as the US Supreme Court heard last-minute appeals

Former US First Lady Barbara Bush hospitalised for pneumonia

Former First Lady being treated for a "respiratory-related issue"

Rachael Neustadt with her children, from left, Meir, Jonathan and Daniel

Rachael Neustadt wins landmark ruling in Moscow Court in fight to return sons from Russia

A British-based former teacher embroiled in an international tug-of-love fight with her Russian ex-husband over custody of their two sons has won a “landmark” court ruling in Moscow, lawyers said today.

The fight for the US Capitol is on

US Shutdown: What happens now the government can't pay the bills??

There's was much foreboding in the Washington air over the prospect of a federal government shutdown. But what happens now that the government has been forced to rein in all its non-essential spending?

World's largest volcano discovered off the coast of Japan

Tamu Massif is as big as the British isles and was formed roughly 145 million years ago

Fred C Dobbs offers brilliantly crafted, summer rock'n'roll

The Playlist: Drake / Fred C Dobbs / Dead Girlfriends

The songs that are hot on our playlist this week

Shares of both airlines plunged on news of the lawsuit

US government moves to block $11bn American Airlines-US Airways merger

Deal would leave four airlines in control of 80% of American commercial air travel market - leading to fears over higher fares and fees

Regulator threatens BP with $29m in fines

An American energy regulator threatened BP with fines of nearly $29m (£19m) yesterday, asking the oil giant to respond to allegations of manipulating the natural gas market.

The father of the two boys, Ilya Neustadt, who is at the centre of the case

Russian court told to act over boys kept by father

A Russian court has been asked to intervene in an international tug-of-love over two boys whose father is keeping them in Russia in breach of an order made by an English judge following a marriage break-up, lawyers say.

A Mexican soldier stands guard beside a placard with pictures of alleged drug cartels members already arrested

The who's who of the murderous Mexican drug wars

After the capture of the notoriously brutal leader of the Zetas drug cartel, we look at the background to the slaughter that haunts the country where Miguel Angel Trevino Morales was a key player

Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy content with build-up for the Open

The world number two is continuing to struggle

Two weeks after Democrat State Senator Wendy Davis's filibuster, her opponents have regrouped

Republicans revive bill to severely curb abortion rights in Texas

Two weeks after Democrat State Senator Wendy Davis's filibuster, her opponents have regrouped

Miller Barber: Golfer known as ‘Mr X’ who was famed for his unique swing

Miller Barber: Golfer known as ‘Mr X’ who was famed for his unique swing

Miller Barber, who died on 11 June at the age of 82, was a golfer with a unique swing who made the most combined starts on the PGA and Champions tours. Nicknamed “Mr X,” he played in 1,297 tournaments on the PGA Tour and the 50-and-over circuit. He won 11 times in 694 PGA Tour starts and added 24 victories in 603 events on the Champions Tour.

Wait problem: Customs and Border Protection officers in action at Miami airport

Heading for America? Prepare for the longest US immigration queues ever

Expect the worst delays in the 'Sunshine State' of Florida

Andy McSmith's Diary: Gordon Brown's earning power is good news for good causes

In just two months, Gordon Brown has earned for his charities almost 50 per cent more than David Cameron is paid in an entire year as Prime Minister, thanks to lecture fees. A single speech delivered in Dubai earned Mr Brown a fee almost equal to his annual salary as an MP. His payments for just four speeches delivered in various parts of the world so far this year come to more than £210,000 – not counting payments in kind, in the form of free travel or hotel rooms for example. David Cameron’s annual salary is £145,000.

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Amir Khan: 'The Taliban can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'

Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

'They can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture