Mexico judge sentences teenage murderer to three years

A Mexican judge today sentenced a teenage US citizen to three years in prison for homicide, kidnapping and drug and weapons possession. Authorities say the teen confessed to killing four people whose beheaded bodies were found suspended from a bridge.

Superhero comic takes on al-Qa'ida

The Arab world can take graphic art seriously, as any Danish cartoonist will attest, so goodness knows what sort of response will greet the comic industry's latest mooted blockbuster publication: a tale about al-Qa'ida that was designed, in the words of its creator, to "really piss people off".

Spectacular racing on final day of Sardinia Trophy

A one-two for Audi-sponsored boats in the Audi-sponsored MedCup crowned some spectacular and close racing on the final day of the Sardinia Trophy.

Southern rebels demand break-up of the golden state

Tired of liberals and state debt, southern Californian Jeff Stone has come up with a radical secessionist plan. Guy Adams reports

Could a 14-year-old really be a hitman in Mexico's drug war?

On just another brutal day in Mexico, the horrific deaths of four men – beheaded, disembowelled and left hanging from a bridge – would merit little more than a footnote in the gruesome story of the country's drug wars. But the killings have prompted a bout of national soul-searching. The reason? The alleged killer was aged 14.

Drugs hitman aged 14 on trial after beheading four victims in Mexico

A teenage boy who confessed to beheading and then disembowelling at least four men in the Mexican resort of Cuernavaca has gone on trial accused of working as a hitman for one of the country's most notorious drug cartels.

Murder mystery at San Diego mansion after two die in two days

Police are attempting to get to the bottom of what they described as two "bizarre" deaths that occurred within 48 hours of each other at the historic seaside home of one of the wealthiest men in San Diego.

Bee bearding - in pictures

Beekeepers Wang Dalin, 42, and Lv Kongjiang, 20, battled it out over the weekend in Shaoyang, Hunan province, China in a competition known as 'bee bearding'.

Lewis fades but his memories will not

One-time leader is now under a cloud, but it may be silver-lined

Record find of marijuana

Soldiers have found the largest marijuana plantation ever detected in Mexico, covering 120ha (300 acres).

Binge drinking is why women can't read maps, say scientists

Women, according to the received wisdom frequently cited by exasperated male drivers, can't read maps.

Album: Dave Alvin, Eleven Eleven (Yep Roc)

Dave Alvin's latest album may be his best yet, its tales of the flipside of the American Dream set to gritty blues riffs that speak of long months on the road.

Bad behaviour of Essex costs Foster two-match ban

James Foster, the Essex captain, was banned for two matches last night for his side's repeated disciplinary offences.

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