News According to reports, federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty against Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

The twin blasts killed three people and wounded more than 260 others at the end of the city's marathon in April 2013

Singing boosts brain activity in Alzheimer’s patients, scientists say

Compared to those who just listened to care home music sessions, those taking part show markedly improved cognition

Rob Ford has been in the public eye recently after he admitted to smoking crack cocaine

Mayors accused of corruption and drug taking... it's all in a day's work at City Hall

What is it about the role that attracts people who are prone to corruption once they reach office?

My life in travel: Jeff Stelling

'I defy anyone not to fall in love with the orang-utans of Borneo after seeing them'

Defence contractor bought US Navy secrets with prostitutes and Lady Gaga tickets, prosecutors say

'Larger-than-life' Malaysian company boss known as Fat Leonard is alleged to have worked with the commander of the Navy to move vessels around 'like chess pieces'

Mine-sweeping US Navy dolphins in Croatia to help comb seabed for unexploded bombs

Team of six bottlenoses will use impeccable hearing and sonar capabilities to mark devices dropped during conflicts in the region

The NFL presence in London is full of hype, given the quality

Ashling O’Connor: Over-hyped and over here - why NFL’s invasion is a cover-up for a cry for help

If the NFL want to win us over, surely they should send the best teams

Television personality, media mogul, actress and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey has confirmed reports that she suffered from a nervous breakdown

Oprah Winfrey admits to having nervous breakdown last year

Television personality, media mogul, actress and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey has confirmed reports that she suffered from a nervous breakdown last year.

Ken Norton attending Muhammad Ali’s 70th birthday celebration last year

Boxing: Ken Norton, heavyweight icon who 'beat' Muhammad Ali three times

Series of epic fights with The Greatest went to split decisions – and he reckons he won them all

Jonathan Brownlee receives bashing from Olympic champion brother Alistair

Triathlon: Jonathan Brownlee misses out and faces wrath of big brother Alistair

Jonny beaten by Spain’s Javier Gomez in sprint finish

Is it a boy or a large amount of cocaine? Nine of the most bizarre drug-smuggling techniques

In the umpteenth depressing example of how pawns take the fall for drug kingpins, a woman who attempted to fly out of Bogota wearing a fake pregnancy bump stashed with two kilograms of cocaine has been arrested by Columbian authorities. If there's anything positive to say here, at least the exposure of this novel, inventive approach to smuggling will have wised-up customs officials worldwide. Other than the 'cocaine pregnancy', though, how else have cartels tried to ship their product to middle America and beyond?

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with a strong emphasis on science, engineering and technological education and research. Founded 1861.

The top 100 universities in the world - QS rankings

Here are the top 100 universities in the world for 2013/14 compiled by the QS World Universities

Mother giraffe, Jang-Soon, top, rubs her calf at the park in Yongin

Giraffe breaks record with birth of 18th calf

A giraffe has set a world record by giving birth to her 18th calf, at the Samsung Everland safari park just outside Seoul.

A sunrise over the Pacific Ocean at Turtle Bay

How the Pacific has put global warming on hold (but not for long)

Although temperatures on Earth are higher than ever, the ocean is playing a major role in absorbing excess heat, a new study suggests

Kidnapped California teenager takes to ask.fm to answer questions about her ordeal just hours after being rescued

Hannah Anderson spoke about being held in captivity on the site, days after it came under controversy for abusive messages posted by other users

For those who have argued, 'who would win in a fight, Superman or Batman?', Hollywood hopes to have an answer by 2015

Batman v Superman: Zach Snyder takes advice from Frank Miller in bid for blockbuster battle of the superheroes

Batman v Superman director Zach Snyder will have talks in the next few days with the man who first pitched the two superheroes against each other in an iconic comic book tale 30 years ago.

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Lost without a trace

But, a year on, the search continues for Flight MH370
Germany's spymasters left red-faced after thieves break into brand new secret service HQ and steal taps

Germany's spy HQ springs a leak

Thieves break into new €1.5bn complex... to steal taps
International Women's Day 2015: Celebrating the whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir's seminal feminist polemic, 'The Second Sex', has been published in short-form for International Women's Day
Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Why would I want to employ someone I’d be happy to have as my boss, asks Simon Kelner
Confessions of a planespotter: With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent

Confessions of a planespotter

With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent. Sam Masters explains the appeal
Russia's gulag museum 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities

Russia's gulag museum

Ministry of Culture-run site 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities
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The big fresh food con

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Paris Fashion Week 2015: The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp

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Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

Paul Scholes column

I don't believe Evans was spitting at Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible
Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

The Bolton fighter is unlikely to take on Kell Brook with two superstar opponents on the horizon, says Frank Warren
War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable