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

Video: Mitt Romney's bin man dishes the dirt

In a rebuke to Mitt Romney's now notorious comments on the 47 per cent of Americans he sees as scroungers, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) have released a video.

US archbishop Salvatore Cordileone apologises for drink-driving arrest

The Roman Catholic archbishop-elect of San Francisco has apologised for his arrest on suspicion of drunken driving, behaviour that he said brought "shame" and "disgrace" on himself and the church, though legal experts said was unlikely to derail his promotion. 

Strong earthquake hits coast off El Salvador

A strong magnitude-7.4 earthquake struck off the coast of El Salvador followed an hour later by a magnitude-5.4 aftershock, authorities said early today. There were no immediate reports of damages or injuries.

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Stallone skips 'Expendables 2' promotions following son's death

The cast of "The Expendables 2" say they're giving co-star and writer Sylvester Stallone space after the death of his son last month.

Triathlon: Team GB's Alistair Brownlee looks to Mark Cavendish for inspiration

There have been no shortage of golden moments at this Olympics for Great Britain but it was one of the few disappointments that Alistair Brownlee found the most inspiring.

Crowds turned out in their thousands to cheer on British triathlete Helen Jenkins

Triathlon: Team GB fans turn out in their thousands to cheer on Helen Jenkins

Hundreds of thousands of people thronged into central London today to watch the Olympic triathlon and Helen Jenkins' bid to add to Britain's gold tally.

The apartment where James Holmes is believed to have planned his attack was the scene of a massive security operation tonight

The killer: 'Loner' medical student who opened fire and left his nearby flat booby-trapped

James Holmes described himself as “a quiet and easy-going medical student” on the application form he filled out last May before renting a third-floor apartment in a brick-walled building a stone's throw from the University of Colorado's sprawling hospital campus.

Servicemen and women allowed to march in uniform at San Diego's Gay Pride Parade

Servicemen and women are being allowed to march in uniform in a gay pride parade for the first time in US history.

Comic-Con wraps after four days of pop-art indulgence

This year's 43rd annual Comic-Con festival may be over but die-hard fans of the pop-culture celebration already have their minds on next year's show.

The News Matrix: Monday 16 July 2012

Coalition announces £9bn network fix

Vincent Legrend Walters: He had been selling timeshare holiday apartments at Cancun airport

US 'drugs killer' is apprehended in Mexico after 24 years on run

For years, millions of pleasure-seeking Americans filed through Cancun airport past a smiling, joking man trying to sell them timeshare apartments in the Mexican resort, little realising that the man who called himself Oscar Rivera was in fact one of the US's most wanted fugitives.

Winning formula: E.L. James's soft-porn saga has broken sales records

'Fifty Shades' author greeted by sobbing fans at Comic-Con

Lola De La Cruz cried when she met author E L James. The 29-year-old fan had waited since 4am to accomplish the number one thing on her Comic-Con to-do list - meet the writer of "Fifty Shades of Grey" - and 12 hours later, she got her chance.

A reporter crawls through one of the tunnels discovered under a sink in a warehouse in Tijuana

Mexico drug smuggling tunnels uncovered

Two sophisticated drug-smuggling tunnels outfitted with lighting and ventilation systems have been discovered along the US-Mexico border.

San Diego's Fourth of July fireworks were more of a damp squib after technical issues reduced the planned 18-minute display to a disappointing 15-second explosion

Fireworks: San Diego 'does an Oban'

Remember the fifth of November? Residents of Oban in Argyll and Bute do, because on Bonfire Night last year organisers of a firework display set off several thousand pounds' worth of fireworks in a minute.

If it looks a little blurred it is because photographer Gilles Martin-Raget was ducking as he took the flying image of Team New Zealand's 45-foot catamaran just before it collided with the boat on which he was standing

Photographer narrowly escapes injury after Team New Zealand lose control

French photographer Gilles Martin-Raget narrowly escaped serious injury or worse when a barely in control Team New Zealand hit a mark boat on which he was working for the America’s Cup World Series in Narragansett Bay ahead of the final regatta of the series, which starts Thursday.

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Mafia Dons: is the Camorra in control of the Granite City?

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Emmys look set to overhaul the Oscars as Hollywood’s prize draw

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French connection: After 1,300 years, there’s a bridge to Mont Saint-Michel

French connection: After 1,300 years, there’s a bridge to Mont Saint-Michel

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David Abraham: Big ideas for the small screen

David Abraham: Big ideas for the small screen

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Tim Howard: I’m an old dog. I don’t get too excited

Tim Howard: I’m an old dog. I don’t get too excited

The Everton and US goalkeeper was such a star at the World Cup that the President phoned to congratulate him... not that he knows what the fuss is all about
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Tom Peck on Match of the Day at 50

The show reminds us that even the most revered BBC institution may have a finite lifespan – thanks to the opposition
Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

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Ebola outbreak: Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on the virus

Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

A Christian charity’s efforts to save missionaries trapped in Africa by the crisis have been justifiably praised. But doubts remain about its evangelical motives
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Corporation’s head of television confirms ‘Top Gear’ host was warned about racist language
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Nick Clegg the movie

Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise
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Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?
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