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

Man arrested on suspicion of killing girlfriend with home-made cannon

Police have arrested a 39-year-old American man suspected of killing his girlfriend by shooting a home-made cannon into a room of their remote California trailer home.

GB gold medal hope Alistair Brownlee suffers Achilles injury

Olympic triathlon hopeful Alistair Brownlee has been dealt a setback in his preparations for London 2012 by suffering an Achilles injury.

Former athlete Steve Ovett

Ryan Gregson: They all say I look like Ovett – and I get a real kick out of that

On The Road To 2012: Postcard from Wollongong

Travel Challenge: A Californian fly-drive holiday

Each week we invite three companies to offer us their best deal for a specific holiday. Today: a two-week road trip in California. Prices are per person, based on two people travelling together. Each includes car hire, room-only accommodation and flights from Heathrow on Monday 5 March.

Woman sues Honda over hybrid claims

A woman who expected her high-tech hybrid to be a high-mileage machine wants car maker Honda to pay for not delivering the 50mpg it promised.

Child killed by police in pre-election clashes

A child has been shot dead by police during clashes between supporters of rival political camps in the Democratic Republic of Congo ahead of next month's election, according to the government and the UN.

Bangkok flood defences hold against high tides

The complex network of flood defences shielding Thailand's capital from the worst floods in nearly 60 years mostly held today as coastal high tides hit their peak. While the city centre was protected, Bangkok's northern outskirts remained inundated along with much of the rest of the country.

Free Willy - his rights under the US constitution are being violated

PETA says that park has violated provision banning slavery in the United States

Mixed messages over flood threat to Bangkok

The threat of floods inundating Thailand's capital could ease by early next month as record-high water levels in the river carrying torrents downstream from the country's north begin to decline, officials said yesterday.

Something to declare

Warning of the week

Something to declare: Going east? Check your watch; Franche-Comté;

Russian time stands still; Go west in BA's posh seats; easyJet's new route to Kefallonia

Pullman's spat with council over library cuts, the sequel

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the library, an ongoing war of words has reignited between Oxfordshire County Council and the author Philip Pullman over proposed cutbacks.

Thrills and spills in America’s Cup World Series

Three capsizes and a fourth of the nine boats limping home hurt provided the thrills and spills which are the selling point of the America’s Cup World Series.

Stem cells give hope for rare species

Scientists have taken the first tentative steps towards conserving some of the world's most endangered species with the help of stem-cell technology, which could lead to the generation of sperm and eggs from skin cells.

Williams takes the lead in World Match Race Tour

Australia’s Torvar Mirsky took the top prize without putting in a tack in anger but, just by finishing third, Britain’s Ian Williams has taken over the lead of the 2011 World Match Race Tour.

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Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project