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Virtual "killing sprees" in Iran and Iraq led to a spike in the number of executions globally last year, according to Amnesty International, at odds with a steady decline in the use of the death penalty around the world over the last two decades.
The parents of a young man killed in a street fight halt the execution of the convicted killer -- seconds before he was to be hanged in front of a large crowd.
Families of girls kidnapped from school by suspected Boko Haram militants are accusing the Nigerian military of lying. Despite the military's claims that nearly all the girls are now free, nearly all of them are still being held, the families said Thursday.
If no traces of MH370 are found in the south Indian Ocean, officials plan to review the operation and decide a way forward, Malaysia's acting transport minister said Thursday.
Columbus Short's wife swears the "Scandal" actor threatened to kill her and himself with a knife last week.
It's like finding a needle in a universe-wide haystack. Researchers have located a planet the size of Earth that could be habitable.
Jews in one Ukrainian city were were sent notes "indicating that they have to identify themselves as Jews," U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday.
Diplomats from Russia, Ukraine, the U.S. and the EU issued a statement calling for illegal armed groups to be disarmed and for seized buildings to be returned to their owners. Secretary of State Kerry says now the words must lead to action.
There are 276 people -- many of them high school students -- trapped inside the capsized five-story ship, authorities believe. Some could still be alive, they say.
The murderer was seconds from death, a noose around his neck. Then the mother of his victim climbed up on the gallows. A photographer talks about what happened then.
Frans Hofmeester made a time-lapse video by filming his son Vince every week, from birth until 11 years old.
One year ago, death and devastation came to the town of West, Texas, when a fertilizer plant exploded. Today the town is more united than ever.
Despite its long list of wrongs, Chicago's residents say there's still a lot that's right with the city.
A passenger describes women screaming in the darkness. A father learns his child is trapped. A son, fearing death, tells his mother he loves her.
Miley Cyrus could be in celebrity sick bay for another three weeks because of an "extreme allergic reaction" to an antibiotic, her representative said Thursday.