Samereh Alinejad slaps Balal as he stands on the gallows awaiting execution for Alinejad's son's murder

Iranian killer spared from death as victim's mother prevents execution

An Iranian mother spared the life of her son’s convicted murderer with an emotional slap in the face as he awaited execution with the noose around his neck, a newspaper reported. This story is enriched with multi-media content

Picture; AP

Top pathologist hired by Pistorius refuses to testify

A star pathologist hired by Oscar Pistorius has said he will not testify at the athlete’s murder trial, another blow for the defence after a week of savage cross-examination.

A relative of a passenger aboard a sunken ferry weeps at a port in Jindo, South Korea.  Picture: AP

Captain ‘ashamed’ of leaving ferry before passengers

The captain of the South Korean ferry that capsized off the southwest coast was facing a criminal investigation amid unconfirmed reports that he was one of the first people to jump to safety as the vessel began sinking. This story is enriched with multi-media content


Hallucinating man shot wife on phone to police

A woman was shot dead by her husband 15 minutes into a frantic phone call to 911, during which she told police he was hallucinating and asking her to shoot him. This story is enriched with multi-media content

Floribeth Mora, who says she was cured of a serious brain condition by a miracle attributed to late Pope John Paul II, was told to go home and prepare herself to die.  Picture: Hector Retamal

Image of John Paul II healed brain aneurysm, claims Costa Rican woman

Call her the miracle lady on the hill — one with a brain aneurysm whose healing was declared a miracle, clearing the way for the late John Paul II to become a saint.