People gather to protest the resumption of federal executions near the US Penitentiary and execution chamber in Terre Haute, Indiana, US. Photograph: Tannen Maury/EPA

The US government has carried out the first federal execution in almost two decades, putting to death a man who killed an Arkansas family in the 1990s(...)

John Walker Lindh in a photograph made available in 2002, and (right)  a photo of Lindh from the records of the Arabia Hassani Kalan Surani Bannu madrassa (religious school) in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Bannu. Photograph:  Tariq Mahmood/AFP/Getty Images

John Walker Lindh, the American captured in Afghanistan in 2001 fighting for the Taliban and who is now an Irish citizen, was freed early from federal(...)

James “Whitey” Bulger, the crime boss and law enforcement informant from Boston, who was killed in Hazelton prison in October. Photograph:  US Marshal Service via The New York Times

An unusual murder mystery is playing out inside the Hazelton penitentiary in West Virginia. The prime suspects – inmates – are already locked up. The (...)

Former mob boss James ‘Whitey’ Bulger is seen in a combination of booking mug photos.

James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, one of Boston’s most notorious mobsters, was found dead on Tuesday after being transferred to a federal prison in West Virginia(...)