Heightened security measures include a ban on backpacks in the race corridor

Thousands to run in 118th Boston Marathon

12.07 Thousands of runners from around the world will take part in the Boston Marathon later today, a year after three people died and 264 were injured when two homemade bombs were detonated at the race's finish line.

Hawaiian Airlines said the teenager was 'exceptionally lucky' to have survived

Teenage stowaway survives Hawaiian flight

09.05 A teenage boy who ran away from home survived a five-hour flight in the freezing wheel well of a jetliner that reached 11,582 metres as it travelled from California to Hawaii, the FBI said.

Planned vote has been described as a 'parody of democracy'

Syria sets date for presidential election

12.04 Syria will hold a presidential election on 3 June 3 in a vote likely to give President Bashar al-Assad a third term days after he said his forces were winning the country's civil war.

Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter's story inspired Bob Dylan's song 'Hurricane'

US former boxer 'Hurricane' Carter dies

20 Apr Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter, a US boxer made famous by a racially-tinged wrongful murder conviction that put him behind bars for 19 years, has died. He was 76.