Iranian killer’s execution halted at last minute by victim’s parents

Convict had noose around his neck when victim’s mother approached, slapped him in the face and spared his life. Full story

Photograph: Arash Khamooshi /Isna

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Above: Kangaroo sunbathing at Hangzhou zoo, China. Photograph: Imaginechina/Rex Features

Man who removed Banksy artwork says he has received death threats

A youth centre leader who removed a Banksy artwork from a wall said he has received death threats over the issue.

David Stinchcombe, the leader of Broad Plain and Riverside Youth Project, plans to sell the piece, Mobile Lovers, to raise funds for the financially struggling project. Full story

Photograph: Ben Birchall/PA

Nato to step up presence near Russian borders

Nato has announced it is stepping up its presence around Russian borders to reassure eastern European member states, in an effort also aimed at increasing pressure on Moscow before international talks on the Ukrainian crisis on Thursday in Geneva.

Nato chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said:

We will have more planes in the air, more ships on the water, and more readiness on the land. 

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Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters

How Mad Men changed the way men dress

onathan Heaf describes how Don Draper helped a generation of ageing hipsters grow up gracefully, while Lauren Cochrane sums up the style influence of the other principal players, from perfect pyjamas to outlandish prints. Read more

Lawyers for the accused Boston Marathon bomber are due to ask a judge to dismiss some of the charges against him and to ease restrictions on him in prison.

Lawyers for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will also ask the judge to order prosecutors to hand over more information on the defendant’s family as they seek to build a case that could limit his blame for the attack. Full story

“The west should have taken steps to make absolutely sure that eastern Ukraine would not fall too. That required a big stick, and big carrots too – or at least some subtle diplomacy. Instead we got utterly meaningless sanctions aimed at the wrong people (Putin’s big-business cronies do not determine his foreign policies).”
Angus Roxburgh: The west is obliged to defend Ukraine – and Putin must know what that means.

The human cost of the Bangladeshi garment industry

How did the clothes you’re wearing get to you? We trace the human cost of the Bangladeshi garment industry in video, words and pictures. View the interactive