Adoptive killer-parents may face death penalty

US prosecutors have announced that they will be seeking the death penalty for an American couple accused of beating their adopted Russian son to death.

The seven-year-old boy, who was taken from an orphanage along with his twin sister in 2003, died from brain trauma last year.

The child suffered 80 external injuries and was also malnourished.

Earlier this month, Russia suspended all adoptions of children by foreigners until international agreements ensuring the safety of children are signed.