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  • Hostage family 'grieving privately'

    Relatives of freelance journalist Steven Sotloff are aware of a new video purporting to show his beheading by Islamic State militants. In a two-sentence statement today, family spokesman Barak Barfi said Mr Sotloff's family "knows of this horrific...

  • US reporter 'beheaded by militants'

    US reporter 'beheaded by militants'

    An internet video has been released purporting to show the beheading of US journalist Steven Sotloff by the Islamic State group. Mr Sotloff, who freelanced for Time and Foreign Policy magazines, had last been seen in Syria in August 2013 until he...

  • Ebola patient escapes Liberia quarantine, chased in market

    Ebola patient escapes Liberia quarantine, chased in market

    A man escaped from an Ebola quarantine centre in Monrovia and sent local people fleeing in fear as he walked through a local market in search of food. The patient, who wore a tag showing he had tested positive for Ebola, held a stick and tried to...

  • Memorial to Nazis' disabled victims

    Memorial to Nazis' disabled victims

    Germany has inaugurated a memorial to more than 200,000 people with physical and mental disabilities who were killed by the Nazis after their lives were deemed "worthless". The memorial in Berlin is close to monuments to the Jewish Holocaust...

  • Ebola outbreak 'hits food prices'

    Food in countries hit by Ebola is getting more expensive and will become scarcer because many farmers will not be able to access fields, a UN food agency has warned. An Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed more than 1,500 people, and...

  • Pakistan parliament in crisis talks

    Pakistan parliament in crisis talks

    Pakistan's lawmakers have held an emergency session over the political crisis roiling the country as thousands of anti-government protesters remained camped out in front of the parliament building, demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resign. The...

  • Uber cab service banned in Germany

    Uber cab service banned in Germany

    A court has issued an injunction barring ridesharing service Uber from operating in Germany, the latest shot in the company's fight with taxi drivers. Frankfurt state court spokesman Arne Hasse said the decision that Uber cannot offer its services...

  • Putin Kiev remarks 'out of context'

    Putin Kiev remarks 'out of context'

    A Russian official has complained that EU Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso breached confidentiality when he quoted President Vladimir Putin as saying that Moscow could take over Kiev in two weeks if it wished. Presidential aide Yuri...

  • Peru makes record cocaine haul

    Peru makes record cocaine haul

    Peruvian police have put on display what they call the largest cocaine haul ever in the South American nation. The 7.7 metric tons of cocaine were flown to the capital Lima on Monday after being seized in a raid last week. Officers wearing white...

  • FBI and Apple probe photos hack

    Apple and the FBI are investigating an online hack that led to the posting of hundreds of explicit photos of some of Hollywood's most famous female stars. The leak saw British names including model Cara Delevigne and former Downton Abbey actress...

  • History lessons as Poland and Germany mark start of WW2

    History lessons as Poland and Germany mark start of WW2

    Polish and German presidents say Ukraine and Russia must learn from history at a World War II memorial event. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

  • Migrant children in Australia 'treated as baby convicts'

    Migrant children in Australia 'treated as baby convicts'

    Children in institutions in Northern Ireland were exported to Australia like "baby convicts", a witness has told a public inquiry into historical abuse. The Sisters of Nazareth order of Catholic nuns was responsible for the removal of 111 child...

  • Britain unveils powers to strip suspected Islamist fighters of passports

    Britain unveils powers to strip suspected Islamist fighters of passports

    PM David Cameron announced plans to strip suspected Islamist militants of passports temporarily, to combat the threat posed by radicalised Britons returning from Syria and Iraq. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

  • Parliament reappoints Libyan Prime Minister

    Parliament reappoints Libyan Prime Minister

    Libya’s Parliament reappointed Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni yesterday as the government lost control of ministries in the capital where armed groups have taken over and a separate parliament has claimed legitimacy. In another sign of the oil...

  • Disruptive Hong Kong protests loom, China rules out democracy

    Disruptive Hong Kong protests loom, China rules out democracy

    Hong Kong police used pepper spray to disperse pro-democracy activists yesterday as the Asian financial centre braces for a wave of disruptive protests against China’s decision to rule out full democracy. China’s National People’s Congress (NPC)...

  • Ukraine rebels want talks to provide ‘special status’

    Ukraine rebels want talks to provide ‘special status’

    Pro-Russia separatists sat down for preliminary Ukraine peace talks yesterday due to resume later this week in the Belarussian capital Minsk, saying they would be prepared to stay part of Ukraine if they were granted “special status”. The meeting...

  • Nato to create new ‘spearhead’ force, able to respond to crises

    Nato to create new ‘spearhead’ force, able to respond to crises

    Nato leaders will respond to the Ukraine crisis by agreeing this week to create a “spearhead” rapid reaction force, potentially including several thousand troops, that could be sent to a hotspot in as little as two days, officials said...

  • ‘IS fighters in Iraq attack on unimaginable scale’

    ‘IS fighters in Iraq attack on unimaginable scale’

    Islamist fighters have carried out atrocities on “an unimaginable scale” in months of fighting with Iraqi forces, who have also killed detainees and shelled civilian areas, a UN official said yesterday. There is “strong evidence” Islamic State and...

  • Britain unveils powers to strip Islamist militants of passports

    Britain unveils powers to strip Islamist militants of passports

    British Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday announced plans to strip suspected Islamist militants of their passports temporarily, to combat the threat posed by radicalised Britons returning from Syria and Iraq. The proposals come days after...

  • Pakistan violence

    Pakistan violence

    Anti-government protesters beating a riot policeman after clashes during the Revolution March in Islamabad yesterday. Pakistan is preparing to launch a selective crackdown against anti-government protesters trying to bring down the government of...

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