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British journalist John Cantlie shown in IS video

A man identified as British journalist John Cantlie has purportedly appeared as a captive of Islamic State militants in a video posted by the organisation's supporters online. The Islamic State group, which controls territory in Syria and Iraq,...

  • US pledges 3,000 troops to fight Ebola epidemic

    US pledges 3,000 troops to fight Ebola epidemic

    The United States has pledged to send 3,000 troops to West Africa, using its military muscle to battle the biggest ever outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, with an unprecedented mission to build treatment clinics and train health...

  • Hunger is easing but 1 in 9 people undernourished

    The number of hungry people in the world has fallen sharply over the past decade but 805 million, or one in nine of the global population, still do not have enough to eat, three UN food and agriculture agencies said yesterday. The number of...

  • Scotland’s vote will have an impact on whole of EU

    Scotland’s vote will have an impact on whole of EU

    Whatever the outcome of tomorrow’s Scottish referendum on independence, the shape of Europe is changing as power ebbs away from old nation states, sparking a backlash in some places. If Scots vote Yes to splitting from England after 307 years of...

  • 10 million are ‘legal ghosts’

    10 million are ‘legal ghosts’

    The UN is to launch an ambitious campaign to eradicate statelessness within a decade, ending the plight of some 10 million people referred to as ‘legal ghosts’ or ‘invisibles’, a senior UN official said. “It’s an anachronism that we have in the...

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    A goldfish in Australia is recovering from surgery after a life-threatening tumour was removed from its brain in a “high-risk” operation. George, whose owner lives in Melbourne, was put under general anaesthetic for the $200 dollar procedure, the...

  • US to send 3,000 troops to Liberia to fight Ebola

    US to send 3,000 troops to Liberia to fight Ebola

    The United States has pledged to send 3,000 troops to West Africa, using its military muscle to battle the biggest ever outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, with an unprecedented mission to build treatment clinics and train health...

  • French chefs seek to put banned songbird back on menu - Cabs team attacked 'gangster style'

    French chefs seek to put banned songbird back on menu - Cabs team attacked 'gangster style'

    Four French chefs are requesting a waiver to serve a long-banned delicacy - a small songbird called the Ortolan that fans including late President Francois Mitterrand used to devour, bones and all, while wearing a napkin over their heads. The...

  • Death sentence woman kept her faith

    The Sudanese woman imprisoned for refusing to reject Christianity has said she was resolved to keep her faith even if it meant death. Meriam Ibrahim, who now lives in Manchester, New Hampshire, in the US, was sentenced to death over charges of...

  • Motorcyclist filmed his own fatal crash

    Motorcyclist filmed his own fatal crash

    The family of a motorcyclist who filmed his own fatal accident have released the footage in a bid to encourage motorcyclists to slow down, particularly at junctions. The dramatic film, captured on a head-cam fitted to the rider’s helmet, shows...

  • Belgian rapist granted right to die

    A convicted rapist and murderer who has been imprisoned for almost three decades has been granted the right to die after doctors agreed his psychological condition was incurable, a Belgian official said. Belgium's justice minister approved Frank...

  • One dead in court building shooting

    Shots have been fired inside a court building in the Danish capital Copenhagen, killing one person and seriously wounding a second. A suspect has been arrested and a shotgun has been seized, police said in a statement. There was no information on...

  • Russian rouble hits record low

    Russia's currency has dropped to an all-time low against the US dollar as it continues to suffer from the fallout of economic sanctions. The United States and the European Union last week imposed a new round of sanctions against Russia for its...

  • Salmond a likely winner whichever way Scots vote on independence

    Salmond a likely winner whichever way Scots vote on independence

    Alex Salmond wields no claymore sword and appears only sparingly in a kilt, and yet he has brought Scotland closer to independence than any Scottish warrior since union with England more than 300 years ago. Dressed typically in a business suit,...

  • 33 million access Apple's U2 album

    Apple says 33 million iTunes account holders have accessed U2's free album. Company senior vice president Eddy Cue gave the first usage numbers for the surprise Songs Of Freedom release by the company. Apple gave the album to 500 million iTunes...

  • Death sentence woman kept her faith

    Death sentence woman kept her faith

    The Sudanese woman imprisoned for refusing to reject Christianity has she was resolved to keep her faith even if it meant death. Meriam Ibrahim, who now lives in Manchester, New Hampshire, in the US, was sentenced to death over charges of...

  • Obama sends troops to fight Ebola

    Obama sends troops to fight Ebola

    The Obama administration is preparing to send 3,000 US troops to West Africa to combat the Ebola crisis that has overwhelmed local health care systems. The military personnel will supply medical and logistical support and boost the number of beds...

  • First airstrikes in wider IS fight

    The United States has taken the first step in its expanded fight against Islamic State (IS) militants, going to the aid of Iraqi security forces near Baghdad who were being attacked by enemy fighters. The US Central Command said it conducted two...

  • France opens conference on fight against jihadists

    France opens conference on fight against jihadists

    French President Francois Hollande called yesterday for united international action to tackle the threat from Islamic State militants as he opened a conference on Iraq bringing together members of a US-led coalition. The US this week unveiled an...

  • Islamic State attracting Muslim females from the US heartland

    Islamic State attracting Muslim females from the US heartland

    US law enforcement is investigating a new phenomenon of women from the American heartland joining Islamic State as President Barack Obama vows to cut off the militants’ recruiting at home. At least three Somali families in the Minneapolis – St...

  • British tourists murdered on Thailand beach

    British tourists murdered on Thailand beach

    Two British tourists have been found dead on a beach in southern Thailand following a “gruesome” attack. Thai police described the two as a 23-year-old woman from Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, and a 24-year-old man from Jersey. Their bodies were...