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ISIS sent email to Foley family before beheading

The online news publication that employed slain US journalist James Foley has published the full text of the email to his family from his Islamist militant captors in which they said they would execute him in retaliation for US airstrikes. Boston-based GlobalPost said the Foley family had agreed to release the email that it received from Islamic State a...

  • Afghan government bans NYT reporter from leaving country

    The Afghan attorney general's office has barred a New York Times reporter from leaving the country after the paper ran a story about ministry and palace officials discussing plans to form an interim government if an election deadlock...

  • Islamic State video purports to show beheading of US journalist

    Islamic State video purports to show beheading of US journalist

    Islamic State insurgents have posted a video purportedly showing the beheading of US journalist James Foley and images of another US journalist whose life they said depended on how the United States acts in Iraq. The video, titled "A Message To...

  • Gaza truce breaks, talks collapse after air strikes

    Gaza truce breaks, talks collapse after air strikes

    Israel said Palestinian militants fired rockets from Gaza yesterday in violation of a truce, attacks that swiftly drew air strikes and the recall of Israeli negotiators from talks in Cairo on a long-term ceasefire. Three rockets struck southern...

  • Rockets target rich Tripoli neighbourhoods

    Libyan militiamen fired rockets into an affluent district of Tripoli early yesterday, moving a battle with a rival armed faction closer to the centre of the capital after fighters on one side came under air attack. Rebel groups that united to...

  • Child day trip crash

    Child day trip crash

    A trip to the seaside for a group of British children could have turned into a tragedy when a coach crashed and overturned on a motorway. The youngsters and accompanying adults were on their way to the Somerset resort of Weston-super-Mare for the...

  • Arrest in British port container death case

    British police yesterday arrested a man over the death of an immigrant found in a container at Tilbury Docks, Essex. The 34-year-old, from Limavady, Northern Ireland, was arrested just after midday at Banbridge on the A1, Essex Police said. He was...

  • Saddam hometown still under IS control

    Saddam hometown still under IS control

    Iraqi forces halted a short-lived offensive yesterday to recapture Tikrit, home town of executed dictator Saddam Hussein, due to fierce resistance from Islamic State fighters who have also threatened to attack Americans “in any place”. In Geneva,...

  • Political progress over Ukraine as gun battle breaks out in centre of Donetsk

    Political progress over Ukraine as gun battle breaks out in centre of Donetsk

    A gun battle broke out in the centre of the rebel-held Ukrainian city of Donetsk and residents ran for cover from artillery fire yesterday, taking a government military offensive into the heart of the retreating pro-Moscow rebellion. Meanwhile,...

  • Ship in Med neutralises 600 metric tons of Syria weapons

    A specially equipped US ship has finished neutralising all 600 metric tons of the most dangerous of Syria’s chemical weapons components surrendered to the international community this year to avert threatened air strikes, the Pentagon said on...

  • Pope Francis: I only have a few years left

    Pope Francis: I only have a few years left

    The Pope has hinted that he may not be the head of the global Catholic Church for much longer, claiming he may die or retire within “two or three years”. While on a flight back to the Vatican from a five-day visit to South Korea, a reporter asked...

  • Pontiff’s grief at relatives’ deaths

    Pope Francis was deeply grieved, the Vatican’s official broadcasting service said yesterday, after three relatives died when their car slammed into the back of a grain truck on a highway in central Argentina. His nephew, Emanuel Bergoglio, who was...

  • Ebola’s death toll hits 1,200

    Ebola’s death toll hits 1,200

    Liberia battled yesterday to halt the spread of the Ebola disease in its crowded, run-down oceanside capital Monrovia, recording the latest deaths, as fatalities from the world’s worst outbreak of the deadly virus rose above 1,200. The epidemic of...

  • Police arrest 31 in Ferguson, US

    Police arrest 31 in Ferguson, US

    US police said early yesterday they came under heavy gunfire and arrested 31 people during another night of racially charged protests in Ferguson, Missouri, sparked by the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman 10 days...

  • Drawings linked to intelligence

    Drawings linked to intelligence

    A four-year-old’s people-drawing ability provides an indicator of his or her intelligence at age 14, scientists have found. Parents might laugh at their child’s quaint crayon scribbles, but the balloon heads and stick-like limbs have a serious...

  • Cosmonauts launch satellite

    Cosmonauts launch satellite

    A pair of Russian cosmonauts began their work week floating outside the International Space Station to toss out a small satellite for a university in Peru, install science experiments and tackle some housekeeping chores. First out of the hatch was...

  • Jackie Chan’s son held in drug bust

    Jackie Chan’s son held in drug bust

    Hong Kong action superstar Jackie Chan’s actor-son Jaycee Chan has been detained in Beijing on drug-related charges. The 31-year-old is the latest high-profile celebrity to be ensnared in one of China’s biggest anti-drug crackdowns in two...

  • Gisele Bundchen is highest-paid model

    Gisele Bundchen is highest-paid model

    With estimated earnings of $47 million during the past year from lucrative contracts and other business ventures, Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen is the world’s highest-paid model for the eighth consecutive year, Forbes.com said. The...

  • Veteran US broadcaster Don Pardo dies at 96

    Veteran broadcaster Don Pardo, the seldom-seen, booming-voiced announcer for NBC’s television sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live for nearly 40 years, died aged 96, the New York Times and other media reported. Pardo, who began his...

  • Time on their hands

    Time on their hands

    Cleaners abseil down one of the faces of Big Ben, to clean and polish the clock face, above the Houses of Parliament, in central London yesterday. A week has been set aside for the cleaning of what is officially known as the Great Clock, which is...

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    Sweden’s Social Affairs Minister had a pie thrown in his face while campaigning for next month’s parliamentary election. The incident happened in Gothenburg, Sweden’s second-largest city, where Goran Hagglund (picture) was giving a campaign speech...