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article 21 August 2014
US tried to rescue Foley and other hostages in Syria
US tried to rescue Foley and other hostages in Syria (G)

US forces tried to rescue James Foley and other hostages held by Islamic State militants during a recent secret mission in Syria, say officials, but the captives were nowhere to be found.

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article 21 August 2014 UK
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Brits make up one in five visitors to assisted dying clinics

Suicide tourism is on the rise, say experts, with the number of people travelling to Switzerland for assisted dying at places like Dignitas doubling in four years.

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Read more from Jonathan Miller on his blog Gaza: wife and infant son of Hamas commander killed

A day after the collapse of the latest ceasefire in Gaza, hostilities resume between Israel and Hamas - and the wife and infant son of a Hamas commander are amongst the fatalities.

video 20 August 2014 World, Iraq

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'It was a very deep shock': James Foley friend - video

Nicole Tung, a friend of James Foley who was murdered by the Islamic State, tells Channel 4 News that she and fellow colleagues had been holding onto the hope that the US journalist would be released.

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Read more on Michael's blog Is the Lord Rennard affair really over for the Lib Dems?

It's hard to believe that at some point in the next year or two, Lord Rennard won't try to slip back into at least one of his old roles, despite the assurances of the top brass.

video 20 August 2014 UK, Syria

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Cameron: 'Likely' that Briton murdered James Foley - video

Prime Minister David Cameron says it "looks increasingly likely" that US journalist James Foley was murdered by a British citizen, but the killer has not been identified.

article 20 August 2014 World, Iraq
James Foley (Credit: Nicole Tung)
Islamic State video shows US journalist beheading

Islamic State, the jihadi group that controls parts of Iraq and Syria, releases a video showing missing US journalist James Foley being beheaded - in what it calls a "message to America".

post 20 August 2014
Read more from Tom Clarke on his blog How long did neanderthals rub shoulders with our ancestors?

Neanderthals and humans definitely got together. Around 2 per cent of our genome is 'neanderthal' DNA.

post 20 August 2014
Read more on Simon Israel's blog James Foley murder video: watch it and you risk terror charges

The gruesome video of the murder of journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants is a terrorist publication say UK police, and those viewing or sharing it risk prosecution.

post 20 August 2014
Read more from Lindsey Hilsum on her blog James Foley: the danger is this murder will not be the last

Nothing is happening by chance. If we characterise militants from Islamic State as simply barbaric and savage we are failing to understand their strategy or the extent of the danger they pose.

article 20 August 2014 World, United States
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by Ferguson and the post-TV protest: 'The media abandoned us'

We have had social media revolutions. Now it's the turn of the so-called "post-TV" protest, with clashes in Ferguson being live-streamed by demonstrators - and racking up millions of views.

article 20 August 2014 World, Syria
In his last article before he was kidnapped, James Foley reported on the
James Foley: war reporter 'drawn to the frontline naturally'

In his last article before he was kidnapped, James Foley reported on the "increasingly violent" Syrian opposition, which had been "deeply infiltrated by both foreign fighters and terrorist groups".

post 20 August 2014
Read more from Krishnan Guru-Murthy on Gurublog Why we shouldn't share - or view - the video of James Foley's murder

We don't need to see the brutal footage of the murder of journalist James Foley to know that his death was wrong. But by refusing to share it, we can diminish its propaganda value.

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Liam Dutton by Japan landslide kills dozens

A landslide on the outskirts of the city of Hiroshima, triggered by torrential rain, has left at least 27 people dead, including several children.

video 20 August 2014 UK, Iraq

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Pro-Islamic State Brit challenged on beheadings - video

Last week, we spoke Abu Rumauysah about British citizens who have travelled to Iraq and Syria to join the Islamic State. During the interview, we challenged him on the use of beheading videos by IS.

article 20 August 2014 Iraq
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Islamic State: most searched terror group on the web

Extremist group the Islamic State may claim ancient roots, but its barbaric actions and propaganda machine have made it the most searched for and tweeted about terror group on the modern web.

article 20 August 2014 World, Ukraine
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Russians pull down Ukrainian flag from Stalin landmark

Four protesters are arrested after a Ukrainian flag appears on a famous Russian landmark in Moscow and a golden Soviet star is painted blue.

article 20 August 2014 UK
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Lib Dems lift Lord Rennard's suspension

The Liberal Democrats lift Lord Rennard's suspension from the party. But one alleged victim of sexual harassment, who resigned when he was not expelled, says they are failing to stand up for women.

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Rapper Nelly in Ferguson: 'We have a choice!' - video

"We have a choice" says rapper Nelly as he joins protests in Ferguson on Tuesday to give his support to the family of Mike Brown, whose death sparked widespread protests in the Missouri town.

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US journalist James Foley, who Islamic State claims to have beheaded.

Photo credit: Nicole Tung