article 24 August 2014 UK, United States
Ice bucket challenge - who'll be the spoilsport?

George W Bush has done it, but Barack Obama won't budge. David Cameron has just been nominated to get soaked in ice-cold water too - so who'll be first to step up to the bucket?

article 13 August 2014 World, Iraq
Syria map as Islamic State advances in Syria
by Heading for Armageddon? Islamic State advances in Syria

Islamic State Twitter accounts report a major victory in Syria, bringing the jihadist group closer to the Turkish border - and an ancient town associated with the countdown to Armageddon.

article 04 August 2014 UK
World War One FCO tweets
WWI anniversary: the road to war - in tweets

The Foreign Office tweets extracts from diplomatic telegrams, dispatches and letters in real time to mark the start of world war one, 100 years on. Here are just some of the key moments.

article 01 August 2014 UK, Israel
Protester holds banner during an anti-Israel demonstration in London
Simon Israel by Is anti-Semitism on the rise in Britain?

As a crop of Hitler-related hashtags emerge on social media over the past month, Simon Israel asks whether there is a rise in anti-Semitism in Britain.

article 30 July 2014 World, Turkey
Turkish women say #kahkaha to minister's 'laughing ban'

A laughing matter? Pictures of women chuckling and guffawing sweep Twitter in protest at Turkey's deputy prime minister, who says women should not laugh in public.

post 21 July 2014
Read more from Paul Mason on his blog Why Israel is losing the social media war over Gaza

For the first time in a major Arab-Israeli conflict, the world has access to non-traditional sources of reality such as Twitter - and it means Israel is losing the battle for hearts and minds.

article 02 July 2014 World, United States
Tim Howard (picture: Getty)
Private Ryan and the dinosaurs: what could Tim Howard save?

The USA might be out of the World Cup, but an inspired performance from goalkeeper Tim Howard has earned him the best respect Twitter can offer  the hashtag #thingstimhowardcouldsave.

article 17 June 2014 World, Iraq
Still from Isis video
by #Jihad: how Isis is using social media to win support

The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (Isis) is not just battling its way into the cities of Iraq  it is also fighting for global support and action via a major social media campaign.

article 14 June 2014 World, Spain
Netherlands goes nuts after World Cup demolition of Spain

Fans of the Netherlands took Twitter by storm after their team beat Spain 5-1 in their opening World Cup match - here are a few of the more tasteful creations we're able to share.