Ruth Pollard 2:59 PM Of the first 90 Assyrians kidnapped by Islamic State this week, many were members of Atur Aisak's family. Ruth Pollard reports from the war zone.
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David Blair 4:48 PM Rebuilding the Gaza Strip after last year's 50-day war with Israel will take at least a century at current rates of progress, Oxfam has warned.
Pak Yiu 4:40 PM Former Hong Kong beautician Law Wan-tung, 44, looked stunned when she was found guilty of 18 of 20 abuse charges and sentenced to six years in prison and fined HK$15,000 ($2,480).
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Mohammed Emwazi was an 'extremely kind, extremely gentle' young man radicalised by MI5: UK advocacy group CAGE
Nick Miller 3:26 PM Mohammed Emwazi, now identified as the Islamic State’s notorious executioner ‘Jihadi John’, followed a familiar trajectory from a ‘beautiful young man’ to an alienated and radicalised victim of persecution by MI5, a British advocacy group claims.
Ruth Pollard 2:59 PM On the front line in the war against Islamic State, Kurds, Assyrians and Arabs fear for their loved ones but are determined to stay and fight.
2:43 PM A German hospital nurse has been sentenced to life in prison for murdering two patients who were victims of a suspected wider killing spree that he says claimed 30 lives.
Andrew Roth 2:15 PM Ukraine's military has announced it would begin withdrawing some heavy artillery from separatist-held territory in the country's south-east.
1:48 PM Ireland has became the first European Union member state to pass a law introducing mandatory plain packaging for tobacco products, prompting the tobacco industry to threaten legal action.
Elahe Izadi 1:29 PM A massive, winged creature is on the prowl, swooping down and attacking the good people of the northern Dutch town of Purmerend and sending them to the hospital.
1:25 PM The family of Steven Sotloff, an American-Israeli journalist murdered by the Islamic State group, say they are relishing seeing his killer face justice.
Michael Roddy 12:41 PM The eminent but anonymous British artist known as Banksy has posted a mini-documentary on his wesite showing squalid conditions in Gaza six months after the end of the war there.
12:34 PM An Argentine judge has dismissed the case against President Cristina Kirchner for allegedly shielding Iranian officials from prosecution over the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish centre.
Kartikay Mehrotra 11:55 AM Inflammatory moves by Hindu groups give Mr Modi's opponents an excuse to delay his economic proposals in a parliamentary session that began this week, from passing a national sales tax to making it easier to buy land.
Andrew Jacobs and Chris Buckley 11:04 AM These are perilous days for independent civic groups in China, especially those that take on politically contentious causes like workers' rights, legal advocacy and discrimination against people with AIDS.
Nick Miller 10:51 AM New York fashion designer Diane Pernet wants to bottle her desire to embrace koalas and market it as a perfume.
10:49 AM A US blogger of Bangladeshi origin has been hacked to death in Dhaka by unidentified assailants, police say, with his family saying the writer had received numerous threats from Islamist militants.
Martin Evans 10:43 AM Victims label report a 'whitewash' after it finds disc jockey Jimmy Savile abused 63 patients at a British hospital but fails to hold any senior managers responsible.
8:10 AM The Siberian crater saga is more widespread — and scarier — than anyone thought.
Isabel Coles and Saif Hameed 8:08 AM Ultra-radical Islamist militants in northern Iraq have destroyed a priceless collection of statues and sculptures from the ancient Assyrian era, inflicting what an archaeologist described as incalculable damage to a piece of shared human history.
7:59 AM A natural cooling of the Pacific Ocean has contributed to slow global warming in the past decade but the pause is unlikely to last much longer, US scientists said.
Elizabeth Warren 7:55 AM The United States is in the final stages of negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a massive free-trade agreement with Mexico, Canada, Japan, Singapore and seven other countries. Who will benefit from the TPP? American workers? Consumers? Small businesses? Taxpayers? Or the biggest multinational corporations in the world?
Ali M. Latifi 7:50 AM Rescue helicopters and trucks loaded with relief supplies struggle to reach victims in snow-logged mountain terrain.