US commandos tried to rescue James Foley and other hostages

Michael Shear A USSpecial Operations team tried and failed to rescue James Foley and other Americans held hostage in Syria during a secret mission earlier this year.

Islamic State makes true on 'blood' threat, killing US journalist James Foley

Photo: Manu Brabo shows James Foley who reported in the Middle East for five years. IMAGE SOURCE

Ruth Pollard Just hours after the US announced it would begin air strikes on militants in the north of Iraq, a propaganda video from the Islamic State emerged online with the warning: “We will drown you in...

China chides US over Ferguson violence, American racism

A citizen peacekeeper tries to keep protesters back as police advance.

Stuart Leavenworth China, a country with its own ethnic tensions and record of excessive police action, remained quiet during the first week of clashes between protesters and law enforcement in Ferguson, Missouri.

Islamic State beheads US journalist James Foley: claim

A still from a video purporting to show the execution of journalist James Foley.

Islamic State insurgents who control territory in Iraq and Syria released a video on Tuesday purportedly showing the beheading of US journalist James Foley, who had gone missing in Syria nearly two...

Dozens arrested as US police come under fire in Ferguson, Missouri

Police fired tear gas in another night of unrest in Ferguson.

Scott Malone and Ellen Wulfhorst Police came under "heavy gunfire" and 31 people were arrested, authorities said on Tuesday, during racially charged protests in Ferguson, Missouri sparked by the fatal shooting of an unarmed black...

US air strikes hit Islamic State near Mosul dam

A Peshmerga fighter monitors the area in Bashiqa, near Mosul.

Sandra Maler The United States has conducted air strikes in Iraq against Islamic State fighters near the Kurdish capital of Erbil and the Mosul dam, the US Central Command said.

US Republicans enter fake news business

The Republican Party is funding fake news sites.

At first glance, the "Central Valley Update", the "Augusta Update" and the "Aurora Update" appear to be doing what any news site would do: hold local candidates accountable.

Daughter may face firing squad over US tourist murdered in Bali

Heather Mack in custody in a police station in Denpasar.

Michael Bachelard A young woman and her boyfriend may face an Indonesian firing squad after allegedly killing the woman’s mother and stuffing her body into a suitcase in a luxury Bali resort.

Ferguson protests lay bare the militarisation of US police

 A police officer keeps watch over demonstrators in Ferguson.

Jamelle Bouie Ferguson police are treating demonstrators – and residents writ large – as a population to occupy, not citizens to protect.

US condemns 'provocative' Russian activity

A Ukrainian serviceman guards a checkpoint outside Donetsk.

The White House has urged Moscow to stop its "extremely dangerous and provocative" attempts to destabilise Ukraine, where tensions have soared again in the past 24 hours.

Clashes erupt as neighbourhood of 75,000 people quarantined to contain Ebola in Liberia

A Liberian Army soldier beats a local resident while enforcing an Ebola quarantine in Monrovia.

Norimitsu Onishi Soldiers and police blocked roads to a neighbourhood in Monrovia and residents hurled rocks and stormed barricades trying to break out.

Ferguson riots: 'It’s like a switch is flipped' during night protests after 47 people arrested: police chief

A policeman charges into the media work area with automatic rifle at ready as  officers try to control demonstrators protesting the killing of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

Carol D. Leonnig, Krissah Thompson and Wesley Lowery Ferguson, Missouri: As darkness fell Tuesday, police and protesters braced for a repeat of late-night confrontations 11 days after an officer killed an unarmed black teenager.

Obama: Islamic State 'has no ideology of any value to human beings'

Diane and John Foley, parents of the US journalist James Foley, talk to reporters after speaking with US President Barack Obama.

Nick O'Malley An angry Barack Obama has called on governments and people from across the Middle East to unite to “extract” the “cancer” that is the Islamic State.

Obama says beheading of James Foley 'shocked the conscience' of the world, urges joint effort


Alexander Dziadosz US President Barack Obama called for a joint effort to eliminate the "cancer" of jihadist terror in Iraq and Syria on Wednesday, after Islamic State militants murdered an American journalist.

James Foley death sparks manhunt to find British jihadist

Killer: the hunt is on for the man who beheaded James Foley.

Chris Zappone The race is on to identify the jihadist militant with the British accent who spoke in the gruesome beheading video of US journalist James Foley.

Brutal beheading of James Foley an attempt to provoke ground invasion of Iraq and Syria

FILE - In this Friday, May 27, 2011, file photo, journalist James Foley poses for a photo during an interview with The Associated Press, in Boston. A video released by Islamic State militants that purports to show the killing of Foley by the militant group was released Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. Foley, from Rochester, N.H., went missing in 2012 in northern Syria while on assignment for Agence France-Press and the Boston-based media company GlobalPost. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Tom Allard The purpose of the horrific video of the beheading of US photojournalist James Foley seems straightforward - to terrify the US into halting its aerial bombardment of the militant group.

Ice Bucket Challenge pioneer Corey Griffin drowns in diving accident


One of the pioneers of the ice bucket challenge, a charity fundraising phenomenon that has gone viral online, has drowned in an accident in the US.

US mulling mass evacuation of Yazidis trapped on Mount Sinjar

Displaced Yazidi children, as their community flees violence from ISIL in Sinjar.

Nick O'Malley The United States is considering leading a mass evacuation of civilians trapped on Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq by Sunni extremists in an operation that could see its military engagement extended.

Third day of US strikes in Iraq spur Kurd fightback against Islamic State

Kurdish peshmerga troops fight back against Islamic State militants.

Iraq's Kurdish peshmerga, buoyed by US air strikes, have reclaimed two towns from jihadist fighters, while Western powers ramped up efforts to save displaced civilians stranded on a mountain.

Obama gives full US support for creation of new Iraqi government

US President Barack Obama delivers a statement on the situation in Iraq from his vacation home at Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.

Nick O'Malley President Barack Obama thrown US support behind Iraq’s new prime minister designee, Dr Haider al-Abadi.