Pentagon: ISIS is 'beyond anything we've seen'
2014-08-22 06:32:33 UTC
Senior Pentagon officials described the Islamic State (Isis) militant group as an “apocalyptic” organisation that posed an “imminent threat” on Thursday, yet the highest ranking officer in the US military said that in the short term, it was suffic...
Former top general calls on Obama to wipe out ISIS
2014-08-21 18:46:18 UTC
An influential retired US general has called on Barack Obama to order the destruction the militant group responsible for murdering American journalist James Foley amid conflicting views in the administration on how to respond to the atrocity.
Cameron: Beheading suspect 'probably British'
2014-08-21 09:28:45 UTC
David Cameron has said it looks "increasingly likely" a man thought to have been involved in a US journalist's beheading is British, as UK police try to confirm the militant's identity.
The PM said James Foley's killing was "deeply shocking" bu...
The Ukrainian government claims wins in rebel stronghold Luhansk
2014-08-21 05:28:54 UTC
The Ukrainian government has announced control of the rebel stronghold Luhansk. The news follows a day of heavy fighting around the eastern city of Donetsk that left at least 40 people dead.
With street battles ongoing on Wednesday, Ukrainian t...
Elite US military forces 'tried to rescue James Foley'
2014-08-21 05:52:25 UTC
Elite US military forces secretly invaded Syria recently in a risky and ultimately unsuccessful attempt to free an American journalist, James Foley, before he was killed by militants with the Islamic State (Isis), the Pentagon announced on Wednesd...
Obama to James Foley's Family: 'Our hearts are broken'
2014-08-20 20:03:43 UTC
President Barack Obama denounced Islamic State (Isis) militants for murdering an American journalist in retaliation for US air strikes in Iraq, showing an anger he has rarely displayed in remarks about the Iraq conflict.
“No just god would stan...
Germany 'ready' to arm Kurdish peshmerga forces
2014-08-20 12:35:33 UTC
Germany has announced that it plans to supply northern Iraq with military equipment. The Iraqi Kurds are battling Islamic State -ISIS- fighters who have taken over a number of cities and displaced minority populations.
German Foreign Minister F...
ISIS Video Shows beheading of U.S. Journalist James Foley
2014-08-22 23:21:32 UTC
Militants from the Islamic State have released a video showing a jihadist speaking with a British accent beheading an American journalist in what it says is a revenge killing for the ongoing US air strikes in Iraq.
The chilling message in the v...
Julian Assange: I am leaving the Ecuadorian embassy soon
2014-08-18 11:02:04 UTC
Julian Assange has rebuffed reports that he is planning to leave the Ecuadorian embassy in order to hand himself in to police, saying only that he will leave "soon".
Media reports had surfaced ahead of a press conference on Monday morning sugge...
'Face-Kini': A novel way of protecting the skin from the sun
2014-08-18 04:30:27 UTC
Perhaps drawing inspiration from Spiderman, beachgoers in China's eastern city of Qingdao have come up with a novel way of protecting their skin from the sun.
They call it the "face-kini". It was first sported by middle-aged women as a practica...
Assange could go to international court of justice
2014-08-17 20:47:31 UTC
Ecuador's foreign minister has accused the British government of having no real interest in finding a diplomatic solution to the confinement of Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder who has spent more than two years in the country's embassy in Lon...
SeaWorld shares tumble 33% following Blackfish documentary
2014-08-16 17:42:56 UTC
Shares in the amusement park SeaWorld fell 33% after a 6-7% decline in the company’s revenues was forecast – with falling attendances driven in part by the negative publicity surrounding the documentary film Blackfish.
The film follows Tilikum,...
1,200 Ukraine rebels 'trained in Russia'
2014-08-16 17:16:32 UTC
One of the top rebel leaders in eastern Ukraine claims that his forces have recently received 1,200 fighters who had undergone training in Russia. The claim came during a speech to leading rebels, apparently recorded on Friday and posted to YouTub...
Robin Williams 'had Parkinson's' when he died
2014-08-14 21:57:22 UTC
<strong>Robin Williams was suffering from the early stages of Parkinson's disease at the time of his death, his wife has said.</strong>
Susan Schneider said her husband had been sober but "not yet ready to share publicly" his struggles with Par...
George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin Romantic Dinner in Italy
2014-08-14 21:58:17 UTC
Love is definitely in the air for this engaged couple!
George Clooney and his future blushing bride Amal Alamuddin were spotted enjoying a very romantic dinner at Lake Como with friends recently, and the two couldn't help but show off their admir...
The Church of Superfoods Gains More Believers
2014-08-13 20:53:03 UTC
For American eaters who long to take control of their health, nothing offers the perception of power quite like “superfoods.” These discussion always start with kale but stretch far beyond, into an almost religious reverence for produce with a nut...
First female winner for Fields maths medal
2014-08-13 18:55:14 UTC
Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian maths professor at Stanford University in California, who went to school and university in Iran, has been awarded the highest honour a mathematician can attain.
It will go down in history as the moment one of the l...
Lauren Bacall, Hollywood's Icon, Dies at 89
2014-08-13 21:44:21 UTC
Lauren Bacall, the sultry presence who first hit movie screens in 1944 and then went on to play a series of sophisticated, tough-as-nails roles for the next six decades – even in real life – has died.
"Ms. Bacall passed away peacefully at her h...
Robin Williams Found Dead In His Home
2014-08-14 08:07:51 UTC
Actor Robin Williams has died in an apparent suicide, the Marin County Sheriff's office said. In a press release, the sheriff's office said they received a 911 call from Williams' home in Tiburon, California, late this morning. He was pronounced d...
Barack Obama’s mixed messages
2014-08-11 23:16:36 UTC
President Barack Obama isn’t just grappling with what feels like an endless foreign policy nightmare around the world. Now he’s got one hell of a messaging problem at home.
The United States will not intervene in foreign crises directly — or indi...
Amal Alamuddin to serve on UN Gaza inquiry
2014-08-11 22:18:14 UTC
British Lebanese lawyer Amal Alamuddin, who is engaged to George Clooney, has been chosen for the UN’s three-member commission of inquiry looking into possible violations of the rules of war in Gaza.
Alamuddin is a London-based international la...
Erdogan hails new era for Turkey
2014-08-11 09:45:39 UTC
Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan won the country’s first direct presidential election on Sunday, and issued a message of unity, saying he would be a president for everyone.
“I will not be the president of only those who voted for me,...
Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: New three-day ceasefire holds
2014-08-11 09:34:52 UTC
Gaza was hit by an Israeli strike at sunset - ahead of the new ceasefire, as Orla Guerin reports
The agreement, which began at midnight (21:00 GMT Sunday), came after days of intense mediation by Egypt.
If the truce continues to hold, Israel...
Lamar Alexander ices tea party opponent
2014-08-10 00:32:09 UTC
Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander trumpeted his GOP primary victory over a group of tea party challengers on Thursday as a vindication of his brand of deal-cutting pragmatism.
Meanwhile, scandal-ridden GOP Rep. Scott DesJarlais finished just 33 vote...
Worst since the Nazi era: Anti-Semitism Rises in Europe
2014-08-08 09:27:58 UTC
In the space of just one week last month, according to Crif, the umbrella group for France's Jewish organisations, eight synagogues were attacked. One, in the Paris suburb of Sarcelles, was firebombed by a 400-strong mob. A kosher supermarket and ...