Why a beheading? A look at Islamic State's tactic

James Foley

Islamic State may justify their beheadings with theology and history but the tactic is likely driven by more immediate factors. | Outrage at front page photo

Tourists evacuated amid Iceland volcano concerns

Authorities have evacuated tourists amid increased seismic activity around a volcano in the past few days.

Death toll from Ebola rises to 1350


The death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has risen to 1350.

Beheading 'shocks world's conscience' - Obama

James Foley

Barack Obama says the beheading of US journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants "shocked the conscience of the entire world".

Front page image of slain journalist angers

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The New York Post provokes outrage by publishing a graphic image of US journalist James Foley on front page.

Ferguson, a sympton of wider malaise in USA

Ferguson, Missouri, protesters

OPINION: The response to protesters in Ferguson by police in riot gear has been a public relations disaster.

Ferguson: 'It's like a switch is flipped' at night

Ferguson, Missouri, protesters

As darkness fell, police and protesters braced for more late-night clashes in Ferguson.

Protesters urge prosecutor to step aside

Ferguson, Missouri

Protesters gather outside hearing to decide if police officer who shot Michael Brown should be charged.

Indian yoga guru Iyengar dies at age 95

Work yoga

Indian yoga guru BKS Iyengar, who helped popularise yoga around the world has died at age 95.

Japanese educator world's oldest man

Sakari Momoi

The world's oldest man, newly named, and the world's oldest woman both live in Japan.

Western Japan landslide death toll at 27

japan landslide

Landslides triggered by torrential rain have killed at least 27 people, including several children, in Japan.

Ferguson racial tensions bubbled before shooting

ferguson apartments

The isolated corner of Ferguson where Michael Brown was killed had become a tinderbox for crime.

Ferguson protests subdued

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Protesters are notably fewer in number than in previous nights in US suburb rocked by racial unrest.

Woman turns her home into cat hospice

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It's hard to fathom just how many slowly dying cats live in this woman's eight-room apartment.

Iraqi drive on Tikrit falters fierce resistance


Iraqi forces battling the Islamic State militants found their assault stymied by snipers and roadside bombs.

Mum proud of beheaded US photojournalist

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Mother of executed reporter says he gave his life trying to expose the suffering of the Syrian people.

UN condemns latest Gaza fighting


A 2-year-old girl is among the three victims of an Israeli airstrike in Gaza as the cease-fire talks collapse.

Mug shot of Texas governor Rick Perry released

mug shot rick perry

Texas governor Rick Perry was fingerprinted and had his mug shot taken after his indictment.

Arrest in Kiwi hit-and run case

Karl Robert Jones

A woman has been arrested in London in relation to the hit-and-run death of a New Zealander.

Iceland on volcano alert after earthquakes

Eyjafjallajokull volcano

Thousands of small quakes rock Iceland amid concerns one of country's volcanoes may erupt.

Students in alleged mass shooting plot were 'willing to die'

South Pasadena chief of police Art Miller addresses the mediaabout the foiling of a mass-shooting plot allegedly planned by two students.

Teens arrested as US police claim they developed mass school shooting plan to kill "as many people as possible".

While you were sleeping


What happened in the world while you were sleeping ...

WWII bomb found near Frankfurt airport

An unexploded World War II bomb found near Frankfurt airport could cause flight disruptions.

Woman shoots grandson; thought he was an intruder


Grandmother shoots and critically wounds her 7-year-old grandson after mistaking him for an intruder who had broken into her home.

American slain in Bali, daughter had troubled past

Heather Mack stands at the police district headquarters after she was brought in for questioning in relation to the death of her mother, in Bali, Indonesia,

A US woman whose body was found stuffed in a suitcase on Bali was reportedly abused by her daughter who has been arrested in her killing.

Shooting, shelling erupts in eastern Ukraine city

Ukraine troops

Residents flee shelling in Donetsk as Ukraine government takes offensive to area near rebel headquarters

Outsiders cop blame for Ferguson unrest

Ferguson, Missouri, protesters

As darkness fell on Ferguson, Missouri, the crowd of hundreds of protesters radically changed.

Pope's relatives die in Argentina car crash


Three relatives of Pope Francis die and a fourth is in critical condition after a car crash in Argentina.

Appeal for calm after more Ferguson arrests

Ferguson, Missouri, protesters

US lawmakers call for a change in police tactics in Ferguson, Missouri, rocked by racially-charged riots.

Ebola patients on experimental drug improving

Doctors during Ebola crisis

Three Liberian health workers receiving an experimental drug to treat Ebola show signs of recovery.

Syria's chemical weapons destroyed

Syria weapons

The most crucial aspect of destroying Syria's chemical weapons has been completed, organisation says.

Crocodile death necessary, says researcher

Albino croc

Shooting of albino-headed crocodile Michael Jackson was necessary after man killed.

Heinz in China food scare

Recalled Heinz infant food product in China

Heinz forced to recall infant food products in China after excess levels of lead found.

US bars airlines from flying over Syria

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The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has barred all American airlines from flying over Syria.

Attacks on aid workers hit record high

Gaza crisis

The number of attacks on aid workers soared last year to the highest level on record

Saudi Arabia executes four for drug possession

saudi arabia

Saudi Arabia executed four men for drugs, taking to 17 the number of people put to death in two weeks

Fiji police investigate high seas shooting video

Fishermen being shot near Fiji

Fiji police are investigating a video said to show the murder of castaways on the South Pacific high seas.

Cops mum on bomb map reports


Australian police won't comment on reports a station was a possible target for explosive chemicals found stockpiled at a Brisbane house.

Drug crackdown snares Jackie Chan's son

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Action superstar Jackie Chan's son is latest celebrity caught in huge Chinese crackdown.

Agreement to heal bilateral rift

julie bishop, susilo bambang yudhoyono

Australia and Indonesia have reached an agreement that will heal a bilateral rift sparked by accusations of phone tapping.

Mainland asylum seeker children to be released

australian immigration minister

About 150 asylum seeker children in Australian mainland detention centres will be released into the community.

How Assange's dud conference got attention

Julian Assange

OPINION: Briefly, the world's dullest game of hide and seek became the world's most compelling news event.

Assange's hopes of freedom dashed

Julian Assange on August 18, 2014

The UK government has poured cold water on Julian Assange's hopes he will soon be able to leave the Ecuador embassy.

National Guard deployed to quell riots

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The National Guard has been deployed after the shooting of a black unarmed teenager in Missouri.

Iraqi forces take back Mosul Dam

mosul dam

Iraqi forces have recaptured Iraq's largest dam from Islamic militants, Barack Obama says.

Gaza truce extended by 24 hours

gaza tank

Israeli and Palestinian officials have agreed to extend a Gaza ceasefire by another 24 hours.

Demand for ivory fuels elephant poaching

african elephant

Poachers killed an estimated 100,000 elephants across Africa between 2010 and 2012, a new study has found.

Wife hears husband get taken by a crocodile


Fisherman believed to have been attacked and killed by a crocodile in front of his wife while they were fishing in Australia's Northern Territory.

Robbers ambush Saudi prince's convoy in Paris

Mercedes-Benz armoured S600 Guard limousine

Armed robbers ambush Saudi prince's convoy, raiding the Mercedes car for valuables and then torching it.

Ukraine claims dozens killed in attack on convoy

Ukrainian servicemen drive armoured vehicles along a road as they patrol the Donetsk region

Women and children said to be among victims of rocket attack on convoy fleeing fighting in eastern Ukraine.