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
Authorities have evacuated tourists amid increased seismic activity around a volcano in the past few days.
The death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has risen to 1350.
Barack Obama says the beheading of US journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants "shocked the conscience of the entire world".
The New York Post provokes outrage by publishing a graphic image of US journalist James Foley on front page.
OPINION: The response to protesters in Ferguson by police in riot gear has been a public relations disaster.
As darkness fell, police and protesters braced for more late-night clashes in Ferguson.
Protesters gather outside hearing to decide if police officer who shot Michael Brown should be charged.
Indian yoga guru BKS Iyengar, who helped popularise yoga around the world has died at age 95.
The world's oldest man, newly named, and the world's oldest woman both live in Japan.
Landslides triggered by torrential rain have killed at least 27 people, including several children, in Japan.
The isolated corner of Ferguson where Michael Brown was killed had become a tinderbox for crime.
Protesters are notably fewer in number than in previous nights in US suburb rocked by racial unrest.
It's hard to fathom just how many slowly dying cats live in this woman's eight-room apartment.
Iraqi forces battling the Islamic State militants found their assault stymied by snipers and roadside bombs.
Mother of executed reporter says he gave his life trying to expose the suffering of the Syrian people.
A 2-year-old girl is among the three victims of an Israeli airstrike in Gaza as the cease-fire talks collapse.
Texas governor Rick Perry was fingerprinted and had his mug shot taken after his indictment.
A woman has been arrested in London in relation to the hit-and-run death of a New Zealander.
Thousands of small quakes rock Iceland amid concerns one of country's volcanoes may erupt.
Teens arrested as US police claim they developed mass school shooting plan to kill "as many people as possible".
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An unexploded World War II bomb found near Frankfurt airport could cause flight disruptions.
Grandmother shoots and critically wounds her 7-year-old grandson after mistaking him for an intruder who had broken into her home.
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.
Residents flee shelling in Donetsk as Ukraine government takes offensive to area near rebel headquarters
As darkness fell on Ferguson, Missouri, the crowd of hundreds of protesters radically changed.
Three relatives of Pope Francis die and a fourth is in critical condition after a car crash in Argentina.
US lawmakers call for a change in police tactics in Ferguson, Missouri, rocked by racially-charged riots.
Three Liberian health workers receiving an experimental drug to treat Ebola show signs of recovery.
The most crucial aspect of destroying Syria's chemical weapons has been completed, organisation says.
Shooting of albino-headed crocodile Michael Jackson was necessary after man killed.
Heinz forced to recall infant food products in China after excess levels of lead found.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has barred all American airlines from flying over Syria.
The number of attacks on aid workers soared last year to the highest level on record
Saudi Arabia executed four men for drugs, taking to 17 the number of people put to death in two weeks
Fiji police are investigating a video said to show the murder of castaways on the South Pacific high seas.
Australian police won't comment on reports a station was a possible target for explosive chemicals found stockpiled at a Brisbane house.
Action superstar Jackie Chan's son is latest celebrity caught in huge Chinese crackdown.
Australia and Indonesia have reached an agreement that will heal a bilateral rift sparked by accusations of phone tapping.
About 150 asylum seeker children in Australian mainland detention centres will be released into the community.
OPINION: Briefly, the world's dullest game of hide and seek became the world's most compelling news event.
The UK government has poured cold water on Julian Assange's hopes he will soon be able to leave the Ecuador embassy.
The National Guard has been deployed after the shooting of a black unarmed teenager in Missouri.
Iraqi forces have recaptured Iraq's largest dam from Islamic militants, Barack Obama says.
Israeli and Palestinian officials have agreed to extend a Gaza ceasefire by another 24 hours.
Poachers killed an estimated 100,000 elephants across Africa between 2010 and 2012, a new study has found.
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.
Armed robbers ambush Saudi prince's convoy, raiding the Mercedes car for valuables and then torching it.
Women and children said to be among victims of rocket attack on convoy fleeing fighting in eastern Ukraine.