James Foley was kidnapped by armed men in November 2012 in northern Syria while on his way to the Turkish border

IS video purports to show beheading of journalist

10.44 Islamic State insurgents have posted a video purportedly showing the beheading of a US journalist and images of another US journalist whose life they said depended on how the United States acts in Iraq.

The study was conducted by researchers from University College London

Study on impact of conflict on altruism published

11.27 New research carried out in Northern Ireland has found that people who find themselves in a situation of conflict with other groups are less likely to help individuals from outside their own group.

A militia member checks damage after an apparent shelling by the Ukrainian army near Donetsk

34 civilians killed in clashes in Ukraine

11.44 Fierce fighting between government forces and pro-Russian rebels has killed 34 civilians over the past 24 hours in east Ukraine's Donetsk region, local authorities have said.

Children from eastern Ukraine, play in a refugee camp near Donetsk

Ukraine's Poroshenko to attend talks with Putin

19 Aug Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will take part in talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and several EU officials next week on the conflict in eastern Ukraine and energy security.

Palestinian security officials said the air raids targeted open areas in the northern area of Beit Lahiya

Gaza ceasefire talks collapse

19 Aug A temporary ceasefire in Gaza has "collapsed" after a midnight deadline passed with no agreement to extend a truce, a senior Palestinian official has said.

Rebels and government forces have traded blame for civilian deaths

Refugees killed in strike on convoy in Ukraine

18 Aug Rocket fire hit a convoy of buses carrying refugees from the east Ukrainian city of Luhansk this morning killing an unknown number of people, Ukraine's military and rebels said, blaming each other for the strike.

The deal was confirmed minutes before a five-day ceasefire was due to expire

Gaza ceasefire extended by 24 hours

18 Aug Israeli and Palestinian officials have agreed to extend a Gaza ceasefire by another 24 hours to allow time for the sides to continue negotiations for terms of a possible agreement.

US President Barack Obama makes a statement in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House

Obama to send Attorney General to Ferguson

18 Aug US President Barack Obama has said he is sending Attorney General Eric Holder to Ferguson, Missouri, on Wednesday to investigate the fatal shooting of a black teenager by a white policeman.

Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters take position on the front line in Khazer, near the Kurdish checkpoint of Aski kalak, 40km west of Irbil

EU ministers agree to back arming of Iraqi Kurds

15 Aug EU foreign ministers have agreed to back the arming of beleaguered Iraqi Kurd fighters by key member states, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said after three hours of talks.

Pope Francis prayed for the re-unification of Korea during a youth rally

Pope urges Koreans to work for re-unification

15 Aug Pope Francis urged Koreans to pray and work for the re-unification of their divided peninsula, saying they should aim to reunite as one family "with no victors or vanquished".

Fighting in Gaza has left over 2,000 people dead

New Gaza truce off to shaky start

14 Aug A truce that has largely tempered a five-week war in Gaza was renewed last night, but the deal got off to a shaky start with rockets from Gaza hitting Israel and Israel retaliating with air strikes.

A previously agreed three-day ceasefire was set to expire tonight

Fresh strikes after five-day Gaza truce agreed

13 Aug Israeli aircraft have carried out air strikes across Gaza in response to Palestinian rocket fire and shortly after a new ceasefire brokered by Egypt came into effect, officials said.