Former taxi driver Alan Henning is being held by so-called Islamic State militants

British IS hostage's wife calls for his release

21 Sep The wife of British hostage Alan Henning has called on "the people of the Islamic State to see it in their hearts to release my husband", describing him as a "peaceful, selfless man".

In a video released today John Cantlie promised to reveal in a series of programmes the 'truth' about the jihadist group

US Senate approves Obama's anti-IS plans

18 Sep The US Senate approved easily controversial legislation requested by President Barack Obama to allow the training and arming of moderate Syrian rebels in their fight against the Islamic State group.

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters fire a heavy machine gun as they hold a position on the front line 40km south of Irbil

Iraq welcomes US strike on jihadist target

16 Sep The first strike south of Baghdad in a more than month-long US air campaign hit a jihadist target in Sadr al-Yusufiyah, 25km from the capital, a security spokesman has said.

Australia says 600 troops will be sent to the United Arab Emirates base Pic: courtesy of EPA

Australia to send troops to fight IS

14 Sep Australia has become the first country to detail troop numbers and aircraft for a US-led coalition fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq.

Arseny Yatseniuk also praised a new wave of economic sanctions imposed on Russia by the EU and the US

Ukraine's PM say Russia aims to recreate USSR

13 Sep Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk has said that Russian President Vladimir Putin's goal is to destroy Ukraine as an independent country and to restore the Soviet Union

Tony Abbott said there are people with the intent to mount attacks in Australia

Australia raises terror alert to 'high'

12 Sep Australia has raised its terror threat level to "high" for the first time in a decade, on concerns about Australians returning from fighting in Iraq and Syria.