Syrian refugees cross the Syrian-Turkish border near Sanliurfa

Turkey closing some border crossings with Syria

15.04 Turkey has begun to close some of its border crossings with Syria following an influx of nearly 100,000 Kurdish refugees over the weekend to escape an offensive by Islamic jihadists.

Tony Blair's premiership came to be defined by the Iraq War

Blair says ground troops needed to fight IS

12.37 Britain and other Western powers should be prepared to commit ground troops to fight against extremists like the Islamic State group, former prime minister Tony Blair has said.

Coal amounts for 70% of the emissions caused by electricity generation

Phasing out coal use would slow global warming

17.26 Phasing out coal as an electricity source by 2050 would bring the world half a degree Celsius closer to the UN's targeted cap for climate warming, an analysis said on the eve of Tuesday's UN climate summit.

Dressed in white and wearing yellow ribbons, students from more than 20 universities and colleges gathered at a Chinese University

Hong Kong students demand greater democracy

16.50 Thousands of students braved sweltering heat in Hong Kong to demand greater democracy as they launched a week-long boycott of classes, underscoring the younger generation's determination to challenge the Chinese Communist Party.

Iran currently has a policy of filtering online content which leaves popular websites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube inaccessible

11 Iranians arrested over insulting text messages

17.30 Eleven Iranians accused of sending insulting text messages about Islamic republic founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini have been arrested in the southern province of Shiraz, according to newspaper reports.

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".