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Updated: 1 hour 34 min ago

Foley 'barbaric murder' shocks West

1 hour 40 min ago
The US, UK and France voice abhorrence at the apparent beheading of American journalist James Foley by an Islamic State (IS) militant.

Pope meets victorious football team

1 hour 43 min ago
Players from Argentina's San Lorenzo football club meet Pope Francis and present their trophy after their win in the Copa Libertadores last week.

Wednesday's gossip column

1 hour 51 min ago
Muller rejects "astronomical" Man Utd approach, AC Milan deny talk of Liverpool bid for Balotelli, and Jack Wilshere's double.

PM condemns journalist 'beheading'

1 hour 57 min ago
The apparent beheading of a US journalist by militants Islamic State was "shocking and depraved", UK Prime Minister David Cameron says.

Israel strike 'targeted Hamas chief'

2 hours 6 min ago
Hamas says militant chief Mohammed Deif is alive and leading its response to Israeli air strikes that killed 19 people in Gaza, including his wife and child.

VIDEO: Bush takes Ice Bucket Challenge

2 hours 49 min ago
President George W Bush has taken the Ice Bucket Challenge, after a nomination from his daughter Jenna Bush Hager, Rory McIlroy, Woody Johnson, and Jim Harbaugh.

Life on Ebola front line

3 hours 5 min ago
A doctor reports from the Ebola front line

Russia tensions hit Carlsberg sales

3 hours 15 min ago
Sales at the Danish brewer Carlsberg have been hit by falling consumption in Russia and Ukraine amid the crisis in the region.

Bodies found after Tornado collision

3 hours 18 min ago
Two bodies are found after Italian Tornado fighter jets collide and crash during training, while the fate of two other crew members is unknown.

Day in pictures: 20 August 2014

3 hours 18 min ago
A selection of images from around the world

India activist Irom Sharmila freed

3 hours 32 min ago
Indian activist Irom Sharmila Chanu, who has been on a hunger strike for 14 years, is freed following a court order.

Iran MPs dismiss science minister

3 hours 41 min ago
Iran's parliament votes to dismiss Science Minister Reza Faraji-Dana, dealing a blow to reformist President Hassan Rouhani.

Pakistan protesters guard parliament

3 hours 55 min ago
Pakistan's anti-government cleric Tahirul Qadri has called on protesters to continue guarding access to all state buildings amid a massive sit-in at Islamabad.

VIDEO: Friend pays tribute to reporter Foley

4 hours 7 min ago
Sunday Times photographer Paul Conroy pays tribute to US reporter James Foley, who has apparently been killed by the Islamic State.

Pakistan defends meeting separatists

4 hours 15 min ago
Pakistan's high commissioner to India Abdul Basit defends his meetings with Kashmiri separatists, a move which led to Delhi cancelling planned talks with Islamabad.

Liberia troops enforce quarantine

4 hours 30 min ago
Security forces in Liberia's capital deploy to enforce a quarantine in a large slum area in Monrovia in order to contain the spread of Ebola.

Attorney General to visit Ferguson

4 hours 33 min ago
The US Attorney General is due to arrive in Ferguson, Missouri, the scene of continuing protests over the police shooting of a black teenager.

Hospital hack 'exploited Heartbleed'

4 hours 40 min ago
A leading security expert alleges that hackers made use of the Heartbleed flaw to steal the personal details of 4.5 million healthcare patients.

Fire destroys NFF building in Abuja

5 hours 3 sec ago
A huge fire rips through the Nigeria Football Federation building in the country's capital Abuja on Wednesday.

Barcelona transfer ban appeal fails

5 hours 5 min ago
Barcelona cannot sign players until 2016 once the current transfer window shuts, after Fifa reject their appeal over a ban.