A video released by the Islamic State militant group
purporting to show the beheading of American journalist
Steven Sotloff appears to be authentic although U.S.
officials have yet to formally confirm its validity, sources
familiar with the matter said.
Britain's interior minister on Tuesday accused local
authorities in the English town of Rotherham of a "complete
dereliction of duty" for the way they responded to the sexual
exploitation of at least 1,400 children by men of mostly
London's cash-strapped police force put its New Scotland Yard
headquarters up for sale on Tuesday (local time) with a £250
million guide price, as part of plans to re-invest in
front-line policing and cut costs.
The death toll from an outbreak of the Ebola virus in the
Djera region of northern Democratic Republic of Congo has
risen to 31, the government said, as the World Health
Organisation confirmed there was no link with an epidemic in
More than one million people have been uprooted by the
conflict in Ukraine, including 260,000 within the country
where further mass displacement is feared due to ongoing
fighting, the United Nations says.
A week after the guns fell silent in the Gaza war, Israel and
the Palestinians seem to have little appetite or incentive
for a return to US-sponsored peace and statehood talks that
collapsed five months ago.
Australia coach Ewen McKenzie has run out of patience with
misfiring halfbacks Kurtley Beale and Nic White, dumping them
to the bench for the Rugby Championship match against South
Africa in Perth on Saturday.
A well-respected Hong Kong newspaper has axed a weekly column
by a political activist and hedge fund manager as the Asian
financial centre braces for a wave of protests against
China's decision to rule out full democracy.