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Second journalist beheaded?

Second journalist beheaded?

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.

Cricket: India crush feeble England

Cricket: India crush feeble England

India's Shikhar Dhawan smashed a six to seal a crushing nine-wicket victory over hapless England in the fourth one-day international in Birmingham.

'Dereliction of duty' claim in child abuse scandal

'Dereliction of duty' claim in child abuse scandal

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 Pakistani heritage.

Cash-strapped cops selling Scotland Yard

Cash-strapped cops selling Scotland Yard

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.

Congo Ebola outbreak kills 31

Congo Ebola outbreak kills 31

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 West Africa.

More than 1m Ukrainians displaced by conflict

More than 1m Ukrainians displaced by conflict

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.

End of Gaza war doesn't translate into peace

End of Gaza war doesn't translate into peace

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.

Rugby: Aussies bench Beale, White for SA test

Rugby: Aussies bench Beale, White for SA test

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.

Newspaper column scrapped amid democracy row

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.

Hunt on for stars' nude pics hacker

Hunt on for stars' nude pics hacker

Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence has contacted authorities to investigate who stole and posted nude images of her online, part of a reported mass hacking of celebrities' intimate photos.

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