US special operations troops went on a secret mission to Syria this summer to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley.


Defiant Obama vows to fight Foley killers

US President Barack Obama has pledged to continue attacking the group responsible for the death of journalist James Foley, despite its threats to kill another American hostage.


Wife and son of Hamas leader dies in attack

An Israeli air strike in Gaza killed the wife and infant son of Hamas’s military leader, Mohammed Deif, the group said, calling it an attempt to assassinate him after a ceasefire collapsed.


Second man held following probe into container death

Police have arrested a second man in connection with an investigation into the death of an immigrant found in a container at Tilbury Docks.

Police handcuff a protester after rushing the crowd to make the arrest in Ferguson, Missouri yesterday. Picture: AP

Attorney General visits Ferguson as unrest continues

US attorney general Eric Holder met the officer in charge of security in the Missouri suburb of Ferguson yesterday hours after nearly 50 protesters were arrested in the 11th straight night of demonstrations over the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer.

Library picture of Antarctic researchers.

Lake full of life found mile under Antarctic ice sheet

A thriving ecosystem exists a mile and a half beneath Antarctic ice in a lake that has been cut off from the outside world for millions of years, scientists have discovered.


Sky’s the limit at world’s priciest penthouse

Monaco, the tax haven on the French Riviera, is experiencing a luxury-housing boom that includes the world’s most expensive penthouse, as developers prepare for an influx of millionaires and billionaires escaping higher taxes or a loss of banking privacy.

Emergency workers arrive at a village in Hiroshima hit by deadly landslides after torrential rain fell.

36 dead, seven missing as landslide slams Hiroshima

At least 36 people, including several children, were killed in Japan yesterday, when landslides triggered by torrential rain slammed into the outskirts of the western city of Hiroshima, and the toll could rise further, police said.


Police: Sharing video is a crime

Scotland Yard has warned internet users they could be arrested under terrorism legislation if they viewed or shared the video of James Foley’s murder, as Twitter and YouTube attempted to remove all trace of the footage from the web.


Police forced to crash into car going wrong way

Traffic police had to crash into a car being driven at 50mph the wrong way down a motorway by a 77-year-old man with dementia.


Random tweets to turn up in Twitterers’ timelines

Tweets from accounts that you do not follow will now appear in your Twitter timeline, the social network has confirmed.


Quirky World... Debut erotic writer, 86, shocks daughter


USA: An 86-year-old woman has become a first-time novelist by writing a romance about a bored housewife.

By blocking nerve signals, Botox can make cancer cells more vulnerable, researchers found.

Botox jabs could help treat stomach cancer

Botox injections could provide an effective treatment for stomach cancer, research has shown.