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US President Barack Obama says the beheading of journalist James Foley is "an act of violence that shocks the conscience of the entire world".
The UN says it has begun its largest aid operation for a decade as it attempts to reach half a million people in northern Iraq.
Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko signs a new four-year deal with the defending Premier League champions.
Security forces in Liberia's capital deploy to enforce a quarantine in a large slum area in order to contain the spread of Ebola, setting off protests.
Authorities in Iceland complete the evacuation of an area close to the country's Bardarbunga volcano over fears of an impending eruption.
Russia's main consumer watchdog has shut a number of McDonald's restaurants in Moscow as part of an investigation into food standards.
It looks "increasingly likely" a man thought to have been involved in the beheading of US journalist James Foley is British, David Cameron says.
Lifelong fan Pope Francis is presented with the Copa Libertadores trophy by players and officials of Argentine side San Lorenzo.
The US Attorney General arrives in Ferguson, Missouri, the scene of continuing protests over the police shooting of a black teenager.
The beheading of a US journalist by Islamic State militants was "shocking and depraved", says Prime Minister David Cameron.
Ukrainian government and rebel forces both claim control of a small town after fierce fighting, as fighting claims 34 civilian lives in a day.
Nine people are arrested by police in Austria on suspicion of planning to join Islamist militant groups in Syria.
A lawyer for Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton, who is serving 10 years in jail for drugs convictions, says he has been granted a new appeal hearing.
Taxi firm Uber is trialling a same-day delivery service for more than 100 grocery goods in Washington DC.
Texas Governor Rick Perry is defiant as he is booked on abuse of power charges, vowing to fight the case with "every fibre of my being".
Actor Jackie Chan apologises over his son's arrest on drug-related charges, saying he feels "ashamed" as a public figure and "sad" as a father.
One of the most famous names in US retailing, Macy's, pays $650,000 to settle claims that it racially profiled and detained customers at its Manhattan outlet.
AC Milan deny talk of Liverpool bid for Balotelli, West Ham eye Man City duo and Jack Wilshere's double.
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.
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.