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Mr Obama was uncompromising in his condemnation of ISIS in his address

Barack Obama: US will be unrelenting in battle against Isis

President Barack Obama told fellow world leaders at the United Nations today that the United States would be unrelenting in its mission to dismantle the “network of death” that has swept through parts of Syria and Iraq but insisted that it must be a global effort taken up by all countries including those in the region.

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon speaks at the UN Climate Summit

Climate Change Summit: World leaders reach fragile consensus on global warming

Just days after thousands marched for action, politicians declared their commitment to tackling the issue urgently. They were joined by one very notable celebrity activist

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff addresses the Climate Summit, at United Nations headquarters

Climate Change summit: Brazil refuses to sign UN's pledge to slow deforestation

Environment Minister claims her government was 'not invited to be engaged in the preparation process'

John D Rockefeller on his 84th birthday in 1923; his wealth came from oil

Rockefellers go green: Rockefeller foundation divests funds in fossil fuel industries

American oil dynasty to pull all investment in fossil fuel industries on eve of global climate change summit, placing it as an unlikely champion of the push towards alternative energy sources

Demonstrators march towards Wall Street in New York last night, calling for action to curb the effects of global warming

UN climate summit starts in New York but the long-term forecast is cloudy

Leaders of China and India will be notable absences at the talks

Uniformed Secret Service officers walk along the lawn on the North side of the White House in Washington. The Secret Service is coming under renewed scrutiny after a man scaled the White House fence and made it all the way through the front door before he was apprehended

White House intruders. Sex and booze scandals. The worrying decline of the American Secret Service

The lapses of the agency charged with the US President’s safety are causing concern

Postcard from... Cadaqués

There are many reasons to spend a week in the ebbing days of summer on the Costa Brava. I was brought here for family holidays when I was a child. Our leaky tent packed in the back of the Ford Zephyr, we’d head for the dawn Newhaven-Dieppe ferry and putter south, stealing grapes from French vineyards.

Florida man shoots and kills daughter and six grandchildren before turning gun on himself

Don Spirit, 51, reportedly had an extensive criminal history

There is an 80 per cent chance that by the end of this century the global population could have reached between 9.6 billion and 12.3 billion people

World population could rise by three billion more than expected

Africa’s population is set to quadruple to four billion by the end of the century

President Obama ruled out the involvement of ground forces at a visit to the US Central Command at Tampa, Florida, yesterday

Islamic State: Confusion as Obama declares there will be 'no new Iraq war'

President’s announcement is at odds with statement by Joint Chiefs of Staff that US forces could be sent to front line in Iraq

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A look at the the legal tourists who exploited our liberal dissolution rules
Tom and Jerry cartoons now carry a 'racial prejudice' warning on Amazon

Tom and Jerry cartoons now carry a 'racial prejudice' warning on Amazon

The vintage series has often been criticised for racial stereotyping
An app for the amorous: Could Good2Go end disputes about sexual consent - without being a passion-killer?

An app for the amorous

Could Good2Go end disputes about sexual consent - without being a passion-killer?
Llansanffraid is now Llansantffraid. Welsh town changes its name, but can you spot the difference?

Llansanffraid is now Llansantffraid

Welsh town changes its name, but can you spot the difference?
Charlotte Riley: At the peak of her powers

Charlotte Riley: At the peak of her powers

After a few early missteps with Chekhov, her acting career has taken her to Hollywood. Next up is a role in the BBC’s gangster drama ‘Peaky Blinders’
She's having a laugh: Britain's female comedians have never had it so good

She's having a laugh

Britain's female comedians have never had it so good, says stand-up Natalie Haynes
Sistine Chapel to ‘sing’ with new LED lights designed to bring Michelangelo’s masterpiece out of the shadows

Let there be light

Sistine Chapel to ‘sing’ with new LEDs designed to bring Michelangelo’s masterpiece out of the shadows
Great British Bake Off, semi-final, review: Richard remains the baker to beat

Tensions rise in Bake Off's pastry week

Richard remains the baker to beat as Chetna begins to flake
Paris Fashion Week, spring/summer 2015: Time travel fashion at Louis Vuitton in Paris

A look to the future

It's time travel fashion at Louis Vuitton in Paris
The 10 best bedspreads

The 10 best bedspreads

Before you up the tog count on your duvet, add an extra layer and a room-changing piece to your bed this autumn
Arsenal vs Galatasaray: Five things we learnt from the Emirates

Arsenal vs Galatasaray

Five things we learnt from the Gunners' Champions League victory at the Emirates
Stuart Lancaster’s long-term deal makes sense – a rarity for a decision taken by the RFU

Lancaster’s long-term deal makes sense – a rarity for a decision taken by the RFU

This deal gives England a head-start to prepare for 2019 World Cup, says Chris Hewett
Ebola outbreak: The children orphaned by the virus – then rejected by surviving relatives over fear of infection

The children orphaned by Ebola...

... then rejected by surviving relatives over fear of infection
Pride: Are censors pandering to homophobia?

Are censors pandering to homophobia?

US film censors have ruled 'Pride' unfit for under-16s, though it contains no sex or violence
The magic of roundabouts

Lords of the rings

Just who are the Roundabout Appreciation Society?