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Alan Henning, who is being held by Isis, had his life threatened in the video in which the group beheaded another Briton, David Haines

Alan Henning: Al-Qaeda appealed to Isis to release British aid worker following kidnap

Al-Qaeda appealed to Isis to release the British hostage Alan Henning because it believed he was an innocent aid worker who was genuinely trying to help suffering Muslims, it can be revealed.

Thai workers carry the bodies of two British tourists on Koh Tao island in the Surat Thani province of southern Thailand

British tourists 'murdered' in Thailand: Pair's bloodied bodies found naked on Koh Tao beach

Police in Thailand have launched a murder inquiry after two young British tourists were found dead on a bloodstained beach with what were described as “gruesome” head injuries. The bodies were discovered, partly naked, close to the location of where a beach party had been held the night before.

A Soviet-era monument to Ukrainian- Russian co-operation in Kiev, which is facing a difficult winter this year

Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter

The fields around Grabova and Debaltseve became the focus of international attention as the crash site of Flight MH17. But along the roads leading to the villages are reminders, on the scarred landscape, of another casualty of Ukraine’s civil war which will have a huge impact in the coming months – the coal mines that have been closed down.

Stephen Sutton originally set out to raise £10,00

Stephen Sutton's £5m legacy: Teenager raises enough money for five new cancer wards

When teenager Stephen Sutton was first told his cancer was incurable, he refused to stop living life to the full, wrote a bucket list, and set a fundraising target of £10,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

The QS world university rankings praised the standard of research in science and technology at ICL

QS university world rankings: Imperial College London leapfrogs Oxford to join Cambridge as best British university

Forget Oxbridge - this year’s world university league tables show the best two institutions in the UK should go by the name "Impbridge".

The main gate at Auschwitz. The inscription reads:

Auschwitz guard Oskar Groening charged with 300,000 counts of accessory to murder

A 93-year-old man has been charged with 300,000 counts of accessory to murder for serving as a guard at Auschwitz.

Paper trail: the wedding photograph found in the rubble after 9/11 – it took Elizabeth Keefe 13 years to find the people in it

The wedding photo from Ground Zero: A shot in the dark

It is a pretty average wedding snap. The bride, perhaps cold in her dress given the snow that surrounds her, is looking away off camera at a second photographer. Another woman, on the right, is pushed out of frame, and the group's legs have been cut off. Only one person – a young man wearing a bowtie and a neat side-parting – looks directly at us.

Evil eye: Douglas Adams in 'mad genius' pose

Douglas Adams: How a new biography sheds light on his genius

Comedy matters. Arguably the toughest and most widely loved art form we have, comedy is still finding its rightful place within our national heritage, with a Comedy Museum newly opened in the capital, an impressive landmark crafted from catchphrases in Blackpool, and spods like me devoting their lives to preserving and documenting the lives of our best comic minds – and, indeed, their jokes.

Hull City vs West Ham match report: Enner Valencia stars as honours shared at the KC Stadium

Full debuts do not come more dramatic than those of Abel Hernandez and Enner Valencia, although Valencia left his manager, Sam Allardyce, with his head in his hands when his 94th-minute header was deflected over the Hull crossbar by the chest of defender Michael Dawson.

At last... a slow lane for pedestrians using smartphones


Kim Kardashian drawn backlash over her sexy swimsuit selfie, called 'disgusting' and 'nasty'

Vogue under fire for 'Big Booty' article

Fashion magazine Vogue has attracted criticism for an article published online last week discussing the rise of the big booty.

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