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Hairdresser from Croydon fighting 'inhuman' Isis militants on frontline in Iraq

Kurdish-born Mama Kurda was one of the first Peshmerga fighters on the Mosul Dam when it was recaptured this week

James Foley death: I know the identity of Isis killer, says French journalist

Former hostage’s disclosure boosts confidence that masked British murderer known as ‘John’ can be identified

Peshmerga fighters guarding Mosul dam; the US provided air cover for Kurdish and Iraqi forces in the area

James Foley death: President Obama calls the jihadists’ bluff and launches fresh air strikes against Isis targets near Mosul

Hostages at risk of reprisals thought to include at least 10 Westerners

James Foley death: Elite US military took part in failed bid to rescue photojournalist

Pentagon says both the Army's Delta Force and Navy SEAL commandos wanted 'to be in on the op' last July

Steven Sotloff, a US journalist, is also held by Isis

Ten more Westerners are hostages of Isis – including Britons – and in grave danger

Young Westerners fighting jihad are in contest to commit most barbaric acts

A Palestinian man mourns over the body of his relative, Rami Abu Nahel, killed in an Israeli military strike

Israel-Gaza conflict: Israel to call up 10,000 reservists as Hamas vows revenge for the killing of three of its commanders in an airstrike

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu praised the military’s 'precise execution' of the attack

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ISIS spokesperson reported as dead

Abu Mosa was featured on Vice News documentary on the Islamic State

The video, titled 'A Message to America', was released a day after Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot that has overrun large parts of Iraq, threatened to attack Americans 'in any place'. U.S. officials said they were working to determine the video's authenticity

James Foley beheading sparks international manhunt for 'John' the British jihadist

The militant can be heard speaking with a London accent in video footage

Palestinians help to put out a fire from the rubble of a house, which witnesses said was destroyed in an Israeli air strike, in Rafah

Israel-Gaza conflict: Hamas official admits military wing was behind kidnapping of teenagers

The deaths of three teenagers in June sparked present conflict

Freelance photo-journalist James Foley (left) on the highway between the airport and the West Gate of Sirte, Libya

James Foley beheading: US forces tried to rescue hostages in failed secret mission

Isis 'demanded a ransom' for the journalists

The video, titled 'A Message to America', was released a day after Islamic State threatened to attack Americans 'in any place'

James Foley beheading: Police 'could have narrowed hunt for killer to very small group of people'

Scotland Yard has joined the international manhunt for the killers of James Foley, after issuing a statement warning people could be prosecuted for simply viewing the graphic video of his death.

Relatives of the Hamas military chief Mohamed Deif gather for the funeral of his wife, Widad, and seven-month-old son, Ali, at Jabaliya refugee camp in Gaza

Israel-Gaza conflict: Fighting resumes as Israel claims to have killed Hamas chief

But spokesman claims Mohamed Deif 'wasn’t even in the location' of an Israeli air strike that killed his  wife and infant son

Israel-Gaza conflict: Hamas leaders do their best to stay hidden – but still expect to die

Commander-in-chief, Mohammed Deif, has survived four assassination attempts since 2002

Reyaad Khan, left, and Nasser Muthana, both 20 and from Cardiff, appear in a video aimed at recruiting jihadists

Islamic State: British fighters make up a quarter of foreign jihadists

Isis militants regard Britons who travel abroad to fight as some of the 'most vicious and vociferous fighters' in Syria and Iraq

James Foley had been missing since he was seized by armed men in Syria in November 2012

James Foley: My memories of a brave, selfless journalist

Kim Sengupta on a man who was willing to take huge risks in pursuit of his work

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Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

The President came the nearest he has come yet to rivalling George W Bush’s gormless reaction to 9/11 , says Robert Fisk
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Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

A Christian charity’s efforts to save missionaries trapped in Africa by the crisis have been justifiably praised. But doubts remain about its evangelical motives
Jeremy Clarkson 'does not see a problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC

Not even Jeremy Clarkson is bigger than the BBC, says TV boss

Corporation’s head of television confirms ‘Top Gear’ host was warned about racist language
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Nick Clegg the movie

Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise
Philip Larkin: Misogynist, racist, miserable? Or caring, playful man who lived for others?

Philip Larkin: What will survive of him?

Larkin's reputation has taken a knocking. But a new book by James Booth argues that the poet was affectionate, witty, entertaining and kind, as hitherto unseen letters, sketches and 'selfies' reveal
Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?

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Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?
Texas forensic astronomer finally pinpoints the exact birth of impressionism

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Make the most of British tomatoes

The British crop is at its tastiest and most abundant. Sudi Pigott shares her favourite recipes
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Face it: 10 best men's skincare products

Oscar Quine cleanses, tones and moisturises to find skin-savers blokes will be proud to display on the bathroom shelf
Malky Mackay allegations: Malky Mackay, Iain Moody and another grim day for English football

Mackay, Moody and another grim day for English football

The latest shocking claims do nothing to dispel the image that some in the game on these shores exist in a time warp, laments Sam Wallace
La Liga analysis: Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

Pete Jenson starts his preview of the Spanish season, which begins on Saturday, by explaining how Fifa’s transfer ban will affect the Catalans
Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
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Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape