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An undated handout photo released by the Foreign Office with the permission of his family, showing Alan Henning at a refugee camp on the Syrian-Turkish border

Letter by British Imams and Muslim Leaders appealing for release of Alan Henning

Muslim leaders and British Imans have come together, signing a letter urging the release of aid worker Alan Henning

Military action in Syria against Isis would not breach international law even if the Assad regime did not request it

Islamic State: Syrian air strikes could be legal, claims former Attorney General Dominic Grieve

Dominic Grieve, the former Attorney General, has said that UK air strikes against Isis targets in Syria would be legal.

Islamic State militants have released a video warning America that fighters are waiting in Iraq if President Barack Obama chooses to send troops there

Isis release 'Flames of War' video warning Obama of attacks troops could face in Iraq

The video comes after the President vowed to 'degrade and destroy' Isis

Children attend a class during the first day of school in Idlib countryside earlier this month

Syrian crisis: Rebel government claims dozens of children killed by contaminated measles vaccine

UNICEF and WHO are "deeply concerned" by reports of deaths around Idlib in north-eastern Syria

Two branches of al-Qaeda are urging militant factions to “stop the infighting” and unite in a bid to counter the US led coalition targeting Islamic State (Isis) fighters

Isis: al-Qaeda branches urge militants to 'stop the infighting' and unite against US-led coalition targeting Islamic State

Analysts say joint statement from two branches is 'unprecedented'

The Syrian regime’s offer to Washington envisages military and intelligence sharing in the struggle against Isis fighters, pictured marching in Raqqa

Assad's letter to the US: How Syria is luring President Obama into its web

The Syrian regime, which the US has sworn to overthrow, has asked America to co-operate in the fight against Isis militants. It is likely to exact a high price for any collaboration

General Martin Dempsey has said that he could envisage recommending US soldiers to embed with the Iraqi and Kurdish forces in a “close combat advising” role

Islamic State: Is prospect growing of US being drawn into another ground war in Iraq?

Top military commander would recommend deploying US soldiers alongside Kurdish and Iraqi forces

A Saudi woman, unrelated to the incident, walks past stopping vehicles

Saudi businesswoman and member of a human rights group fined for driving herself to hospital

In Saudi Arabia, it is not illegal for women to drive but, rather illegal for them to be granted a driver’s license

A Palestinian family looks from a window at the rubble of the collapsed 15-story Basha Tower following early morning Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City

Gaza’s housing crisis: ‘Is much worse than the war’

Rents in Gaza City have risen sharply with the destruction of buildings and influx of refugees

The Iraqi Ambassador to the Holy See has warned the Vatican that Isis is intent on killing on the Pope

Islamic State: Pope is 'being targeted by Isis', Iraqi ambassador to the Holy See warns

Habeeb Al-Sadr told the Italian press said Isis' threat to kill the Pope is a serious one

President Obama speaking earlier this week

Islamic State: US defies Iran's accusations of plot to 'dominate' Middle East to bomb Isis in Iraq

US forces supported the Iraqi army in Baghdad and Sinjar

An undated handout photo released by the Foreign Office with the permission of his family, showing Alan Henning at a refugee camp on the Syrian-Turkish border

Alan Henning: Britain 'does not know' where aid worker is, says Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond

At international crisis talks yesterday Mr Hammond said the UK would not rule out air strikes against Isis

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

Representatives of rival groups held summit in Syrian town to decide fate of captive Briton

The only notable absentee from the coalition was Iran, whose presence was blocked by Saudi Arabia and the US

Islamic State: International pledge to use any means necessary to defeat Isis ‘throat-slitters’

Twenty-six nations, including Russia, China and 10 Arab states, pledged yesterday to fight the terrorist group Isis “by any means necessary”.

The aftermath of an airstrike on the Al Chaar neighbourhood in Aleppo in July. Syria has warned that action without the cooperation of its government would be a “big mistake” and a “big crime”

Islamic State: Air strikes on Isis in Syria could be illegal

David Cameron has been warned that UK air strikes against Isis in Syria could be illegal under international law.

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