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A study has found that Terrorism has become dramatically more deadly and more widespread across the globe with a 60 per cent rise in the number of deaths and countries affected by major attacks

Terrorism fuelled by state violence, extra-judicial killings and ethnic tensions

Study reveals three main causes of fivefold increase in global bloodshed since 2000

Ed and Paula Kassig, parents of Peter Kassig, speak during a news conference

Peter Kassig beheading: Parents say they need time to 'mourn, cry and forgive' following their son's murder

Peter Kassig, also known as Abdul-Rhaman, was beheaded by Isis militants in a video released yesterday

A masked Palestinian protester shows his anger after a bus driver was found hanged in his vehicle in Jerusalem

Palestinian family rejects suicide verdict on driver found hanged on bus

The death has further inflamed an already volatile situation in Jerusalem

In an almost biblical scene displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect fleeing Isis fighters make their way towards the Syrian border, on the outskirts of Mount Sinjar

Desperate Yazidis fear the worst as they face winter without shelter

The ancient Yazidi people were forced to flee from Isis fighters and seek refuge in the Kurdish territories. Many have lost everything

Poultry and eggs are thought to be behind the transmission of the disease

Egyptian woman dies from H5N1 bird flu after close contact with infected poultry

The death is the second in the country this year from the deadly virus

Huge explosions rock Syrian town of Kobani on Turkish border

Latest explosions come amid reports of US air strikes overnight

Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary speaking to 9News foreign correspondent

Was 'Jihadi John' suspect Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary interviewed during 2011 London riots?

Australian foreign correspondent interviewed man suspected of executing six westerners during the Tottenham riots in north London

President Obama confirmed the death of the third American at the hands of Isis

Peter Kassig beheading video labelled act of 'pure evil' by Obama

US leader offered his 'prayers and condolences' for family of aid worker Peter Kassig who was killed by extremist group

An Isis propaganda video purporting to show fighters near the Iraqi city of Tikrit

Peter Kassig beheading: A new Isis video, but a different ending. What could it mean?

American hostage Peter Kassig and 14 Syrian soldiers are shown meeting the same fate as other captives. But intelligence agencies will be poring over the apparently significant discrepancies between this and previous films

A member of Syria’s National Defence Force, a militia which has united some Muslim and Christian tribes in the fight against Isis

Isis in Syria: The militia that has transcended tribal divisions to fight Islamic State

Syria’s army cannot hold all the ground it takes from Isis or other Islamist groups. Hence the existence of the NDF.

Peter Kassig, a convert to Islam, founded a relief aid NGO

Peter Kassig death: David Cameron condemns Isis video showing the 'savage murder of a compassionate man'

PM describes graphic new footage as the work of a 'depraved organisation'

Abdul-Rahman Kassig, 26, was kidnapped last year while carrying out aid work in eastern Syria

Peter Kassig beheading video: Family issues appeal over Isis footage showing US aid worker’s apparent murder

Statement asks for people ‘not to play into hostage takers’ hands’ by sharing the graphic images

Former NHS surgeon Dr Mirza Tariq Ali (left) appearing in a recruitment video for the Taliban in Pakistan

NHS surgeon struck off for sectarian violence flees Britain to front Taliban recruitment video

Dr Mirza Tariq Ali worked as a locum at hospitals across London

Top US general tells troops battle against Isis is 'starting to turn'

General Martin Dempsey told troops they have helped ‘pull Iraq back from the precipice’

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