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War with Isis: No evidence militants have seized any chemical weapons in Iraq or Syria, claims Pentagon

New reports about a lingering stockpile may intensify anxiety in Congress about President Obama’s strategy to target the Islamists

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The marine was shot during a mission in the dangerous Helmand Province last year

There are unconfirmed reports that the men were beheaded, although Isis have also been known to crucify people

Isis 'behead their own fighters' for spying and embezzlement in Syria

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says militants were killed in Al-Bukamal

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Sir Alan Duncan's 'apartheid' attack on Israel settlement building angers Jewish groups

Sir Alan described Israeli settlement building as an ‘ever-deepening stain on the face of the globe’

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby backs military action

Fighting Isis must be ‘battle for social justice’, says Archbishop of Canterbury

Most Rev Justin Welby supports military action in Iraq and hopes it creates ‘just peace’

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Thick smoke rises following an air strike by the US-led coalition in Kobani, Syria, while fighting continued between Syrian Kurds and Isis militants

NUS motion to condemn Isis fails amidst claims of islamophobia

National Union of Students split by "identity politics" furore

Iraq's 'hidden' chemical weapons: US 'covered up' discovery of chemical weapons after 2003 invasion – with many are now in Isis’s hands

Around 5,000 chemical warheads and bombs ‘were found – but kept secret’

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Dutch Motorcycle Club members 'join Kurdish fighters battling Isis' in Iraq

Three No Surrender bikers are reportedly near Mosul

Barack Obama speaks at a meeting with more than 20 foreign defence chiefs on 14 October

'The world is against Isis,' Barack Obama says as international coalition forms strategy

The US President met with representatives from 20 countries on Tuesday

A black flag belonging to Isis is taken down after it was symbolically raised on top of a hill two weeks ago in Kobani, Syria

Isis in Kobani: Black flag is torn down as Kurdish fighters capture hill overlooking Kobani in symbolic victory over militant group

Kurdish advance was made following a series of US-led coalition air strikes on Isis positions in and around the besieged town

Matthew Gould described the annexation of Palestinian land as a stain on the face of the globe

Israel losing support in UK because of settlement building and Gaza offensive, ambassador warns

Former Tory minister also describes Israel's actions as akin to 'apartheid'

Ifthekar Jaman's image featured on propaganda spread over social media by Britons fighting in Syria

Family of killed Isis fighter arrested in investigation into British jihadists

Relatives of a Briton killed in Syria while fighting for Isis have been arrested by counter-terrorist police investigating the sending of jihadist volunteers abroad.

Steven Sotloff, pictured in Manama, Bahrain, in 2010

Isis publishes 'letter' from Steven Sotloff to family in propaganda magazine

The 31-year-old journalist was beheaded last month

An American has been shot dead and another wounded in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, police have said

American shot dead and another wounded, in attack at petrol station in Saudi Arabia

Police have said the incident happened in the eastern district of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia

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Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
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Pupils to visit First World War battlefields

A new Government scheme aims to bring the the horrors of the conflict to life over the next five years
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Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

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Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
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Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
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