News Fatima Khan, mother of Abbas Khan, is comforted by her son

32-year-old orthopaedic surgeon from London was captured in November last year in the ancient city of Aleppo

My Edinburgh: Jessica Ransom, comedian

It's always so nice to come back to Edinburgh - this is my eighth time at the festival with various different shows over the years. I find that it takes me ages to get anywhere as I keep bumping into mates and stopping for a chat. That's my favourite thing about the festival, you're surrounded by other comics going through the same weird month of performing everyday and it's a really supportive place to be.

Families of those killed by Birmingham looters appeal for restraint

The grieving relatives of three men run down by a car outside a petrol station want justice, not vengeance

Civil war breaks out at mosque over eviction of blinded imam

A civil war has broken out at Britain's most prestigious mosque over the treatment of an imam who was blinded in an attack and is now being evicted by the mosque's authorities.

The Taqwacores: Mosques and Mohicans

An independent film released next month tells the story of what it's like to be young and Muslim in modern day America. Say hello to Mohawk hair, electric guitars and a burqa-wearing feminist. The Taqwacores, adapted from the 2003 cult novel by Michael Muhammed Knight, follows the story of a group of Islamic punks. Dispirited with the rigidity of the Islam practised by their Muslim elders and unable to fit in with their white American peers, these rebel adolescents find a way to express their angst and reclaim their identity through music.

'Norway is my home. I share the sadness with everyone else'

Jerome Taylor hears the response of Oslo's Muslim community to the tragedy

Thousands flee as Indonesia volcano erupts

Thousands of residents have been evacuated after a volcano in central Indonesia erupted, sending red-hot lava cascading down its slopes.

Suicide bomber targets service for Afghan leader's brother

A man hiding explosives in his turban blew himself up inside a mosque where Afghan officials were attending a memorial service for the president's assassinated half brother, killing five people.

Israelis kill Palestinian in West Bank mosque arrest

Israeli troops shot dead a 21-year-old Palestinian man yesterday during an arrest operation in the occupied West Bank.

Muslims call for action against hate crimes

Islamophobic attacks have been on the rise, with an increase in assaults, vandalised mosques and desecrated graves

Settlers suspected in West Bank mosque attack

Israeli settlers were suspected of attempting to burn down a mosque in the occupied West Bank yesterday, drawing the condemnation of both Israeli and Palestinian officials.

Pamela Geller: American patriot or extremist firebrand?

Robert Chalmers meets the right-wing blogger to find out

At least four die as Syrian troops storm besieged mosque

Syrian troops and security officials stepped up their crackdown on anti-government protesters yesterday, killing at least four people as they stormed a besieged mosque at the centre of the uprising.

American Koran-burning preacher jailed

The militant Christian preacher Terry Jones was briefly jailed after a Michigan court ruled that a protest he planned outside a mosque was likely to provoke violence and ordered him to stay away.

Scores killed in Nigerian election violence

Hundreds of people have been arrested after deadly protests in opposition strongholds over President Goodluck Jonathan's weekend election victory.

Cloak-and-dagger day with the BNP – a party in crisis

Deserted manifesto launch signals election disaster
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Uganda's giants are flourishing once again

After the wholesale butchery of Idi Amin's regime, elephant populations are finally recovering
The London: After 350 years, the riddle of Britain's exploding fleet is finally solved

After 350 years, the riddle of Britain's exploding fleet is finally solved

Archaeologists will recover a crucial item from the wreck of the London which could help shed more light on what happened in the vessel's final seconds
Airbus has patented a jet that could fly from London to New York in one hour

Airbus has patented a jet that could fly from London to New York in one hour

The invention involves turbojets and ramjets - a type of jet engine - and a rocket motor
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10 best sun creams for kids

Protect delicate and sensitive skin with products specially formulated for little ones
Tate Sensorium: New exhibition at Tate Britain invites art lovers to taste, smell and hear art

Tate Sensorium

New exhibition at Tate Britain invites art lovers to taste, smell and hear art
Ashes 2015: Nice guy Steven Finn is making up for lost time – and quickly

Nice guy Finn is making up for lost time – and quickly

He was man-of-the-match in the third Test following his recall to the England side
Ashes 2015: Remember Ashton Agar? The No 11 that nearly toppled England

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Turkey-Kurdish conflict: Obama's deal with Ankara is a betrayal of Syrian Kurds and may not even weaken Isis

US betrayal of old ally brings limited reward

Since the accord, the Turks have only waged war on Kurds while no US bomber has used Incirlik airbase, says Patrick Cockburn
VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but doubts linger over security

'A gift from Egypt to the rest of the world'

VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but is it really needed?
Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, applauds a man who clearly has more important things on his mind
The male menopause and intimations of mortality

Aches, pains and an inkling of mortality

So the male menopause is real, they say, but what would the Victorians, 'old' at 30, think of that, asks DJ Taylor
Man Booker Prize 2015: Anna Smaill - How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?

'How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?'

Man Booker Prize nominee Anna Smaill on the rise of Kiwi lit
Bettany Hughes interview: The historian on how Socrates would have solved Greece's problems

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Art of the state: Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China

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Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China
Mildreds and Vanilla Black have given vegetarian food a makeover in new cookbooks

Vegetarian food gets a makeover

Long-time vegetarian Holly Williams tries to recreate some of the inventive recipes in Mildreds and Vanilla Black's new cookbooks