British intelligence has been racing to identify the man who appeared in a video of James Foley's beheading. According to British media outlets, they have a "key...

UN chief welcomes Gaza ceasefire

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hopes a longterm Gaza ceasefire will lead to a final Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.

US rules out working with Syria

The US says it will not co-ordinate with the Assad regime on targeting Islamic State militants on Syrian territory, but has begun reconnaissance flights.

Hamas chiefs appear in public

Shortly after a Gaza truce took hold, key Hamas and Islamic Jihad figures appeared in public for the first time since early July.

Abbas announces Gaza truce deal

Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas has announced a deal has been reached with Israel over a long-term end to fighting in Gaza.
Thousands of militiamen are gathering in preparation for a battle to break a two-month jihadist siege of the Shi'ite Turkmen town of Amerli.
Millions in and around the war-torn enclave of Gaza have enjoyed a welcome night of peace during which there were no strikes.
Syria has offered to work with the US to battle Islamists amid growing global pressure to launch attacks on Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.
Israel has returned fire after a rocket launched from Lebanon hit Upper Galilee.
There appeared to be little outward sign of the warring parties' interest in a proposed Egyptian truce deal between Israel and the Palestinians.
After bringing down an Israeli stealth drone above the Natanz uranium enrichment site in the centre Iran, Tehran says it will arm Palestinians.
A suicide attack at a Shi'ite place of worship, or husseiniyah, in eastern Baghdad killed 11 people and wounded 32.
US National Security Adviser Susan Rice says the released US hostage Theo Curtis should be reunited with his loved ones shortly.
A six-day battle for Tabqa airport in Syria has claimed more than 500 Syrian soldiers and Islamic State fighters.
With another four Palestinians killed, Egypt has proposed a new Gaza ceasefire that would open key crossings into the blockaded territory.
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