Journalist James Foley was on assignment for Boston-based website Global Post and the Agence France-Presse when he was taken hostage at a checkpoint in northern Syria in November 2012. Photograph: AP Photo

Islamic extremists threaten to kill second US journalist held captive

An Islamic State fighter keeps guard as  employees of the group, hired to monitor and check the quality of goods in markets, throw away confiscated products in central Raqqa. Photograph: Reuters

A documentary by an Arab journalist provides a chilling portrayal of life in northern Syria and Iraq

Charles de Gaulle with President Éamon de Valera at Áras an Uachtaráin in June 1969, shortly after the former had resigned as president of France. Researchers in Belfast and Lille have traced de Gaulle’s roots to Co Down. Photograph: Jimmy McCormack

Paris Letter: researchers trace ‘last great Frenchman’ to McCartan family

Iraqi Christians celebrate the Feast of the Assumption at Notre Dame de Chaldée in Paris yesterday. Photograph: Lara Marlowe

Advance of Islamic State radicals could spell end of Christian presence in northern Iraq

Inas (left), an Iraqi Christian living in exile in Paris, talks often to her sister Mariam, a refugee from the jihadists of the Islamic State, via Skype. Photograph: Lara Marlowe

A Christian woman forced to flee Mosul describes the terror there

The tour guide, Catherine Ekima. Photograph: Des Harris/The Picture Desk

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The entrance to the Paris criminal investigation department headquarters at 36 Quai des Orfèvres in the French capital. Photograph: Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty Images

‘Jonathan G’ seen carrying two large plastic bags out of building on night of theft

President Higgins addresses the Festival Interceltique de Lorient in France. Photograph: Shane O’Neill

“Of all the regions of France, none is closer to Irish hearts than Brittany,” said the President

President Michael D Higgins: ‘The Celts of Europe travelled much longer and farther than previously thought’. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

President Higgins warmly welcomed as only head of state of a Celtic country

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