An undated handout photograph provided by GlobalPost oshows American journalist James Foley who was kidnapped by unidentified gunmen in  Syria. The Islamic State (IS) militia released a video on 20 August 2014 purporting to show the decapitation of Foley. Photograph:  Nicole Tung / Courtesy of Global/EPA 1:10

US government agency the FBI believes the Islamic State video purporting to show the beheading of American journalist James Foley is authentic, Global(...)

Demonstrators hold up a sign  reflecting the protester chant of ‘Don’t shoot’ during a rally in Ferguson, Missouri, over the killing earlier this month of teenager Michael Brown.  Despite the Brown family’s continued call for peaceful demonstrations, violent protests have erupted nearly every night in Ferguson since his death. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images 1:06

Neglecting lessons of past civil disturbances such as the 1992 Rodney King riots in Los Angeles, police inflamed tensions that have fuelled more than(...)

Kurdish forces, known as peshmerga, stand guard near Mosul dam at the town of Chamibarakat outside Mosul in Iraq yesterday.  Photograph: AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed

Kurdish forces have taken control of most of Iraq’s largest dam after battling Islamic State fighters in nearby villages, reversing some of gains m(...)

A Colombian anti-drugs police officer checks bales of marijuana, part of a load of five tons, seized on the outskirts of Cali, Colombia. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Increasing numbers of women are being locked up in the ferocious prison systems of Latin America in the so-called “war against drugs”. Often poor and (...)

A Russian convoy of trucks carrying humanitarian aid for Ukraine is parked at a camp near Kamensk-Shakhtinsky, Rostov Region, today. Photograph: Reuters

Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists fought skirmishes near the Russian border today but there was no sign of the conflict widening after Kie(...)

Paddy Cosgrave: changed name of Dublin event back to Web Summit because, according to his spokeswoman, The Summit is hard to find on Google.

The two protaganists in the row between Web Summit and Summit Series have trod strikingly similar paths.Elliott Bisnow first showed an entrepreneurial(...)

Riot police stand on guard as demonstrators protest against the shooting dead of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, on Wednesday. A witness in the case told local media that Brown had raised his arms to police to show that he was unarmed before being killed.  Photograph: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

The police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri has been named as Darren Wilson.Speaking at a press conference out(...)

Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, who had fled  violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, take part  in a demonstration at the Iraqi-Syrian border crossing in Fishkhabour, Dohuk province, yesterday.  Photograph: Youssef Boudlal/Reuters

Nuri al-Maliki has given up his fight to remain prime minister of Iraq and now supports his replacement, Haider al-Abadi, state television has reporte(...)

Actress Lauren Bacall has died oaged 89 years old. Photograph: by Baron/Getty Images 1:27

Lauren Bacall, the actress whose provocative glamour elevated her to stardom in Hollywood’s golden age and whose lasting mystique put her on a plateau(...)

A displaced man and a woman from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State in Sinjar town, walk towards the Syrian border. Photograph: Rodi Said/Reuters

Iran turned its back on Nouri al-Maliki yesterday, and congratulated his designated successor as prime minister of Iraq, paving the way for Mr Maliki’(...)