Mohammed Emwazi, or ‘Jihadi John’: according to a school yearbook, he was a fan of Manchester United and the band S Club 7, and his ambition was to become a football player. Photograph: Site Intel Group/Reuters

He was neither a military commander nor a political leader in the so-called Islamic State (IS), but Mohammed Emwazi, or “Jihadi John”, was the most fa(...)

Former French hostage Nicolas Henin at Villacoublay military airport outside Paris yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Etienne Laurent

Joy was written on the faces of Nicolas Hénin (37), his wife Isabel and their small children, Sophie and Émile, as the young family locked in a(...)

Hostages in Syria: French photographer Pierre Torres (left) and French reporter Nicolas Henin. Photographs: Janine Haidar/Chris Huby/AFP/Getty Images

Twenty-two western journalists are currently held hostage in Syria. At least 20 Syrian, Lebanese and Turkish journalists have also been kidnapped. Mor(...)

Soldiers loyal to the Syrian regime gesture while on their military vehicle in the village of Debaa near Qusayr. Photograph: Rami Bleible/Reuters

The Syrian army yesterday capitalised on its capture of the strategic town of Qusayr from rebel forces by seizing control of neighbouring villages. M(...)