Thai police said last week that Win Zaw Htun (left) and Zaw Lin  had confessed to murdering British backpackers Hannah Witheridge and David Miller on a beach on the island of Koh Tao on September 15th. Photograph: EPA/STR

Two Burmese men accused of murdering two British backpackers in Thailand have alleged that they were beaten by police in order to extract confessions.(...)

An undated video grab taken from YouTube of David Bolam, a British teacher who was held hostage by militants in Libya who has now been released. Photograph: YouTube/PA Wire.

A British man who had been held hostage by militants in Libya has been released.The British Foreign Office said it was “glad that David Bolam is safe (...)

Rescue workers close bags with bodies of two foreign tourist found dead on a beach on Koh Tao island yesterday. Photograph: Reuters 0:42

Police in Thailand said they are focusing on migrant workers in the hunt for the killer responsible for the murder of a British man and woman found de(...)

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a report last month that Syria has enough equipment to transfer the chemicals out of the country. Photograph: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Syria has submitted a new 100-day plan for the removal of its chemical weapons after failing to meet a February 5th deadline, but the internat(...)

Susan Taylor who died swimming the English Channel for charity. Photograph: Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People/PA
Woman dies during Channel swim
  • UK
  • July 15, 2013, 16:27

A woman has died while attempting to swim the English Channel for charity, the British Foreign Office said.Susan Taylor, who was in her 30s, was swim(...)

Nigeria's president Goodluck Jonathan arrives with other officials during a working visit to Borno state in the northeast earlier this week.  Photograph: Reuters

A breakaway Islamic extremist group in Nigeria has claimed to have killed seven foreigners who its members kidnapped in the north of the count(...)