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 president Barack Obama has said the beheading of American journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants “shocked the conscience of the entire w(...)

President Barack Obama makes a statement on the crash of a Malaysian Airlines flight in eastern Ukraine during a visit to the Port of Wilmington, Delaware, US, today. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

President Barack Obama said he’s directed his national security team to stay in touch with Ukrainian authorities as they respond to the crash of a Mal(...)

Residents gather near the scene of a massacre by gunmen in the coastal Kenyan town of Mpeketoni last month. Photograph: Joseph Okanga/Reuters

Gunmen killed at least 29 people in raids on two separate areas on the Kenyan coast, the interior ministry said today.The Somali Islamist militant gr(...)

Local residents look at destroyed vehicles at the site of fighting in the eastern Ukrainian port city of Mariupol. Ukrainian government forces have reclaimed Mariupol from pro-Russian separatists in heavy fighting say they have regained control of a long stretch of the border with Russia. Photograph: Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters

Ukrainian government forces have reclaimed the port city of Mariupol from pro-Russian separatists in heavy fighting and say they have regained contro(...)

Belgium’s prime minister Elio Di Rupo (left) and Francophone Socialist party (PS) chairman Paul Magnette leave a meeting with King Philippe at the Royal Palace in Brussels. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Belgium began the process of forming a new government yesterday as outgoing prime minister Elio Di Rupo resigned from cabinet and King Philippe met(...)

A local woman watches armed pro-Russia militia  march towards a polling station during the referendum in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slaviansk. Photograph: Reuters/Yannis Behrakis

Ukraine has condemned a rebel referendum in eastern regions that its pro-Russian organisers claim gives them the right to split from the country.Accor(...)

Young men clash with Ukrainian riot police during a pro-Ukrainian rally in the eastern city of Donetsk today. Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters

Several people were wounded today when pro-Russian separatists attacked a rally in support of Ukrainian unity in the separatist-held city of Do(...)

US president Barack Obama shakes hands with Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe (right) at a joint news conference at the Akasaka Palace today. Photograph: Reuters

US president Barack Obama said today more sanctions were “teed up” against Russia if it does not deliver on promises in an agreement in Geneva (...)

Pro-Russian protesters stand in formation near a Ukrainian military base in Mariupol. Ukraine’s interior minister said today that three pro-Russian separatists were killed in shooting that broke out overnight in the town on the Sea of Azov. Photograph: Stringer/Reuters

Ukrainian forces killed three pro-Russian militants in the country’s restive east overnight, ahead of international crisis talks in Geneva betw(...)

Afghan policemen stand guard near the site of an attack in Kabul in which gunmen fired shots inside the luxury Serena hotel. Photograph: Mohammad Ismail/Reuters.

Four Taliban gunmen have been killed in a shootout with security forces after they attacked a luxury hotel today in the centre of the Afghan ca(...)