Steven Sotloff

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A screengrab from a video, titled ‘The Islamic State: A message to the government and people of Japan’ which was posted on militant websites associated with the extremist group.

Japan has been dragged into the turmoil in the Middle East after Islamic State militants threatened to behead two of its nationals.The threat, issued (...)

Undated file family handout photo of Alan Henning the British aid worker as a video apparently showing the beheading of the British hostage who was kidnapped by IS militants, was released. Press Association

A video apparently showing the beheading of British hostage Alan Henning was released on the internet last night by Islamic State militants. The foota(...)

Alan Henning:  former taxi driver was kidnapped last December in Syria by Islamic State militants. Photograph: PA

The widow of British aid worker Alan Henning said his family and friends were “numb with grief” after receiving the news that he had been murdered by (...)

A frame grab from a video released by Jund al-Khilafah, an affiliate of Islamic State, on Tuesday purportedly showing Hervé Gourdel with an armed captor in Algeria.

President François Hollande last night confirmed the “cowardly, cruel, shameful murder” of Hervé Gourdel (55), the French mountain guide kidnapped by(...)

British prime minister David Cameron has said he would consult parliament before taking any military action. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA

British prime minister David Cameron has promised to take whatever steps are necessary to defeat the “monsters” in the Islamic State jihadi group w(...)

David Haines was in Syria working for the French charity Acted when he was abducted.

Britain resisted pressure today to join the United States in announcing air strikes against Islamic State after the militant group beheaded David Hain(...)

A still image from a  video purportedly showing  David Haines being held by a masked Islamic State fighter in an unknown location. Photograph: Islamic State via Reuters TV

The family of a Scottish aid worker thought to be being held by Islamic militants in Syria has urged his captors to contact them.Islamic State (IS) e(...)

US president Barack Obama delivers a televised address from the Cross Hall of the White House in Washington. Photograph: Saul Loeb/Pool via The New York Times

US president Barack Obama sought to make up some lost ground with a confident, uncharacteristically belligerent speech televised to the American peopl(...)

His speech on the Islamic State represents a critical moment for US president Barack Obama. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg.

In January, United States president Barack Obama dismissed the possibility of militant Islamic fighters in Iraq striking the US, saying their capacity(...)

Students light candles during a vigil honouring US journalist Steven Sotloff at the Reflection Pool on the campus of the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida. Photograph: David Manning/Reuters

The family of Steven Sotloff, the second American journalist beheaded by Islamic State militants, said yesterday he was “a gentle soul”, and challenge(...)

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