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13 minutes ago // The Washington Post

world Islamic State claims to have beheaded American journalist Steven Sotloff

A new video attributed to the Islamic State terrorist organization purports to show the beheading of U.S. journalist Steven J. Sotloff, marking the second execution-style killing of an American in recent weeks by a group that controls parts of Iraq and Syria and has threatened other captives.

13 minutes ago // Wall Street Journal

world Video Purports to Show Beheading of American Journalist

Militants from the Islamic State have posted a video purporting to show the beheading of journalist Steven Sotloff, according to the SITE Intelligence Group.

18 minutes ago // BBC

world Cockatoos teach tool-making tricks

Cockatoos learn to make and use tools when shown by another bird, research reveals.

19 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Where to sell your iPhone 5s, 5c and 5

All signs say Apple will introduce the iPhone 6 next week and start selling it by the end of the month. If you want to sell an old iPhone, the time is now.

20 minutes ago // Wall Street Journal

world British Activist Andy Hall in Thai Court

The defamation trial of a British activist who campaigns for better working conditions for foreign migrant laborers began in Thailand on Tuesday.

23 minutes ago // UPI

world Ebola outbreak in West Africa can be stopped with 3 steps, says CDC

JC FinleyATLANTA, Sept. 2 UPI -- Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, offers three steps that can be taken to stop West Africa's Ebola outbreak.

23 minutes ago // CBS

world Ukraine says it is now battling the Russian military

While the U.S. says Russia has made an "illegal incursion" on Ukrainian territory, Kiev says there's now thousands of troops at the rebels side

27 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world NFL agrees to release actuarial report for concussion settlement

The NFL has agreed to release an actuarial report that assessed the financial sufficiency of the leagues proposed concussion settlement with retired players, according to multiple court filings Tuesday.

27 minutes ago // BBC

world Meadow protection plan 'backfires'

A bid to safeguard endangered wildflower meadows has backfired, according to an unpublished report by the watchdog English Nature.

32 minutes ago // New York Times

world Waging a Desperate Fight, an Iraqi Town Holds off Militants

The siege of Amerli, a northern Shiite Turkmen community, is thought to be the first instance in which a town has kept ISIS at bay since the group began its march through Iraq.

32 minutes ago // BBC

world Wormwood Scrubs 'filthy and unsafe'

Wormwood Scrubs prison in west London is described as "filthy" and unsafe in a report by inspectors.

33 minutes ago // BBC

world Lib Dems pledge more free childcare

The Liberal Democrats pledge 15 hours of free childcare for all two-year-olds in England, as they begin to set out pre-election policies.

36 minutes ago // CBS

world Chris Brown pleads guilty to assault in D.C.

Singer Chris Brown pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault in Washington, D.C. and was sentenced to time served. Brown admitted to punching Parker Adams while he was out on probation for assaulting former girlfriend, Rihanna. WUSA-TV's Bruce Leshan reports.

36 minutes ago // BBC

world UK moves up global economic ranking

The UK edges up the World Economic Forum's worldwide rankings, but the group warns that the health of the global economy is at risk.

36 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Abbott government: we will not be intimidated by murders - politics live

Treasurer Joe Hockey is defending the governments deal with Clive Palmer to scrap superannuation rises as national security comes into focus again with Sotloff murder claim. Follow it live... Continue reading...

36 minutes ago // BBC

world Allergy mistakes 'risking lives'

Thousands of lives are put at risk each year by doctors prescribing drugs that patients are known to be allergic to, the medicines watchdog says.

37 minutes ago // BBC

world VIDEO: Care homes: Views from the inside

Inhabitants of a care home for the elderly in Kent talk about their experience of living and ageing there.

37 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Morning Mail: Isis kill journalist Steven Sotloff, Putin says he could conquer Kiev 'in 14 days', mining tax scrapped

Guardian Australias morning news briefing from around the web Continue reading...

37 minutes ago // The Independent

world Postcard from... Paris

This week the streets of Paris will fill with returning Parisians who deserted their city during August. That doesnt mean it was empty over the past few weeks: quite the contrary. Tourists still came in their droves not surprisingly, as this summer France was again named the worlds most-visited country.

37 minutes ago // The Independent

world Criminals and corrupt politicians steal $1trn a year from world's poorest countries

At least $1trn a year is being stolen from the worlds poorest countries by criminals and corrupt officials who siphon cash through money laundering, tax evasion and embezzlement.

41 minutes ago // BBC

world DNA overturns 30-year US convictions

Two US men who spent three decades in prison for rape and murder, one on death row, are released after new DNA evidence proves their innocence.

43 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Study: Low-carb diet beats low-fat for weight loss and heart health

Good news for people who like oil more than bread: People on a low-carbohydrate diet lowered certain risk factors for cardiovascular disease and lost nearly three times as much weight as those on a low-fat diet, a new study found.

49 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Accused Melbourne gang rapists turn themselves in

Police interview then release five men aged between 19 and 21 over alleged rape in South Yarra laneway Continue reading...

50 minutes ago // USA Today

world Islamic State releases video depicting another beheading

The group is trying to drive the U.S. out of the Mideast.

52 minutes ago // Reuters

world Ukraine rebels say they are poised to recapture Donetsk airport

BRUSSELS/DONETSK Ukraine Reuters - EU officials proposed sanctions on Tuesday to starve Russian firms of cash as punishment for Moscow's role in Ukraine, where rebels said they were storming Donetsk airport, potentially their biggest prize since turning the war's tide last week.

53 minutes ago // CBS

world Pentagon says Somali Islamist leader was target of airstrike

Rear Adm. John Kirby, Pentagon spokesman said Ahmed Abdi Godane, who leads the extremist al-Shabaab group, was the focus of the attack but it is unclear if he was killed

54 minutes ago // Wall Street Journal

world Mexico Plans New $9.2 Billion Airport

Mexican President Enrique Pea Nieto will unveil plans for a new Mexico City airport that will eventually be the largest in Latin America and serve as a regional hub, officials said.

55 minutes ago // Newsvine

world Gazprom-controlled bank hires former senators Lott, Breaux as lobbyists

A bank affiliated with Russian energy giant Gazprom has hired former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott and former Sen. John Breaux to lobby against U.S. sanctions. According to a lobbying disclosure Friday, Lott and Breaux will focus on “banking laws and regulations incl …

56 minutes ago // Wall Street Journal

world Tale of British Jihadists Shows Risks

The saga of two Birmingham friends underscores the hurdles that face Western intelligence agencies as they scramble to curb the number of young, Western-born men traveling to Syria and Iraq to wage jihad.

59 minutes ago // New York Times

world Open Source: Video Shows Panic in Liberia as Man Wanders Out of Ebola Clinic

A man suspected of having Ebola sowed panic in the Liberian capital, Monrovia, when he wandered out of a treatment center.

1 hour ago // Boston Herald

world Video purports to show beheading of US journalist

BEIRUT Islamic State extremists released a video Tuesday purportedly showing the beheading of a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, and warning President Barack Obama that as long as U.S. airstrikes against the militant group continue, "our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people."The footage depicting what the U.S. called a sickening act of brutality was posted two weeks after the release of video showing the killing of James Foley and just days aft

1 hour ago // The Guardian

world Detroit's creditors seek to derail historic bankruptcy trial as it begins

Saddled with $18bn in debt as its population continues to dwindle, the citys attempt to restructure its finances comes under intense pressure Continue reading...

1 hour ago // BBC

world Islamic State 'kills US hostage'

An Islamic State video purporting to show the beheading of Steven Sotloff, a US journalist abducted by the group, is released.

1 hour ago // BBC

world Gary Barlow "settling tax affairs"

Singer Gary Barlow has said he is working with new accountants to settle his tax affairs.

1 hour ago // BBC

world Gary Barlow "settling tax affairs"

Singer Gary Barlow has said he is working with new accountants following controversy over his tax dealings.

1 hour ago // The Times of India

world World 'losing battle' to contain Ebola: MSF

International medical agency Medecins sans Frontieres said Tuesday the world was "losing the battle" to contain Ebola as the United Nations warned of severe food shortages in the hardest-hit countries.