James Foley's brother says 'we're doing our best'

James Foley was killed in a video which showed him brutally being beheaded by an IS militant. His younger brother Michael Foley has spoken to the US media to vent his anger and frustration that the US did not do more to help free the kidnapped journalist.

He said he believes the United States let his murdered brother down and said that negotiating with terrorists should be considered, despite the White House refusing to, today we speak to him.

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Rise in sales of ice from Ice Bucket Challenge

UK Supermarket sales of ice have surged over the summer with the rise of the "Ice-bucket challenge".

Tesco says demand is up by more than 20 percent since the fundraising phenomenon went viral.

Who is Douglas Carswell?

Douglas Carswell (right) left the Conservative party to join UKIP.

Clacton-on-Sea's MP Douglas Carswell resigned from the Conservative party to join UKIP, triggering a by-election nine months before the next general election.

Who is this former Tory backbencher and what does he stand for?

  • Douglas Carswell is a vocally eurosceptic, libertarian politician heavily in favour of a more local style of Government.
  • He openly criticised ID cards and the quality of equipment given to troops in Afghanistan.
  • Carswell lead the campaign to eject the then-Speaker, Michael Martin, for his role in the expenses scandal which rocked Westminster in 2009.
  • In order to force Martin out of his position, Carswell broke Parliament rules by openly criticising the Speaker. MPs do not normally voice opinions on the Speaker because the role is meant to be neutral.
  • Carswell increased his majority in the next election by 12,068 votes, in what was now the constituency of Clacton-on-Sea. He is seeking re-election as a UKIP member.
  • If successful, UKIP will have their first MP.

Russia 'trains, arms and funds' Ukraine rebels

Obama said Russia was "already more isolated" than it had been since the end of the Cold War.

Russia has "backed, trained, armed, financed" separatist rebels throughout their campaign, Barack Obama has said.

The American President said he was looking at further sanctions against Russia for their alleged involvement with rebels fighting around the city of Donetsk.

The warning came as pro-Russian rebels seized the coastal town of Novoazovsk in south-eastern Ukraine and are planning to move up the coast towards Mariupol.

Joan Rivers 'resting comfortably' after op scare

Rivers was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital after she stopped breathing during throat surgery.

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Comedian Joan Rivers is "resting comfortably" in hospital after she received emergency medial care, her daughter has said.

Melissa Rivers made the announcement in a statement and thanked "everyone for their overwhelming love and support" for her mother.

The 81-year-old was in a "critical condition" after she was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York when she stopped breathing during a procedure at Yorkville Endoscopy.

Hospitals to be ranked on food quality

Hospitals in England will now be ranked on the quality of their meals, under new rules to banish unacceptable food in the NHS. Those that fail to make the grade will face regular spot checks and large fines. But campaigners say the new standards will amount to nothing unless they're legally binding.

Today the government's promising to drive up the standard of hospital food. It's publishing new mandatory standards for the first time. And there's also a new website which ranks every hospital in England according to the quality of its food.

Ruth Isden is one of the advisers on the Government's hospital food panel, she said what we need to remember is that "hospitals aren't hotels".