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Foley's parents 'underestimated how brutal they were'

The mother of James Foley, the US journalist executed by Islamist militants, told NBC's Today show that they had previously attempted to negotiate with the extremists holding their son hostage.

"The last time we heard from them was in December, actually. In December we had received several emails but then they stopped communicating," Diane Foley said.

"And so we were just anxiously waiting. We had established a special email and sent multiple messages hoping to engage them."

James' father, John, said he had been "excited" to see the most recent Islamic State email "despite the conclusion that they would execute Jim" and that he "did not realise how brutal they were."

Two arrested over alleged rape at Reading Festival

A 14-year-old boy and a 31-year-old man have been arrested on suspicion of raping a young woman at Reading Festival.

The victim, 19, claims she was attacked in a caravan on the festival traders' site on Thursday night after having met the pair near an ice cream van.

The boy, from Surrey, and man, from London, are being held in custody, Thames Valley Police said.

Chief Inspector Dave Parker said: "There is currently a scene watch in place and I would like to reassure those attending the festival that crime levels remain low and crimes of this nature are very rare."

Police said there had been 21 arrests at the festival, where Arctic Monkeys are headlining, since Wednesday for drugs and theft offences.

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Foley's parents: We hoped to negotiate with Islamists

The parents of James Foley have told NBC's Today show that they had hoped to negotiate with the Islamic State (IS) extremists who murdered their son.

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"I hoped we could engage in negotiations with them." -John Foley on communication with ISIS.

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"We just pray that they will be set free." -John Foley on the fate of the other hostages.

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"Jim will live on." -John & Diane Foley speaking about their son's legacy.

Hamas 'publicly executes seven Palestinians' in Gaza

Hamas has allegedly publicly executed seven Palestinians suspected of being informants for Israel in a central Gaza square, according to Reuters.

The victims, who had their heads covered and hands tied, were shot dead by masked gunmen dressed in blank in front of a crowd of worshippers outside a mosque, witnesses and al-Majd, a pro-Hamas website, said.

Another 11 people suspected of being Israel informant were killed earlier today.

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Three arrested after Europa League clashes

Three Hull City Fans were arrested during clashes in Belgium before and after the Hull City v Lokeren match.

Officers from Humberside say they are working with local police in Belgium looking at any offences which may have been committed by Hull fans either before or after the match last night.

Three arrests were made, two for being drunk and disorderly and one for criminal damage.

Humberside Police say they will take extra precautions to ensure a repeat does not happen at the return leg in Hull next week.

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Dr Loo! Replica Tardis transformed into luxury toilet

The Time Lord's legendary Tardis has been turned into a luxury toilet for customers at a cafe in Bristol.

Is it really bigger on the inside? The Who Loo was fitted at the Warmley Waiting Room two weeks ago.
Is it really bigger on the inside? The Who Loo was fitted at the Warmley Waiting Room two weeks ago. Credit: SWNS

Justin Hoggans paid £1,800 for a replica of Doctor Who's iconic blue police call box and spent a further £1,500 turning the Tardis into a luxury loo for customers at his cafe, the Warmley Waiting Room.

The Who Loo, which is kitted out with toilet, sink, gleaming silver taps and tiled floors and walls, has been attracting plenty of the show's fans, who are curious to find out whether the Tardis really is bigger on the inside.

Hoggans, who runs the cafe with his wife Claire, told the Bristol Post: "We have always loved Doctor Who and we went to a B&B that had a Tardis as a changing room for their hot tub, which our kids loved. This gave me the idea.

"Lots of people, young and old, seem to love it - it's a talking point and a bit of fun, but also functional."

Family of suspected Irish Ebola victim 'not told of fears'

The family of an Irishman who died in a suspected case of Ebola in Donegal first learned his death may be linked to the disease through the media, a parish priest has claimed.

Relatives of 43-year-old Dessie Quinn, who was found dead in his parent's home on Wednesday, were not told of medics' suspicions before the country's Health Services Executive issued a public statement last night, Father Adrian Gavigan said.

"It was told to the public, it was not told to the family. The family told me that they had no word at all from the Health Service Executive that this is what is being investigated," he said.

Dessie Quinn's body has been transferred to Letterkenny General Hospital.
Dessie Quinn's body has been transferred to Letterkenny General Hospital. Credit: Google Maps

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The HSE insisted that it maintained close contact with the Quinn family following the father-of-one's death and said that it only issued the statement following media reports.

"The HSE was in contact with some family members from the outset of the tragic situation yesterday," a spokeswoman said.

"The story broke in the media just before 6pm yesterday at which point the HSE had to make a public statement on the matter, given the urgency and nature of a public health issue such as this.

"The HSE has expressed its sincere condolences to the family for their loss."

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