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Malky Mackay: 'There is no excuse' for offensive texts

Former Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay has said there is "no excuse" for the "completely unacceptable" text messages he is alleged to have sent.

He said he would "humbly" ask people to consider whether their phone could be scrutinised without revealing "a certain amount of embarrassing texts".

He added that while more than three offensive text messages may have been found on his phone, he only sent three of them himself.

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Foley's brother: US 'could have done more' to free him

The brother of murdered journalist James Foley has said the US government "could have done more" to free him and other American hostages from Islamic State militants.

Michael Foley told Yahoo! News' Katie Couric, "Other nations have done that and that's been a source of frustration for me."

James Foley's brother Michael.
James Foley's brother and sister, Michael and Katie Foley, spoke to Yahoo! News. Credit: Yahoo! News

“I really, really hope that Jim’s death pushes us to take another look at our approach to terrorist and hostage negotiation,” he said.

Asked about the US government's stance on not paying ransom demands, Michael Foley said, "I understand with such a large nation it's difficult to cover all the bases but, even taking the money aside, there's more that could have been done on Jim's behalf".

Malky Mackay: 'I am no racist ... I am no homophobe'

Malky Mackay has insisted he is "no racist," "no homophobe" and "no anti-Semitic" after offensive text messages he is alleged to have sent were revealed.

The former Cardiff City manager said he was under "immense pressure" at the time the messages were sent, but admitted "it should not have happened".

Government 'looking at options' to combat extremism

Business Secretary Vince Cable says the government is "looking at a variety of options" to deal with Islamist extremism in the UK.

The government is facing calls to strengthen terror laws following the murder of US journalist James Foley apparently by a British jihadist.

Police 'reluctantly agreed' to give BBC notice of raid

Chief constable David Crompton says South Yorkshire Police was approached by a BBC journalist with detailed information about its investigation into Cliff Richard.

It "reluctantly agreed" to give the reporter notice of the day officers planned to search the property to dissuade them from publishing details in advance and protect the "integrity of the investigation". "It was not done in order to maximise publicity, contrary to some press reports," Mr Compton wrote in a letter to Keith Vaz.

Sir Cliff's Berkshire home was searched for five hours by police.
Sir Cliff's Berkshire home was searched for five hours by police. Credit: Press Association

Mr Crompton said an article appeared on the BBC website on the afternoon of the raid that suggested there had been a deliberate attempt to "ensure maximum coverage" by the force.

"The force contacted the BBC but the corporation refused to withdraw or adapt the article," he said in the letter.

"This appeared to be an attempt by the BBC to distance itself from what had taken place and cover up the fact that it had initiated contact with the force about the story. "This was misleading and was known by the BBC to be inaccurate."

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US 'hasn't ruled anything in or out' on Syria air strikes

The US Defence Secretary has not ruled anything "in or out" when it comes to conducting air strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria, the Pentagon Press Secretary has said.

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel speaking at a press conference yesterday.
US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel speaking at a press conference yesterday. Credit: Olivier Douliery/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

Asked whether Chuck Hagel had not ruled out air strikes on Syria, Rear Admiral John Kirby said, "The Secretary didn't rule anything in or out. He said that all options remain available and they do."

"I'm not going to speculate about where that might take this ... and I think you can understand why we wouldn't do that," he added.

Lineker: Any help 'has got to come from Gazza himself'

Former footballer and sports presenter Gary Lineker has said Paul Gascoigne has got to help himself recover from his alcohol problems.

Speaking at a news conference in Edinburgh, he said: "I wish him well but ultimately it's got to come from Paul."

Video courtesy of Edinburgh International Television Festival.

US continues air strikes on 'Isil terrorists' in Iraq

The US military has conducted three air strikes near Mosul Dam today in support of Iraqi security forces against "Isil terrorists," the US Central Command announced.

The strikes destroyed two Isil armed vehicles and a machine gun emplacement that was firing on Iraqi forces.

All aircraft exited the strike area safely.

– US Central Command statement

The US has conducted a total of 93 air strikes across Iraq since August 8, they added.

BBC accused of a 'cover up' over Cliff home search

The BBC has been accused of a "cover up" over its role in the police raid on Sir Cliff Richard's flat, following an allegation of sexual assault.

South Yorkshire police chief constable David Crompton claimed the corporation appeared to "distance itself from what had happened" after it broadcast the raid on the singer's Berkshire home.

Mr Crompton said the BBC's misleading and inaccurate portrayal of its involvement in what happened led to the force making a formal complaint.

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