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US: Russia convoy 'a flagrant violation' of sovereignty

The White House has called a Russian convoy's move into Ukraine a "flagrant violation" of the country's sovereignty and urged Russia to remove it or face more economic sanctions.

A Russian convoy drives onto the territory of a Russia-Ukraine border crossing point at Donetsk.
A Russian convoy drives onto the territory of a Russia-Ukraine border crossing point at Donetsk. Credit: REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

White House deputy national security Ben Rhodes told reporters that sending the convoy into Ukraine adds to the escalation of the conflict "in a dangerous way."

The United States plans to discuss the situation with the UN Security Council later today, he added.

Executions help explain Hamas' stranglehold over Gaza

by - Senior International Correspondent

Hamas clearly wanted publicity. Not only were these public executions - they allowed photographs to be taken. Most of the images are too gruesome to show.

Palestinians crowd in to watch as Hamas militants execute Palestinians suspected of collaborating with Israel
Palestinians crowd in to watch as Hamas militants execute Palestinians suspected of collaborating with Israel Credit: REUTERS/Stringer

Obviously these public executions do nothing for the Palestinian cause in the international court of public opinion, but they do illustrate why Hamas has such a stranglehold over Gaza.

One of the recurring questions throughout this war is: How much support does Hamas actually have? Well this ruthless display explains why there are so few dissenting voices.?

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Renewed urgency on preventing radicalisation in the UK

As the hunt continues for the extremist who murdered journalist James Foley, there is a renewed urgency on preventing the radicalisation of young British Muslims.

The on-screen beheading by the apparently British jihadist has cast a new light on the 500 Britons believed to have travelled to Syria and Iraq to fight with terrorist groups.

ITV News Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen reports:

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".

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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.

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.

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.

US 'not the only tool' in fight against Islamic State

The US "is not going to be the only tool in the toolbox" that can be used in the fight against Islamic State, the Pentagon press secretary has said.

Speaking at press briefing, Rear Admiral John Kirby stressed that an "international approach" was needed to deal with the Islamist militant group.

Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby.
Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby addresses reporters today. Credit: Pool

But he warned that a "multi-lateral and multi-national approach" to dealing with the threat "will take time to develop."

"I think we all recognise that this group didn't grow up overnight, they didn't get the capabilities that they got overnight - we've been watching them for a while," he added.

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