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Journalist's brother urges US to help save fellow hostage

The brother of murdered journalist James Foley has urged the US Government and its allies to do more to secure the safety of fellow American journalist and Islamic State hostage Steven Sotloff.

Speaking to Good Morning Britain, Michael Foley said, "I don't have all the answers but what I can say is that I urge the US Government, our partners and our allies to do everything they can and to treat this with the utmost sense of urgency because there [are] things that can be done."

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UN 'making every effort' to release 43 peacekeepers

The UN is "making every effort to secure the release" of 43 peacekeepers detained by an armed group near Al Quneitra in the Golan Heights.

A further 81 peacekeepers are "currently being restricted to their positions" near Ar Ruwayhinah and Burayqah, the UN said.

An armoured vehicle carrying UNDOF peacekeepers near the Quneitra border crossing Credit: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

The nationalities of the peacekeepers, who were serving with the UN Disengagement Observer Force Zone (UNDOF), is not clear. As of 31st July, there were peacekeepers from Ireland, the Netherlands, Fiji, Nepal, India and the Philippines serving in the force.

Smoke rises from the Quneitra border crossing in Golan Heights after it came under attack on Wednesday Credit: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

Syrian jets shelled rebel positions near the Quneitra border crossing between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and fighting in the area is ongoing.

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