Israeli air strike kills three Hamas commanders in Gaza

21 Aug 2014

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israel killed three senior Hamas commanders in the Gaza Strip in an air strike on Thursday and said it would continue to target the group's armed leadership after a ceasefire failed. | Video

British Muslims blame jihadi subculture after beheading video

2:55am BST

LONDON/BAGHDAD - A British Muslim leader called for action on Thursday to tackle a jihadi sub-culture after an Islamic State video showed a suspected Briton beheading U.S. journalist James Foley, held hostage in Syria.

A man walks past a sign at an AstraZeneca site in Macclesfield, central England May 19, 2014.  REUTERS/Phil Noble

Pfizer showing interest in AstraZeneca again?

Shares in drugmaker AstraZeneca have climbed more than 7 percent this week, fuelled by speculation of renewed takeover interest from Pfizer, following an abortive $118 billion (71 billion pounds) takeover attempt in May.  Full Article 

Militant Islamist fighters waving flags, travel in vehicles as they take part in a military parade along the streets of Syria's northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

Islamist threat may bring Syria, West closer

Syria is wagering that Islamic State's push to reshape the Middle East will eventually force a hostile West to deal with President Bashar al-Assad as the only way to tackle the threat.  Full Article 

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond delivers a speech at the College of Europe in Bruges April 28, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Scottish nationalists look to broaden debate

With just less than a month to go until Scotland votes on independence, nationalists are seeking to broaden the debate away from a difficult focus on what currency would be used after breaking from the United Kingdom.  Full Article 

A woman carries shopping bags as she walks along Oxford Street in central London July 25, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall

Retail sales growth falls to eight-month low

British retail sales grew in July at the slowest annual rate since November of last year, while the government failed to make much of an inroad into public borrowing.  Full Article 

Yasmin (L), 16, pushes Hana (C), 16, on a swing after finishing a GCSE exam near their school in Hackney, east London June 6, 2013. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

More Muslim women in Britain donning the veil

Many young Muslim women living in Britain have chosen to adopt headscarves to declare their faith, despite rising violence against visibly identifiable Muslims.  Full Article 

England's manager Roy Hodgson throws a bottle of water during a training session prior to the 2014 World Cup, in Rio de Janeiro June 11, 2014.    REUTERS/Darren Staples

Hodgson urges young players to move abroad

England manager Roy Hodgson has urged his young international players to move abroad and enrich their football experience rather than sit on the substitutes' bench at Premier League clubs stacked full of overseas signings.  Full Article