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U.N. says Syria death toll tops 190,000, rights envoy raps world powers

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GENEVA - More than 191,000 people were killed in the first three years of Syria's civil war, a U.N. report said on Friday, and the world body's human rights envoy rebuked leading powers for failing to halt what she branded a "wholly avoidable human catastrophe". | Video

Pressure mounts on Europeans to take more action against Islamic State 5:24pm BST

LONDON/PARIS - European leaders face calls to take direct action against the Islamic State including in Syria after the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley, but politicians are reluctant to take the lead after previous missteps in the region.

Dutch say fight against Islamic State insurgents must go to Syria 1:45pm BST

AMSTERDAM - Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans said on Friday that the fight against Islamic State insurgents can only be successful if the jihadi militants are confronted in Syria as well as Iraq.

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Syria reinforces air base under Islamic State attack - monitor 8:06am BST

BEIRUT - Syrian government forces have sent reinforcements to an air base being attacked by Islamic State militants in northeast Syria where no fewer than 30 of the radical group's fighters were killed on Thursday, a group monitoring the violence said.

Execution of U.S. journalist reveals the changing business of war coverage 6:44am BST

NEW YORK - A chilling video showing the execution of journalist James Foley by Islamist militants marks the second time an American reporter has been beheaded by captors overseas, echoing the murder of Wall Street Journal correspondent Daniel Pearl in Pakistan in 2002.

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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.

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British Muslims blame jihadi subculture after beheading video 21 Aug 2014

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.

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Insight - Syria sees Islamist threat bringing detente with West, but not soon 21 Aug 2014

BEIRUT - 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.

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U.S. military failed in rescue attempt for journalist Foley 21 Aug 2014

BAGHDAD/EDGARTOWN Mass. - The U.S. military earlier this summer carried out an attempt to rescue journalist James Foley and other American hostages held in Syria, a U.S. official said on Wednesday, in an operation that the Pentagon said ultimately failed to find the captives. | Video

U.S. forces tried but failed to rescue U.S. hostages in Syria 21 Aug 2014

WASHINGTON/EDGARTOWN Mass. - U.S. forces attempted to rescue journalist James Foley and other American hostages during a secret mission into Syria and exchanged gunfire with Islamic State militants only to discover the captives were not there, officials said on Wednesday.

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UN: Syrian death toll just over 191,000

The death toll in Syria's three-year conflict has risen to more than 191, 000, more than double the figure documented a year ago, according to the United Nations. Deborah Gembara reports.

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