RAAF completes first ammunition drop to Kurdish forces fighting Isis

A Royal Australian Air Force plane has delivered ammunition to Kurdish forces as Ban Ki-moon endorses intervention in Iraq

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Gary Barlow apologises over tax affairs

Pop star takes to Twitter to say sorry to fans and reveal that he is 'working to settle things with all parties involved'

Pop star Gary Barlow has finally broken his silence to apologise following damaging tax-dodging allegations. The multimillionaire former Take That singer-songwriter was accused earlier this year of being involved in an "aggressive" tax avoidance scheme.

Barlow, a prolific tweeter, refused to comment after coming under a deluge of criticism. Some called for him to be stripped of his OBE when the story broke in May. Barlow, 43, was awarded his OBE by the Queen in November 2012.

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Wayne Rooney ready to reboot Roy Hodgsons England against Norway

Rooney: England about to start new chapter
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Captain stands tall in shallow end of shrinking talent pool

Wayne Rooney will lead England out into a half-full Wembley stadium for Wednesday evenings friendly against Norway wearing the armband for the first time as permanent captain and intent upon convincing a sceptical public that the national side can thrive following their traumatic World Cup campaign in Brazil.

The Manchester United striker, by 68 caps the most experienced outfield player in Roy Hodgsons team, remains convinced he can still fulfil an ambition to claim silverware with England and will attempt to start the process of re-engaging with a support left disaffected by the sides worst performance at a World Cup. The home team will seek to demonstrate evidence of promise and progress against Norway before travelling to Switzerland for Mondays awkward Euro 2016 qualifier, with Rooney eager to take on the added responsibility demanded by the captaincy.

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DNA clears North Carolina inmates after 30 years in prison

Half-brothers released after newly discovered evidence clears men in 1983 rape and murder of 11-year-old Sabrina Buie

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British government faces dilemma by refusing to pay hostage ransoms to Isis

Other European states' payments save hostages but fuel further abductions by boosting jihadi groups' coffers and effectiveness Continue reading...

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Should N.Y. Orthodox students hide their kippot on the way to school?

After a Jewish couple was attacked by purported pro-Palestinian supporters, a controversy broke up when Manhattan's premier Orthodox school suggested students wear baseball caps when walking around the neighborhood.

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Hamas popularity ‘surges after Gaza war’

Survey suggests rising support for Hamas, with leader Ismail Haniya preferred as president to incumbent Mahmoud Abbas.

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Home Depot says probing ‘unusual activity’ after data breach report

(Reuters) - Home Depot Inc said on Tuesday it was working with law enforcement to investigate "some unusual activity" related to customer data but that it could not confirm if it had become the latest retailer to be hit by a large-scale security breach.

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Stan Goldberg, superhero of comic-book illustration, dies at 82

Goldberg, who started his career at 16, was the color designer for almost every Marvel Comics cover throughout the 1950s and 60s.

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Islamic State issues video of beheading of U.S. hostage

DUBAI (Reuters) - The Islamic State released a video on Tuesday purporting to show the beheading of American hostage Steven Sotloff, raising the stakes in its confrontation with Washington over U.S. air strikes on its insurgents in Iraq.

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