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Britain's Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said on Sunday that the killing of US journalist James Foley by a man speaking with an English accent was an "utter betrayal of our country". There is growing concern in London that British passport holders who travel to fight in Iraq and Syria could return to commit attacks on British soil. The Islamic State (IS) jihadist group posted a video on Tuesday in which a masked militant with a London accent is seen executing Foley, who had been missing since his capture in Syria in 2012.
Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard said it has brought down an Israeli stealth drone above the Natanz uranium enrichment site in the centre of the country. "A spy drone of the Zionist regime (Israel) was brought down by a missile... This stealth drone was trying to approach the Natanz nuclear zone," the corps said in a statement on its official website sepahnews.com. Natanz is Iran's main uranium enrichment site, housing more than 16,000 centrifuges.
Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine paraded dozens of captured soldiers before a jeering crowd on Sunday in mockery of Independence Day celebrations in the capital. Ukraine's pro-Western government had sought to boost morale with an upbeat military parade to mark the country's independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Speaking to a crowd of thousands in the iconic Independence Square, known locally as the Maidan, President Petro Poroshenko decried Russian "aggression" and said he was "convinced that the battle for Ukraine, for independence, will be our success".
Islamist militias openly challenged the legitimacy of parliament after announcing their seizure of Tripoli airport, plunging Libya's rocky political transition into fresh crisis on Sunday. The militias, which the elected parliament branded as "terrorists", said the house had lost its legitimacy through its alleged complicity with a deadly air strike on the airport that the Islamists blamed on Egypt and the United Arab Emirates. "The Emirates and Egypt are implicated in this cowardly aggression," Mohammed Hadia, spokesman for the Fajr Libya (Libya Dawn) militia, said late on Saturday. Parliament, for its part, fired back at the militias which announced their seizure of Tripoli airport after a weeks-long battle against nationalist rivals for control of the strategic facility.
The 'Yes' and 'No' camps in Scotland's independence debate were preparing Sunday for their final TV showdown of the campaign, trading fresh blows on the economy -- and the ice bucket challenge. Three weeks before Scotland votes on whether to split from Britain, pro-independence First Minister Alex Salmond will face Alistair Darling, leader of the 'No' campaign, in their second debate on Monday night. Opinion polls indicate that Scots are set to reject independence in the referendum on September 18. Salmond and the pro-independence camp argue that Scotland would be wealthier as a separate country while Darling and the 'No' camp say being part of Britain gives Scotland greater economic stability.
Israeli air strikes pounded Gaza Sunday, killing at least a dozen people, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the bloody offensive would continue as long as necessary. Israel and Hamas, who have been fighting for 48 days, looked unlikely to end their deadly face-off even after Egypt called for an indefinite ceasefire and new truce talks to end a war that has killed more than 2,100 Palestinians and 68 Israelis, mostly soldiers. On of Sunday's air strikes killed Hamas financial official Mohammed al-Ghul as he was travelling by car in Gaza City, Israel's army said in a statement. Gaza medics confirmed the death.
Jihadists from the Islamic State group have seized Tabqa military airport, the last remaining Syrian army base in northern Raqa province, a monitoring group and state media said Sunday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said there were still clashes taking place on the outskirts of the airport, but that it was under control of the militants. Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman said the bodies of "dozens" of Syrian troops killed in the battle for the airport were still inside the facility. "After heavy fighting by the forces defending the Tabqa airport, our forces implemented a regrouping operation after the evacuation of the airport," the broadcaster said in a breaking news alert.