Ian Hartley

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How Islamic State is expanding its empire of terror

Marched on to a Libyan beach in now gruesomely familiar orange jumpsuits, the last moments of 21 Coptic Christians carried the vicious jolt of previous Isis snuff videos, but with an added charge of fear.<p>The setting, in Libya, suggested that the group was spreading further and faster than even …

Inside the Islamic State ‘capital’: no end in sight to its grim rule

When Isis took over Raqqa, a wave of black swept over the city. The group’s dark flags were raised where its members lived or worked, women were required to shroud themselves in black, and black paint was daubed on buildings and in public spaces.<p>When US air strikes started, though, activists warned …

Scottish woman who married Isis fighter 'wants to become a martyr'

A Scottish woman who travelled to Syria and married an Islamic State (Isis) fighter told her parents she wanted to become a martyr and would see them again on the "day of judgment".<p>Aqsa Mahmood left her family home in Glasgow last November and called her parents from the Turkish border before …

A vote to criminalise gender-selective abortion will be a disaster for women | Rebecca Schiller

Britain should address the pressures on women, not criminalise them – as happened in the US<p>Today MPs will vote on whether to amend the serious crime bill to make abortion based on foetal gender a crime. As someone who cares about gender discrimination, the idea of sex-selective abortion is hard to …

Feminism

'Aborting my baby because it was a boy felt liberating - I'd do it again in a heartbeat'

A "feminist" blogger has hit back at those outraged by her decision to have a termination because of the baby's gender and said she would "do it …

Wife divorces husband because he wouldn't give up on their Down's syndrome baby

Dad refuses to give up newborn son with Down syndrome after wife leaves him View gallery<p>A mother has left her husband and newborn baby, because their …

Scientists pledge to increase interference with the Church | Dean Burnett

UK Church groups have recently been criticised for campaigning against the legalisation of mitochondrial donation. As their efforts failed, a group of emboldened scientists has vowed to turn the tables and interfere with matters of religion<p>The Catholic Church and Church of England have recently …

Church of England

Ukip urged to cut ties with Christian group over gay ‘depravity’ comments

Party distances itself from Christian Soldiers of Ukip after newsletter suggests gay people can be converted from state of vice<p>A Ukip-authorised Christian group has been condemned for distributing a newsletter that refers to gay people as depraved sodomites and argues that they could be converted …

Amazing drone footage shows Auschwitz and its chilling scale from the air

Video Loading<p>This chilling video shows the huge scale of the Nazi death camps Auschwitz and Birkenau, where tens of thousands of Jews and other …

Islamic history is full of free thinkers - but recent attempts to suppress critical thought are verging on the absurd

"This has nothing to do with Islam," say the imams. "These callous and fanatic murders have nothing to do with us," say the mullahs. "Islam means …

Boko Haram leader warns mass murder of hundreds in Baga is just 'tip of the iceberg'

Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for the mass killings in the north-east Nigerian town of Baga in a video where he warned the massacre “was just …

Welcome to Britain's first same-sex pagan marriage

<b>Just how far have we come? Well, this week two male witches got married in Scotland.</b><p>Tom Lanting, 34, and Iain Robertson, 39, have been together for …

'My tragic baby boy is helping another four children live - that's why I donated his organs'

For seven days Nick Hodges sat at the hospital bedside of his 10-month-old son, watching as doctors ran test after test.<p>Each time he and wife Donna …

Safe at last: Lionesses touch down in Britain after rescue from horrific German circus

This is the moment one of two magnificent lionesses touched down in Britain - after being rescued from a horrific German circus.<p>Tragic Maggie and …

Life amid the trash of a Rio dump

Photograph: LIANNE MILTON/Lianne Milton<p>‘I have seen some horrible things’ ... Sebastiana Pimenta <i>(left)</i> after a day’s work at the new Valter dos Santos recycling cooperative. Photograph: Lianne …

DOS

Boko Haram - the Guardian briefing

What’s the story?<p>Boko Haram fighters have kidnapped about 80 people, many of them children, in a cross-border attack on villages in northern Cameroon, the first time villagers from that country have been kidnapped by suspected militants. Latest reports say the Cameroonian army has freed about 20 of …

Doctors perform UK’s first organ donation from a baby

Staff praise parents for ‘extraordinary generosity’ in consenting to donation from child, who died soon after birth<p>Doctors at Hammersmith hospital have performed the UK’s first organ donation from a baby in a medical milestone that could see more newborns become donors.<p>Staff at the hospital in west …

West London

After the Paris attacks: It’s time for a new Enlightenment | Pankaj Mishra

We must move past the tired debate that pits the modern west against its backward other and recover the Enlightenment ideal of rigorous self-criticism<p>The perpetrators of the unconscionable massacre of Charlie Hebdo’s journalists, and the gratuitous killing of French Jews at a supermarket, were the …

Antisemitism fears grow in UK’s Jewish communities after Paris shootings

The tidy suburbia of Borehamwood doesn’t feel like the frontline in the fight against the murderous antisemitism that saw four shoppers killed in a Paris kosher supermarket this month. But here in south Hertfordshire, the fastest-growing Jewish community outside London, residents are nevertheless …

Guantánamo Diary

<b>After fourteen years of being held in Guantánamo without charge or trial, Mohamedou Ould Slahi has been released and reunited with his family in</b> …

Mum spared jail after severely emaciated dog she dumped by road has to be put down

Video Loading<p>A dog owner has been spared jail after badly emaciated pooch she dumped by road had to be put down on welfare grounds.<p>Tahira Bano was …

Tragic six day old baby is Britain's youngest organ donor saving two lives

A baby girl who died at six days old has become Britain’s youngest organ donor – saving two lives.<p>The tiny infant’s organs were the first in the …

Germany’s anti-Islamic movement Pegida is a vampire we must slay | Timothy Garton Ash

As suspicion of Muslims grows in Germany and France, the danger of a vicious spiral is palpable. We need to counter this xenophobia now – before it is too late<p>No, no, surely not. On top of everything else, not that. Three days before a young Eritrean was murdered in Dresden, a swastika was daubed …

Far-right Politics

Nigeria is failing its citizens over Boko Haram

The question raised in your headline (Why did the world ignore Boko Haram’s Baga attacks?, theguardian.com, 12 January) implies the usual western conspiracy and/or neocolonial design, which is often used by some of my fellow Africans to explain away our failure to sort out our own problems. While …

The Guardian view on the Church of England and politics | Editorial

The archbishops are not just attacking this government. By bringing the deep questions back into politics, they have bigger ambitions than that<p>The hierarchs of the Church of England have launched themselves into the election campaign. In a book of essays to be launched on Tuesday, they denounce …

Belo Monte, Brazil: The tribes living in the shadow of a megadam

By the Great Bend of the Xingu river in the depths of Amazonia, the Juruna tribe is being drowned by what seems at first sight to be a flood of TV game-show prizes.<p>There’s a shiny new motorboat moored by the old canoe, the latest four-wheel drive parked beside a chicken coop, satellite dishes …

Pope Francis thrills Manila as estimated 6 million turn up for mass

An estimated six million people flocked to Manila’s Rizal park on Sunday to attend the final mass of Pope Francis’ five-day visit to the Philippines.<p>The turnout breaks the record set by the last pope to say mass in the same park – John Paul II in 1995, when five people million attended.<p>The pope is …

Pope Francis

Somalis torn between hunger in Dadaab and uncertainty at home

The world’s largest refugee camp, at Dabaab in Kenya, is piloting a scheme offering voluntary repatriation to Somalis<p>On 8 December, a blue and purple bus made a highly significant and somewhat controversial journey, 350 miles across the tatty scrubland that forms the border between Kenya and …

Theresa May pledges extra police patrols to counter antisemitism threat

UK security and counter-terrorism,Theresa May,Politics,UK news,Counter-terrorism policy,Charlie Hebdo attack,World news,Race issues<p>At service to commemorate Jewish victims of Paris attacks, home secretary highlights security concerns and says UK must wipe out prejudice<p>Antisemitism is making Jewish …