1. ISIS beheads US journalist
The Islamic militant group ISIS has beheaded another American journalist – Steven Joel Sotloff, a freelance journalist who was abducted a year ago in Syria.
In a video, made public overnight by a jihadist monitoring organisation, a masked man describes the act he is about to commit as retribution for the US air strikes.
“I’m back, Obama, and I’m back because of your arrogant foreign policy towards the Islamic State… despite our serious warnings,” the man says.
The White House said it couldn’t confirm the authenticity of the Sotloff video.
His family have said that they are aware of its existence and are grieving.
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2. Ashya’s parents not to be prosecuted.
In a startling development, the British Crown Prosecution Service has withdrawn a threat which enabled the Spanish police to detain Brett and Naghemeh King.
Ashya’s parents were detained in a Spanish jail after taking their sick son out of hospital last week against medical advice.
A CPS spokesman said it had “urgently reviewed the case” and found “insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction for any criminal offence”.
“We have therefore decided to stop the criminal proceedings” the spokesperson said.
The Telegraph reports British PM, David Cameron, whose own son died in 2009 after suffering cerebral palsy and epilepsy, was reminded of his son while watching footage of Ashya King.
David Cameron said he recalled Ivan, his son “endlessly sitting on (his) lap” as he fed through a tube while he and his wife, Samantha, “struggled to deal with the difficulties of having a desperately ill child.”
3. Gang rape in Melbourne.
Updated: 6am: Five men have handed themselves into police after an alleged gang rape in Melbourne’s east.
Three 20-year-olds and a 19-year-old from Bentleigh and a 21-year-old from Dandenong handed themselves into police about 9pm last night.
The woman was restrained with masking tape after she was approached by two men on Chapel St and taken into nearby Snowball Lane about 4.15am on Sunday.