IRAQI forces have launched a fresh offensive to drive Islamic State fighters out of Tikrit, home town of executed dictator Saddam Hussein, while the militants warned they would attack Americans "in any place".
FORMER military top brass have raised warnings about the crisis in Iraq as David Cameron headed to a Cornish beach on his second holiday of the summer.
Not that I have a Govian view about national innumeracy but it does seem some of the political classes have a pretty slender grasp of arithmetic.
THE estimated death toll in the Ukraine conflict has nearly doubled to at least 2,086 as of the start of this week, from 1,129 on July 26, the United Nations human rights office has said.
Nearly a week after Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill made a statement to MSPs on armed police officers, the issue still resonates in the Highlands.