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A displaced woman and child flee violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State in Sinjar (CNS)

State-run Iraqia TV says pilot dies after crash in Sinjar mountains

The flag of St George, the flag of Scotland and the Union flag fly on the border (PA)

Despite historical fears of sectarianism, some former Catholics have become Scottish Nationalists

Iraqi refugees in a camp near the northern city of Irbil (CNS)

Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue criticises ‘shameful practices’ of beheading and FGM

Displaced Iraqi Christian families, who fled from the village of Hamdaniya near the northern city of Mosul (PA)

Babies and the elderly among those suffering from diseases, thirst and malnutrition

Cardinal Fernando Filoni (CNS)

Cardinal Fernando Filoni’s visit delayed by 24 hours due to logistical problems

Displaced Iraqis from the Yazidi community gather for humanitarian aid at the Syria-Iraq border  (AP)

Tornado jets to fly to Iraq to take part in reconnaissance missions to help humanitarian mission

Iraqi refugees who have fled from the Islamic State

Cardinal sent to Iraq as an envoy says he thought the Pope ‘would like to go himself’

Pope Francis has sent an envoy to help Christians in Iraq (CNS)

Pope Francis has asked Cardinal Fernando Filoni to travel to the region to meet Christians chased from their homes by militants of the Islamic State.

President Barack Obama speaking about the situation in Iraq Below: Displaced Iraqi Christians settle at St. Joseph Church in Irbil, northern Iraq (PA)

David Cameron criticises ‘barbaric attacks’ by Islamist terrorists

Black smoke billows over the skyline as a fire at the oil depot for the airport rages out of control after being struck in the crossfire of warring militias in Tripoli, Libya last month (PA)

‘People are frightened and there is no visible law and order,” says Franciscan Father Allan Arcebuche