Deir al-zour, Syria Ambae, Vanuatu
Leader speaks: Islamic State has released an audio recording of its leader, Abu Bakr al-baghdadi, that appears to have been made after his reported death in an air strike on eastern Syria in May. In the tape, the first to be released for ten months, Baghdadi (pictured) refers to the battles for Mosul and Hama, and to North Korea’s nuclear threats against the US. He gives little guidance to his followers in the dwindling caliphate, but urges them to “intensify one attack after another against the infidels’ information centres”.
Mass evacuation: The tiny Pacific nation of Vanuatu launched a “Dunkirk-style” evacuation of one of its 83 constituent islands this week, in response to indications that the volcano at the island’s centre was about to erupt. The Manaro Voui volcano, Vanuatu’s largest, began hurling steam and rocks into the air on Saturday. By Sunday, a flotilla of vessels, including ferries, canoes and fishing boats, had been mustered – and had evacuated 1,000 people from Ambae; the rest of the island’s 11,000 residents were expected to have evacuated by Friday.