Our chief correspondent roams across the news agenda bringing both light and shade to his topical reports.
If it is to be the new front in this growing war then it is certainly a place of some significance. As you drive south from Donetsk it is the smokestacks you see first coming up from the summer heat haze of the steppe.
From everyone here, tales of how the IS come into your town or village and offer you the chance to convert to Islam, get out of town and your home – or be killed by bullet or beheading.
Thousands of Iraqis, predominantly from the minority Yazidi ethnic and Christian groups, have fled to mountainous regions to escape an advance by Islamic State fighters in northern Iraq.
Summer happens. Get over it. Surely we don’t need safety advice for normal weather events?
This is precisely the kind of act guaranteed to wipe the gloss of the weekend euphoria as US Secretary of State John Kerry flew in to Kabul to broker a deal between arch-rivals.
A 24 per cent spike in civilian casualties in Afghanistan in the first half of 2014 suggests the Taliban and other insurgent groups are on the march again.
You can’t really complain about a shadow over Rangers and the effect on the club’s value when the club itself has broken the rules.
We were supposed to leave Afghanistan with some kind of credible military forces to stop all this from happening. That does not look very credible.
Going to the Tour de France as a spectator is all about everything Big Sport left behind when it decided to become Big Business.