Google has announced it has acquired Al Jazeera America, a US-based online news organisation, in a deal worth around $1bn (£660m).
The deal follows a $5.7bn deal Google announced in March for the US digital news organisation.
The news agency said in a statement that it was “deeply grateful” to Google for its strategic investment in Al Jazeera and its global reach.
“Al Jazeera America is a leader in delivering innovative, high-quality content for users around the world, from the United States to Europe and beyond,” the company said.
Google’s deal with Al Jazeera is the largest in US media history.
The news website has a staff of around 200 journalists and video editors and hosts around 20 shows on its YouTube channel, along with the news website The World Tomorrow.
Google previously had a stake in Aljazeera Media Network (AMN), a joint venture between Google, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
The deal comes after Al Jazeera reported on the existence of an encrypted Telegram messaging service used by the Islamic State group in Syria.
The Islamic State has seized large swathes of Syria and Iraq since 2014, and the group has used Telegram to communicate with supporters.
Al Jazeera reported last month that a Telegram account of a senior member of the Islamic States group had been used to recruit fighters for the group, and that the account was linked to an internet cafe in Istanbul that had been raided by Turkish authorities.